Top infrastructure, snow and soothing sunshine
Especially its favorable natural conditions have led to the good reputation of Crans-Montana. The Mediterranean climate that prevails in the region provides plenty of sunshine, with up to 300 sunny days a year and 6 hours of sunshine per day. The moderate solar radiation, the quasi-total absence of precipitation and winds ensures throughout the winter for a thick layer of snow. If the weather does not play out that way, more than 230 snow-making systems at sensitive spots in the ski area remedy . The snow, a Mediterranean climate, a permanent sunshine and extra-wide pistes complement harmoniously the constantly-evolving infrastructure to make Crans-Montana one of the most respected ski areas in Switzerland.
Crans-Montana is a nearly 100-year-old ski area whose development began with the organization and hosting of the 1987 Alpine World Ski Championships. Since then, the ski area is growing steadily. The facilities are constantly being improved and brought up to date with the latest safety regulations, for more intensive and more authentic winter sports fans' skiing experiences. The ski lifts have become more varied from season to season and nowadays include gondolas, chairlifts, a rope lift, a glacier track and even a conveyor belt lift, which especially helps beginners to get to the pistes. The recently rebuilt, detachable 6-seater chairlift at the foot of the magnificent Bellalui runway as well as the renovation and replacement of individual gondolas of the Aminona gondola lift are the latest signs of modernization.
Varied opportunities for skiers of all levels
In Crans-Montana, skiers have a number of options. No less than 35 km of ways through forests and along lakes are prepared for cross-country skiing. The "Toula", a difficult but secure-deep snow piste is the highlight for freeriders. Experienced skiers can also take a ski hike to the Nuseyhorn under the guidance of experienced mountain guides. On this route, over glaciers, passes, caves and rugged pistes, a height difference of more than 1300 m has to be overcome. Skiers have the choice between several ski schools where they can learn the basics and prepare for the pistes. So you can enjoy the long-covered with powder snow pistes of Crans-Montana to the fullest after a short time. Sled and airboard riders will find a 6 km long sledge track on the Mont-Bovin piste, with a difference in altitude of 900 m. Fans of snowbikes, snowcoots and snowskates can practice their favorite sport in the snowpark at the Cry d'Er. Specially designed exercise areas in snow parks allow the little playful to train in peace and expand their skills. Several ski rentals provide equipment, tools and other useful items.
For the Après-Ski Program for pistes close there in Crans-Montana, there are lots of offers and activities. Numerous restaurants offer local specialties and exotic delicacies from all over the world. Bars, nightclubs, fashion boutiques, two museums, a cinema and wellness centers offer winter sports fans a wide range of activities after long hours on the pistes. Tourists traveling to Crans-Montana in April can enjoy the annual Caprices music festival. More than 80 well-known musicians appear on various stages, with numerous rock concerts and a discotheque at an altitude of 2200m on the terrace of a mountain station.