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The Swiss resort of Crans Montana is located in a sunny position on a shelf above the Rhone Valley, amidst glorious high-alpine scenery, The resort is actually made up of two centres - Crans-sur-Sierre in the north-west and Montana to the south-east, both centres about 1.5km apart from each other, but the resort has been marketed as Crans Montana since the 1960s, something that proved a successful idea in the 1970's and 80's as it gained a reputation as a swanky, upmarket, modern resort (although one of the drawbacks has been that it has lost much of the traditional character that many visitors are looking for). For what it's worth, Crans is the slightly more well-heeled of the two centres. When it comes to the skiing, Crans Montana is a real joy for intermediates, with plenty of red slopes covering the mountains above town. Given the size of the ski area the lack of real expert terrain is a bit of a surprise, and some of the slopes are not ideal for complete novices to progress onto. So all in all, Crans Montana is a mix of fantastic scenery, plenty of slopes for people who've skied before, some 70's style buildings and some really upmarket areas. And whilst it's not really got the charm of a traditional chocolate-box Swiss resort, lovers of fancy shops and 5-star hotels will certainly enjoy it !

Crans Montana - The Good, the Bad, ...and the Facts!

  • Crans Montana Resort Alititude: 1475m.
  • Intermediate's paradise.
  • Great record of sunny weather.
  • Fantastic scenery.
  • Pistes can be badly affected by the sun.
  • Resort is more like a town and lacks traditional Swiss charm.
  • Surprisingly little for expert skiers given the number of pistes.

Crans Montana Live Streams

No live-streams are currently available for Crans Montana.

Crans Montana Web Cameras

A list of webcams for Crans Montana and the surrounding area.

  • Crans Montana Webcams - variety of livecams from the official tourist site, including views of the Plaine Morte Glacier slopes and the ski slopes at Le Merignou.

Crans Montana Snow Record

With locals claiming that Crans Montana is the sunniest area in Switzerland, it's no surprise to hear that the resort suffers from a few issues early and late in the season, with lower slopes being affected when the sun's out and shining on the pistes in all it's glory.

Crans Montana is Family Friendly

Crans Montana has Amazing Scenery

When there's been a good snow fall and the sun is shining (as it often is - locals claim this is the sunniest place in Switzerland), the scenery at Crans Montana is hard to beat, with incredible vistas over the Rhone Valley and further afield to the Italian border.

Any Summer Skiing at Crans Montana ?

Crans Montana History

Crans Montana - Getting There

Getting to the Slopes at Crans Montana

The Skiing at Crans Montana

Crans Montana Piste Maps

A list of piste-maps for Crans Montana and the surrounding ski areas.

Crans Montana The Resort Itself

Crans Montana Other Activities

Crans Montana Local Knowledge

Having based himself during the winter months for nearly two decades in Gstaad, the eyebrow-raising 007 star himself, Sir Roger Moore, swapped one glitzy Swiss resort for another when he moved to Crans Montana with his with Kristina in the 1990s.

Crans Montana plays host to one of Europe's top golf tournament, the European Masters, every year at the Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre. The tournament, by far and away Switzerland's largest, has been held here every year since 1939.

Crans Montana Apres Ski

Crans Montana - Any Chance of Early Snow ?

Crans Montana Resort Style

Crans Montana Annual Events

Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...

Crans Montana Useful Links

If you want some further information on Crans Montana, then you might find these links to other sites useful...

Hotels + Chalets in Crans Montana

Crans Montana hotels and chalets.

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