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Crans-Montana Ski Resort Guide

Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length160km
Highest Lift3,000m
Resort Height1,500m
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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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.


The Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,500m, with 160km of marked runs.

Crans-Montana has direct access to 160km of downhill skiing, with 50 marked pistes, served by a total of 34 ski lifts.

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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Crans-Montana?

The next notable snow forecast is 6cm, expected on 3 October, with around 22cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Crans-Montana Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 15km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Crans-Montana Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,000m
Lowest Piste1,500m
Resort Altitude (Crans-Montana)1,500m
Max Vertical1,500m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Crans-Montana
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Crans-Montana Overview

Originally two villages, the natural advantages and resulting popularity of Crans and Montana led to the two villages joining under one name in the 1960s. Those advantages begin with the resort's wonderful location, on a sunny terrace of lakes and woodland with views across the Rhone Valley and out towards the mountain peaks of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

Famous for its pure mountain air, Crans Montana today is a large, cosmopolitan resort boasting over 60 international restaurants, an excellent range of shops, lively nightlife and culture, a comprehensive program of activities and a wide-ranging choice of sporting activities beyond skiing. A free bus service links all the different sections of the resort. Crans Montana is also building a reputation as an international conference centre similar to Davos, attracting scientists, economists and politicians from all over the world to events based in its Regent Congress Hall.

Crans Montana has a long and illustrious history in winter sports and Swiss tourism in general dating back to the early years, although the resort also recognised the potential of golf from the start, opening the Severiano Ballesteros 18 hole course as early as 1906 and staging the first Swiss Open in 1939. The first hotel, Le Parc, opened in Montana in 1893. Over 100 years later there are now more than 30 hotels, with total tourist bed numbers of over 40,000. The resort's history is inextricably tied up with the Central European Latine culture, a tradition still clearly visible today.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Crans-Montana is 12km long and the most difficult run is the 'Toula'.


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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Crans-Montana?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Sierre, Valais.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Crans-Montana is Sion, 40 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Berne, Annecy, Basel and Chambery airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 34 ski lifts are able to uplift 36,520 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 17km of ski runs, with 200 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Crans-Montana open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Crans-Montana, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Crans-Montana Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Crans-Montana

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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.