Crans-Montana has an extensive ski area, spanning 140km of marked trails crowned by a glacier for the ultimate snow guarantee. The skiing lies at an altitude of 1,500 – 3,000 metres above sea level, offering a breathtaking panorama across the peaks of Valais.
The ski area consists of four adapted areas: the family area, the fun area, the glacier area and the nature area. The runs are varied, with tracks for all levels stretching from the peaks overlooking the Plaine-Morte glacier to the golf course on the high plateau above town. Much of the area is south-facing, meaning sunshine is all but guaranteed. In terms of tech, Crans-Montana has invested well in their resort, with powerful, modern ski lifts and plentiful snow-making meaning you will always be entertained, no matter the month.
Don’t miss the large snowpark, with the only 22″ superpipe in French-speaking Switzerland. Or the fun 8km long slope from the glacier to the village, one of the most enjoyable in the resort.
Crans-Montana also boasts what was believed to be the world’s first ski touring park, The Rando Parc, with 15 ski touring routes (blue, red and black) with over 40km of marked and secure paths. Created in collaboration with Séverine Pont-Combe, a ski-mountaineering champion, there are some routes that offer a serious challenge, but also some where youngsters or those new to ski touring can enjoy their first ski touring experience in relative safety. The easiest route gives 212m of climb over a fairly gentle 1.3km.
When you get hungry after a morning’s skiing (or touring!) the area is home to over 20 high-altitude restaurants, with sunny terraces and the chance to enjoy food from globally renowned chefs. And when you’re ready for some serious après-ski, the Cry d’Er Club d’Altitude offers a party on top of the world right here on Crans-Montana’s slopes.
With such a vast and varied ski area, it’s no surprise that Crans-Montana is often the host of Alpine Skiing World Cup events. Each year, the best and brightest athletes in the skiing world compete on the formidable Mont-Lachaux track, an incredible spectacle and great fun for spectators.