In 1984 Crans-Montana (1500m) was the finish of a mountain stage in the Tour de France. Now it's an ideal location for cyclists to discover the great routes and cols of the Swiss canton Wallis.
Crans-Montana embodies both, idyllic mountain village and modern alpine resort with all facilities for an unforgettable holiday experience. Four reasons inspire visitors to come to Crans-Montana: nature, sports activities, culture and recreation.
Crans-Montana combines the comforts of a modern holiday resort with an extensive natural landscape and a panoramic view to the Valais Alps. It is one of the few places to see both Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the two most outstanding mountains in the Alps. Crans-Montana offers a great alpine shopping, art galleries, wellness facilities and a gastronomic offer for all budgets, plus a wide range of hotels and chalets/apartments. Visitors from all over the world come to Crans-Montana for major sports such as biking, golfing, hiking and skiing.
Crans-Montana is an ideal place to spend great holidays, where young and old will find what they are looking for amongst the many activities on offer year-round. Bibi’s House welcomes the youngest family members, both in winter and summer, with plenty of entertainment, games and laughter. In winter, the golf course is transformed into an island of leisure activities, whilst in summer, visitors can fully enjoy all the family activities at the lakeside.
In Crans-Montana, whether in the resort or on the pistes, when tastebuds quiver every gourmet will find what they’re looking for amongst the huge choice of restaurants which vary from mountain huts to Michelin-starred establishments. Quality local produce, numerous foodie events, passionate craftspeople and chefs illustrate the wealth of gastronomy in our region.
The beauty of an immaculate blue sky in the daytime. The pleasure of artificial lights at nighttime. The night has different faces in Crans-Montana: after a good meal in one of the many restaurants in the resort, everything is open! The jazzy ambiance of a piano-bar, the atmosphere of a cabaret, or dancing until the early hours for hardcore clubbers.
With over 200km of road routes, Crans-Montana stands out as the Swiss alpine centre for cycling. Steve Morabito, a frequent visitor who is passionate about this area, has designed 10 new hugely varied routes for all levels. Covering the valley up to the peaks and even including a mountain pass!
The mind-blowing landscape includes plains, vineyards, historic villages, high plateaus, lakes and mountains.
Hotels with facilities for cyclists and bikers. In Crans-Montana you find the best accommodations for your cycling trip in this breathtaking environment.
360° views, south-facing, vineyards, forests, 9 lakes, 4 waterfalls, pastures and a glacier. This is the varied scenery that provides a perfect playground for mountain bikers.
The vast domain includes 77km of enduro and cross-country tracks for all levels (all certified and signposted). 11 routes, with a total vertical height drop of 2,350m. 3 downhill routes: a red, a black and a blue track for beginners or to do with kids.
Do you want to rent a bike or does your bike need to be repaired? Then you want the best bike shops in Crans-Montana. CycloWorld knows the best places.
TIP: Are you with your partner and is he/she less trained? Rent an e-bike and go into the mountains together. Way cool!
But hey! Do I need to climb every day from the valley to the town at 1500m? No problem, the ultra-modern furnicular with free bike-transport brings you in a couple of minutes from Sierre to Crans Montana.
Crans-Montana is well known for a lot of events. This is what you can expect...
Visit the Crans-Montana Tourism website for the complete agenda!
The huge diversity of natural scenery in the Crans-Montana region makes it a key destination for walking. From picturesque vineyards to green prairies irrigated by the ‘bisses’ (irrigation streams), forests and clear mountain lakes, the eternal snow of the glacier, passing by historic villages and mountain chalets, all that is left to do is to choose your route!
The parks’ new layout, endorsed by Nicolas Vuignier, freestyle professional and ambassador for Crans-Montana, forms part of a project devoted to riders which invites them not only to go out and have fun in the wakepark, bikepark and snowpark, but also to share their photos, videos and experiences on a new website.
A legendary snowpark, a wakepark in the mountains and a sensational bike park.
Thanks to its topography, from the Rhone Valley at an altitude of 500m up to the Plaine Morte Glacier at 3,000m, Crans-Montana is an ideal playground for trail running. 15 routes have been specifically planned and signposted for mountain trail running.
In total 200 km of routes have been mapped out, with a total of 15,800 m of elevation gain. Routes range from 2 km to 55 km and elevation gain from 300m to 4,200m.
From mid-June to end-October, enjoy free cable cars. Access to the climbing hall, mini golf or the swimming pool (until 6th September), this advantage card, which is given to everyone who pays visitor tax, will enable you to explore Crans-Montana!
Keep the paper or digital version (on your smartphone) with you throughout your stay, and present it to any of the selection of tourist partners participating in the My Explorer Card programme.