Crans-Montana Travel Guide
Crans-Montana © lynnsta
Claiming to occupy the sunniest plateau in the Swiss Alps, the twin villages of Crans and Montana are perched 4920 feet (1,500m) above the Rhone Valley. Crans-Montana provides the best of both a mountain village and modern Swiss ski resort, offering an Alpine shopping paradise, and easy access to nearby attractions like the museums of Sierra, the underground lake near St-Léonard, and the glacier at Plaine Morte. The resort has a glitzy reputation and enjoys a fashionable nightlife. Crans-Montana offers many summer activities, including water skiing, swimming, mountain climbing, hiking, and a championship golf course.
Skiing in Crans-Montana stretches 9,842 feet (3,000m) up to the Plaine Morte Glacier, which provides year-round opportunities. There are 87 miles (140km) of marked pistes served by 27 ski lifts. While the golf course provides a gentle proving ground for beginners, experts may find little to challenge them. There are 22 miles (35km) of cross country trails, and the resort offers night skiing on Fridays until 10pm.
Crans-Montana's sunny location can have a negative effect on its snow. Traffic is heavy in the high season as most guests come in cars. There are few challenging runs for advanced skiers.