Vast mountain plateau of Crans-Montana, from where a wonderful view of the Valais Alps opens, resembles a sun-lit terrace. Just behind the resort a forest starts. Downhill trails are laid above the forest border; tourists are taken there by numerous lifts. Trail Nationale downhill leads eastward, the rest go southward. The sun gladdens sportsmen, but changes the quality of snow cover.
The most difficult trail is La Toula (1000 m, elevation change 400 m), the longest one, Plaine Morte – Montana, leads to the lower station of Violette-Express (12 000 m, elevation change 1500 m). Those who love virgin skiing go to the Plainte Morte glacier. Here cross country trails are laid where national teams of many countries train. Crans-Montana hosted many international competitions, including the Alpine Skiing World Cup final in 1998.
The village of Aminona is located at the same altitude as Crans-Montana. From here lifts lead to the top of Petit Bonvin (2400 m) where prepared trails meet the highest requirements. One may downhill to Violettes through La Tza and La Barmaz and then reach the trails of Crans-Montana by a lift.
Those who like wild nature often prefer └nzere located several kilometers away to this famous resort. Skiing conditions here are similar, but └nzere is separated from Crans-Montana region by a deep gorge.
Crans-Montana resort is considered prestigious by snowboarders: half-pipe here is 150 m long, both snowparks (Pleine Morte, Trail TSA) meet the highest requirements. There is a board cross trail in Anzere (Les Patres).
In addition to indoor sports Crans-Montana offers riding lessons, skating (outdoor skating-rink), tobogganing (track 3100 m, Anzere), paragliding, and hiking over the surroundings. The usual range of après-ski entertainments here is supplemented by a casino.
Resort InformationResort elevation: 1500 – 2900 m
Season duration: November, 25 – April, 28
Number of lifts: 35 + mountain funicular
Number/length of trails: 50/160 km
Length of cross country trails: 40 km
More difficult: 50%
Most difficult: 13%
For snowboarders: snowpark, half-pipe
Snow cannons: +
Ski schools: 4