The two neighbouring resorts of Crans and Montana are situated at an altitude of 1500 m on a sun-drenched plateau high above the Rhone Valley. Together they form one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Valais.
The ski slopes stretch from the high plateau up to the Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 m. Directly beyond the edge of the forest the pistes are broad and open, ideal for beginners and deep-snow skiers. Advanced skiers will take the chairlift to La Toula to find a really challenging descent. Particularly popular are the broad carving pistes and the valley descent down the Piste Nationale which, at 12 km, is the longest in the region.
The skiing area of Crans-Montana is composed of 140 km (87 mi) of pistes, and includes the glacier of Plaine Morte. It is topped by the Pointe de la Plaine Morte at 2,927 m (9,600 ft). Around 50% of winter guests come to Crans-Montana for reasons other than skiing and boarding. That's because so many guests are property owners who come to enjoy the 63km of paths for walking (280km in summer), and to relax in the mountains amid stunning scenery, enjoy more than 150 shops and boutiques.
These twin towns have much to offer, including an impressive view of the chain of mountain peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc and a particularly wide programme of activities all year round.
- Base: 1,500 metres
- Summit: 3,000 metres
- Vertical: 1,500 metres
- Ski area: 140 km
- Longest run: 12 km
- Number of ski lifts: 26
- Riders per hour: 36,520