Crans Montana is one of those ski resorts that is more of a bustling urban centre, that that just happens to be at the foot of a mountain, than what we traditionally think of as a classic European ski village. Technically it is two towns (Crans and Montana) which are right next door to each other who's borders are intertwined. Each town has its own identity and resort centre but Crans is slightly more upmarket with fancy jewellery shops, a pedestrianised centre and a 5* hotels. There is plenty of people with money to spend in both Crans and Montana and there are plenty of ways for them to send it. with roughly 150 shops between them and over 100 bars you will never be short of something to do provided that you have got deep pockets.
Crans Montana is set just above the beautiful Rhone Valley and from the highest peaks you will enjoy stunning views across the Valais region. Many people who stay in Crans Montana do not go there to ski, as there is so much more on offer, but if you want to combine a cosmopolitan feel with great skiing then a ski holiday to Crans Montana could be ideal for what you are after. There is 145km of piste on offer and a good spread of blue, red and black runs to keep a mixed ability group happy. The longest run is a gruelling 12km and there is a descent snowpark with half-pipe, jumps, rails, boxes and a boarder/skier cross.
For advise on where to stay and to get your ski trip to Crans Montana booked then just call our friendly sales team on the number above. Just sit back and relax and let us do the hard work for you.
Click to enlarge
* Locations are for guidance use only.
Beginners skiers are well catered for in Crans Montana. The area of the resort know as Snow Island is tailored to the needs of families and novice skiers. It sits on top of what is a golf course in the summer and the gradient on the slopes is gentle and ideal for learning to ski on. There are button lifts and a magic carpet which is perfect for beginner skiers but there are also other activities for children such as snowtubing and sledging. As well as snow island there are plenty of blue runs in the area to practice on and ski school either meets at Snow Island, the bottom of the Bibi Express lift or the mid station of the Signal Cable Car.
There is loads of intermediate skiing in Crans Montana. 90% of the runs that Crans Montana has to offer are blue or red runs, so you can cover nearly all of the available terrain without having to face a nasty blacks. In all the blue and red runs cover almost 125km os piste. In fact you can ski all the way done from the top of the glacier down to the bottom lift station without touching a black run which gives you 1427m of continuous vertical drop.
Although there are only 4 black runs in the resort there is still enough on offr for those looking for some advanced skiing in Crans Montana. There is 1427m of vertical drop and the longest run in require is a thigh burning 12km! You will also want to check out the 'Piste Nationale' which stages the the Men's World Cup Down Hill'. There is also a good selection of off its set skiing available and you can do racing training with most of the ski schools in the area.
For most people the snowboarding in Crans Montana is all about cruising and cutting some lines on piste and hitting the decent size snowpark with half-pipe, boarder cross, rails and jumps. For those seeking something a big more exciting then there is also a decent amount of off piste on offer as well bunt realistically a snowboarding holiday in Crans Montana is for those who want a cosmopolitan holiday which they can combines with snowboarding. There is loads of shops and bars in Crans Montana so if you want to ride slopes by day and spend money by night then Crans Montana is the place for you. See our 'après ski in Crans Montans' section for more about the shopping and nightlife.
In good conditions there is quite a lot of off piste skiing in Crans Montana. On the lower slopes there are plenty of lines through the tree and there is a lot of steep and deep to be found on the higher slopes as well. Be carefully is just dropping of the side of the piste. There are quite a few hidden drops and cliff that need to be navigated or even dropped for extreme thrill seekers. It is highly recommended to hire a local guide. Heli skiing is also on offer in Crans Montana.
The apes ski in Crans Montana is laid back and relaxed rather than loud and lively but that is what they want and it suits the general clientele. In Crans Montana the majority of your ape ski time will be spent either in the Spa and wellness area of your hotel or out and about enduring in some retails therapy. There are roughly 150 shops split between Crans and Montana and if you have got big money to spend then they certainly know how to let you do it.
Crans tends to be a bit more upmarket than Montana with fancy shops and jewellers but Montana has its fair shareware of retails outlets as well. Don't be surprised is you see quite a few fur coats being worn out and about and you will spot your fair share of expensive motor vehicles on show as well.
As much as the bars in Crans Montana are not thriving between 6pm-9pm there is still plenty of nightlife. There are over 100 restaurant and bars between the two towns as well as 5 or 6 night clubs. The casino is also always very popular so if you don!t feel that you have spent enough in the shops then why not have a flutter.
There is a whole range of other activities to do in Crans Montana other than ski and snowboard. As mentioned above they have a casino and they also have a 3D cinema and a bowling alley. You can also do snowtubing, sledding, paragliding ice skating and dog sled rides and if your budget will stretch far enough there are helicopter sight seeing flights to enjoy as well.