Crans Montana offers a classic Swiss ski holiday experience thanks to over 100 years of history. Offering wonderful views of the mountains, and the notorious Matterhorn, it's accessible in a little over 20 minutes. Read our detailed resort review for all you need to know.
Perched high above the Rhone Valley, the two towns of Crans and Montana have 5 gondolas servicing a vast and varied area. You'll also find the top ski resorts of Zermatt, Saas Fee and Verbier are easily accessed by road or rail. Access is via local airports at Sion and Geneva, the transfer time from Sion is 20 minutes, from Geneva approximately 2 hours.
On the Slopes
Ski holidays in Crans Montana offer over 160 km of terrain and with 5 gondolas servicing the area, there's always good snow somewhere on the mountain. Advanced skiers will enjoy tackling the World Cup pistes, while intermediates will find plenty of long, wide red and blue runs. There are three nursery slopes for beginners, plus a ski school at Grand Signal. And finally, snowboarders can enjoy snow parks at Pas du Loup and near the Plumachit ski lift.
If you ski Crans Montana you are also in the Swiss ski region of Valais .
Off the Slopes
The ski resort is made up of two villages, Crans and Montana, linked by a free bus service. Eating out is not cheap (this is Switzerland!), but the food is excellent. For a taste of traditional food try La Cave or Le Mayan. There are also numerous shops and sporting facilities including ten pin bowling, ice skating, curling, a fitness centre, indoor tennis, squash courts and tobogganing. The town also offers great non ski activities including the balloon festival in February.
Who's it Best For?
Very good for beginners but don't forget if you are an expert you have the mens downhill-the Piste Nationale!
The scenery here is fabulous as Crans Montana has great views across the Rhone Valley. Yet despite this Crans Montana is something of a sprawling resort, running along for about 6km. It is a busy resort with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs and of course the legendary spa treatments.
If you are looking for a package holiday check out the holidays we can offer you here. Alternatively you may be looking for accommodation only, so if its a hotel room or chalet you are looking for then check out the deals we have and book direct with owners.
Why Choose Crans Montana in Switzerland?
1. Very good for beginners and intermediates, good choice for families.
2. Experts can play on the Piste Nationale, the famous mens downhill course.
3. Amazing scenery to ski in.
4. Good lift structure, few lift queues.
Is It Right For You?
If you are sure that Crans Montana is the right resort for you then check out the holidays we can offer you and book a great deal online. Alternatively check out all the accommodation on offer and book direct with owners.
Crans Montana has an amazing 46,000 guest beds, so there is no shortage of accommodation on offer here. There are a good range of hotels here alongside apartments and chalets. In fact a large proportion of the beds available are in chalet style apartments.
Chalets are hugely popular still with skiers and boarders, for many they are the epitome of a ski holiday. Chalets can be booked catered or non catered and the prices will vary from luxury to more basic models.
Where Should I Look for a Chalet?
You should find what you are looking for here with a good choice of catered and non catered chalets. For sheer luxury you may want to try out the likes of Skiinluxury who have a number of chalets here some even offering swimming pools and a chauffeured 4x4.
The Crans Luxury Lodges are also worth looking at. These are 5 chalets located above lLs Barzettes. Each chalet has a private spa and a chef is available should you need one.
Apartments have become more popular with skiers over the years primarily because on the whole they are slightly cheaper than chalets and hotels but also because they have got better!
In Crans Montana there is no shortage of accommodation on offer. In fact at the last count there were 46,500 guest beds. Accommodation includes hotels, apartments, and chalets. Within these numbers there are a very high number of chalet style apartment buildings.
As well as the large number of apartments on offer do also check out the hotels. Many of the 3* hotels offer good value for money and offer facilities that include swimming pools and spas.
Are Apartments Really Such a Good Idea?
Well they can be cheaper and they can also offer amazing facilities particularly the modern apartment complexes. They are also a great idea if you are travelling with other families or in a large ski party.
Crans Montana offers a wide range of hotels with almost everything covered. There are 34 hotels including 4* and 5* hotels and even three that have a 5* superior rating. In addition to the hotels there are apartments and chalets, in fact there are 46,500 guest beds, so something for everyone.
Some of the hotels offer ski in ski out and many are built on south facing slopes with fantastic views of the Valais Alps. This resort became famous for its spa treatments and you will find some amazing spa hotels here for those of you who want pampering with your accommodation.
What Type of Hotels Are On Offer Here?
If you want a luxury hotel offering then check out Le Crans Hotel & Spa and Hotel Guarda Golf, they are both members of the 'Leading Small Hotels of the World'.
If you want to spend less there are a good range of 3* and 4* hotels here including Aida Castel and Hotel de la Prairie. So whatever your hotel need you should find it here from top end luxury to small cozy and simple.
The nearest airport is Sion, 27km, Geneva is 181km, Bern 185km and Basel 276km. Geneva may be your best bet as it has more flights from more UK airports than Sion. But if you can get to Sion airport you will have an incredibly quick transfer-35 minutes in fact.
Transferring from Geneva
You could get a train from Geneva to Crans Montana via Sierre. The train journey is about 2 hours 15 minutes, then a further 20 minutes journey from Sierre to Montana. From here its a short taxi journey into Crans Montana.
You could always get a private taxi from Geneva into Crans Montana, the journey is about 2 hours. This can be a good option if there are 8 of you to share the minibus. Alternatively you could always hire a car which could be a good option if you want to explore the skiing area.
Driving from Geneva is quite easy as most of it is motorway driving. . The last 14km from Sierre to Crans Montana is a tricky mountain road but the scenery is amazing. Parking in Crans Montana is fine, there are main car parks next to the lift stations.If you want to drive the whole way, its a 6 hour 40 minute drive from Paris and an 11 hour drive from London.
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Ski Schools in Crans-Montana
Whether you want to have ski lessons or snowboard lessons, most Crans-Montana ski schools offer a wide range of options including half day lessons, private or group lessons. Use GoSki.co.uk to find out more.