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Crans-Montana - Ski Area Guide

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Ski Resort in Swiss Alps - 160km99 miles of Piste (1,500m4,921ft to 3,000m9,843ft). Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Once two separate villages, Crans and Montana officially met up and merged in the 1960s, Together they have a 50,000 bed base and are 6km long, with a modern, lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The resort also boasts breath-taking views of the Alps, from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.

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Crans-Montana Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Crans-Montana
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 15km9 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2070km43 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1755km34 miles
Number of runs
Total Length
160km99 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
30km19 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Crans-Montana Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Crans-Montana
Max Vertical1,500m4,921ft
Highest Lift3,000m9,843ft
Lowest Piste1,500m4,921ft
Resort Altitude (Crans-Montana)1,500m4,921ft
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The Swiss Ski Resort of Crans-Montana has direct access to 160km99 miles of downhill skiing, with 50 individual pistes, served by 34 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 3,000m9,843ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Crans-Montana are perfectly feasible. Sion Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Skiing in Crans-Montana

Crans Montana has a huge amount of terrain south-facing slopes. The ski range is from 1,476 metres (nearly 5,000 feet) - a better height than most major resorts in the Alps for resort-level snow cover, up to 3,000 metres (nearly 10,000 feet). Crowned by the Plaine-Morte glacier, the vertical drop is a respectable 1524 metres (5000 feet).

The resort was the location for the 1987 World Alpine Skiing Championships and the World Alpine Ski Cup Finals of 1992,1998 and 2008. Every year a number of FIS World Cup events are also staged here including men's and women's downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.

An excellent choice for beginners, thanks to the resort level snow and the huge area of gentle slopes that in summer transforms into the golf course.

Crans Montana's main skiing is divided in to three areas although they are all well lift-linked to one another and by five different gondola lifts from various parts of the resort itself. The biggest is Cry d'Err , the second Violettes - location of many of the resort's tougher runs, and the third Aminona above the purpose built centre of the same name.

Intermediate level skiers will find plenty to occupy them at all levels, particularly the long run down from the Plaine Morte glacier. Experts will enjoy the men's downhill course, the Piste nationale, and there are also many off-piste itineraries to explore with a guide. Lift queues are rare thanks to recent investment in high-capacity, high-speed lifts, most notably the Funitel gondola. Excursions are possible to neighbouring Anzère or further afield to Grimentz, Verbier or Zermatt.

There are some 30km (19 miles) of cross country trails, including a high altitude loipe on the glacier, and the Foulée Blanche race is staged in the resort each January.

Snowboarding in Crans-Montana

A popular choice for snowboarders who have a snowpark with rails, jumps, wallride, box, hip, C-Rails, Rainbow. All the pistes, which include runs of up to 12km (7.5 miles), are open to 'boarders , and most of the terrain is served by high capacity gondolas so no messing about on surface lifts - even better for 'boarders.

Both Crans and Montana have specialised 'boarding shops and tuition is offered by the Swiss Ski and Snowboarding Schools, Ski and Sky School and Stoked Boarding School.

Crans-Montana Aprés Ski

There are nearly a hundred bars and restaurants to choose from, popular watering holes include the Amadeus Bar in Montana and Le Pub Georges and Dragon in Crans. The New Pub with pinball and giant TV screen pulls in the younger crowd. There's a Mexican restaurant and bar famous for its cocktails (Zapata), a Cuban bar with a large choice of cigars (Punch Bar), a wine bar with a wide selection of red and white (Postillon) and a bar offering a big selection of electronic games (Constellation). .

Late night entertainment provided by seven different night spots open through to 4am and the Friday disco night at the open air 'Patinoire d'Ycoor' ice rink is always good fun. In addition there is a cinema, often showing English language films, 10 pin bowling and a casino.

Crans-Montana in brief

Crans-Montana Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Crans-Montana Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Crans-Montana.


Usual opening - Mid Nov.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Crans-Montana.

Where is Crans-Montana?

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Crans-Montana Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Crans-Montana is able to augment natural snow, on 17km11 miles of ski runs, with 200 Snow Cannons.

Crans-Montana Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 34 Ski Lifts of Crans-Montana are able to uplift 36,520 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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