A wonderland of white awaits you when you visit Crans Montana in Switzerland during the winter. It’s located in the very heart of the French speaking Swiss Alps, 1,500 m (4,920 ft) above sea level. It serves up picturesque views of the Valais Alps which offers 1668 hikes and the Weisshorn, translated means white peak/mountain. It’s an imposing peak of the Swiss Alps and stands at 4,506 metres (14,783 feet) above sea level.
Switzerland is formed of 26 cantons and is in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais. The municipalities of Chermignon, Mollens, Montana and Randogne were merged in January 2017 to form a new ski centre, Crans Montana. The skiing area of Crans-Montana is composed of 125 km of pistes, and includes the Plaine Morte Glacier. Its mountain is the Pointe de la Plaine Morte which stands proudly at 2,927 m (9,600 ft). Crans Montana is just over a two hours’ drive from Geneva and Zurich Airports.
Famous for hosting the World Championships in alpine ski racing in 1987, it is one of many leading ski events that takes place in Crans Montana. The Omega European Masters professional golf tournament is held there every September and Tour de Suisse and Tour de Romandie bicycle racing stage finishes events have been held there too. The 20th stage of the 1984 Tour de France was also held there, meaning avid sports fans have a variety of sports to watch. Plus, the only winter mountain pop rock festival is held there. The whole family can enjoy something a little bit different, by having breakfast whilst being suspended in a Funitel chairlift between Les Violettes and Plaine Morte. The panoramic views of the Alpine peaks are breathtaking and usually lasts around 45 minutes as long as weather conditions are favourable.
Crans Montana is known as the sunniest ski resort in Switzerland, due to the pistes facing south. It’s ideal for intermediate skiers to head to this ski area as the terrain is most suited to them. The pistes are mostly easy ski runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. Expert skiers and snowboarders need to go off piste for more challenging options if they wish. Beautiful views over the area and woodland, make property for sale in Crans Montana highly desirable. Although Crans Montana has been merged, in some sense they are totally separate villages and offer a different feel from one another. If you’re partial to designer boutiques and glitzy nightclubs, you are best visiting Crans, you will also see a famous face of two from TV or film. Montana is more a traditional village with the usual Après ski entertainment centered on cosy bars and restaurants which attracts a younger crowd.
The Crans Montana Snow Party is spread over two days and everyone, no matter your age is welcome. There are lots of fun activities, tournaments, sports and music to enjoy. Do you like to take part in a carnival? If so, you are in luck as the carnival is where you can see marching bands, hear Guggenmusik with lots of activities including face painting and it’s not only the kids that love that! Guggenmusik is a term used in Switzerland, southern Germany and Austria that identifies the type of music that’s played at these festivals. Night skiing is available here and when you’re finished, head to the restaurant and sing to your hearts content to the live music there. The festival of Etoile Bella Lui, is superb for families where the town is filled with pretty lanterns, craft stalls, village markets, a ferris wheel and ice rink over the December/January period. It’s an ideal time to visit during Christmas and New Year.
The nearby ski resort of Lens is just 12 minutes away (6.3 km) and here you can enjoy the 5,000m2 indoor and outdoor action and sports centre. It has trampolines and foam pits where you can test your skills in safety, plus ski and snowboard camps. The ever popular ski area of Zermatt is just 80 minutes away (71.5 km), Zurich is 3 hours 39 minutes away (311.2 km) and Geneva is 2 hours 16 minutes away (188.6 km). The capital city of Switzerland is delightful Bern and is just 2 hours 4 minutes away (183.8 km) by car.
Crans Montana offers visitors two different lifestyle options. All you have to do is choose which one is best suited to you, however as they are only one mile apart, you have the best of both worlds.
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