Crans Montana is a Swiss resort in the central Alpine region of Valais - though it is actually a fusion of three villages; Crans, Montana and Aminona. The best places to stay in Crans Montana offer easy access to both town and slopes.
Like many alpine resorts Crans Montana was ‘discovered’ by British winter sports folk in the early twentieth century. Set on a plateau 1500 metres above the valley the town enjoys panoramic vistas towards the South. On a good day one can see the Matterhorn - and Mt Blanc is clearly visible too.
There are over 140 kilometres of marked piste including the glacier at Plaine Morte (3000m). Most of the runs are of an intermediate standard, however, the sunny South facing aspect and sophisticated low-key atmosphere appear to attract a high standard of skier - this is where the discerning choose to practise their turns!
The resort itself is very stylish in an old fashioned way and the skiing - despite it being a World Cup venue - is not the be all and end all. In the summertime Crans is part of the European golf circuit, and it has also featured as the finishing post for stages of the Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse cycle races. And for music fans there's an annual Caprice Rock festival - the only one in the alps.
Aside from walking and sport, this is a great place to simply come and relax. Everything is of the highest order that one would expect from a first class Swiss resort. Crans-sur-Sierre is a shopaholics paradise with boutiques galore, Montana is more ‘bon marche’. Many stars have chosen to make a home here; Roger Moore and Sophia Loren to name but two!
Whether you're here for winter skiing, or a relaxing summer break, use our guide to the best places to stay in Crans Montana to help plan your visit.
A luxury mountain chalet with extensive spa and relaxation treatments. The hotel offers beautiful rooms & suites as well as an exquisite, fine dining restaurant. Bedrooms are lavishly decorated with elegant interiors and fabulous views. Cosy wine cellar and stunning outdoor plunge pool.