Crans-Montana is an internationally known health and sports resort area in the heart of the Swiss Alps, it is located 1,500 meters above sea level in the French-speaking part of Switzerland . Known as "The Sun Terrace of Switzerland ," Crans-Montana is situated on a sun-drenched plateau that enjoys an average of 13 hours of sunshine every day in the summer. Rising above the vineyards and orchards of the Rhone Valley , the camp is surrounded by magnificent pine tree forests and is protected from wind by a snow-peaked mountain range.
Set high above the Rhone valley, Crans Montana offers 160kms of varied and challenging skiing and is an excellent resort with many facilities for people of all ages and interests. Originally two villages, Crans and Montana are now linked and the free bus service offers easy access to the numerous shops, sporting facilities and slopes. Five gondola links from different parts of the resort are the starting point for the well connected ski area, which is regularly host to world cup events.
There is a huge variety of cafés as well as different bars and clubs.
There are over 80 restaurants to choose from offering a massive variety of meals and atmosphere.
Activities In the Summer
Crans-Montana is charming, sporty, entertaining, culturally mature and trendy. Tasteful ambience amidst the most plentiful Alpine shopping in the world is what characterises the town's chic.
There is 280 km of hiking routes extend between five mountain lakes and fragrant forests. Water as life-giver: Crans-Montana has brought the Alpine irrigation system that dates from the 12th century and the paths along its canals back to life again. The «Bisse du Rho» with its overhanging passages is a special jewel.
But Crans-Montana also means: mountain biking, horse riding, bridge clubs, enjoying music festivals, visiting art exhibitions, archery, hot air balloon flights, playing streetball, rink-hockey and lakeside volleyball.
It is home to a Culture and Congress Centre of international repute, which regularly hosts meetings of world-famous political leaders. Crans Montana is also famous for its holes - the ones on the golf course. The European Masters is one of the top events in the Swiss calendar. The amazing Severiano Ballesteros (18-hole) and Jack Nicklaus (9-hole) golf courses boast a magical backdrop: a panoramic view from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.
Activities In the Winter
Situated on a sun-soaked high plateau, Crans-Montana offers its guests comfort and an impressive view of the majestic peaks from the Matterhorn right round to the Mont Blanc. On the 160 km of slopes, skiers, snowboarders and carvers will find a real sporting challenge.
There is 40 km of cross-country ski trails and 60 km of groomed winter hiking paths offer a natural adventure in a snowy landscape. The friendly welcome and the complete range of cultural and sporting events will make any stay an experience.
12 km run from Plaine-Morte glacier
Night excursions on special skis or snowshoes followed by an evening meal of Valais specialities
Hot-air balloon rides
6 km sled run
Lit ski, carving and snowboard runs
Husky drawn sledge ride
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