Crans-Montana lies right at the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is set at an altitude of 1,500m overlooking the Rhone valley and the town of Sierre. The sun-drenched resort faces due south. It offers something for everyone, from children right through to seniors, not forgetting free-riders and other winter sports fanatics!
In high season, the population of Crans-Montana can swell to 50,000, making it one of Switzerland’s leading tourist destinations.
Numerous wealthy residents live in the village all year round (they are mainly French, Swiss, Belgian, British, Italian and Russian). A number of celebrities also call the resort home (Sir Roger Moore, for example, was a resident). In addition to the pure mountain air, Crans-Montana offers lump-sum taxation rates that are generally far more attractive than those of Vaud or Geneva cantons.
- Sunshine is undoubtedly one of the resort’s main advantages. Its plateau location makes it one of Switzerland’s sunniest villages. The views of the Valais Alps, towering above to an altitude of 4,000m, are breathtaking!
- Sion airport is just a twenty-minute drive from Crans-Montana. In addition to facilities for private aircraft of all sizes, it offers regular services to and from the UK (London, Bristol and Southampton) and Belgium. Crans-Montana also boasts a heliport, and a funicular railway links the plateau to the valley below.
- It has two world-famous golf courses: the eighteen-hole “Severiano Ballesteros” and the nine-hole “Jack Nicklaus”. Every September, the international elite gather in the resort for Europe’s second-largest golf tournament. With 177km of waymarked trails, Crans-Montana is also a favourite with mountain bikers. Ramblers are in their element too, thanks to the paths that follow the region’s streams (known as “les bisses”). The resort has numerous lakes, and even an artificial beach where visitors can try water-skiing. If that sounds a little too tame, why not soar into the sky on a paraglider? Stunning views guaranteed!
- In winter, skiers can take their pick from over 140km of runs suited to all ability levels. With the highest point of the ski area at 2,900m (Glacier de la Plaine Morte), visitors can look forward to optimal snow conditions all season long. The resort also hosts the Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup on the demanding Mont-Lachaux run each year. Other winter options include a 7km toboggan run, an impressive snow park, a magnificent freeride zone (Les Faverges), cross-country ski trails, waterfall ice climbing, sled dog rides and heli-skiing (at Pigne d’Arolla, Wildhorn and Äbeni Flue).
- Crans-Montana is also known as a shopping destination, and has numerous luxury boutiques (Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Moncler, Rolex, etc.). There is a wide choice of restaurants, both traditional (Alpine chalets, etc.) and international (Italian, French, Japanese, Thai, Chinese and even Lebanese) together with bars and clubs. The Caprices Festival, a famous music festival, is held on the plateau every April.
- There is no lack of culture either. Lens, just a five-minute drive away, is home to the Fondation Pierre Arnaud art centre which stages major temporary exhibitions all year round. The Régent congress centre (capacity 2,000) hosts a range of events during the year.