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Crans-Montana

South facing and bathed in sunshine, Crans Montana with its stunning scenery and wide open spaces is one of Switzerland's big resorts. Being lively, full of fun, pleasant and at the same time one of the trendy places to be seen, this amazing 4 season resort has spectacular 360 degree panoramic views including the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. Offering owners an all year round paradise for sports, many organised events take place in the resort, including European and World Cup skiing, European Freestyle Rip Curl, 5 day Music Festival, International Hot Air Ballooning Festival, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Horse Jumping, Marathon and even Rally Car Racing.

In Crans Montana, you can be sure of snow, even if it's sunny, thanks to its huge investment in the state of the art snow making facilities. The 160 km of piste accessed by an array of 38 modern lifts, capable of carrying skiers without delay, the ski domain caters for all levels of skiers with a mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. The 50,000m2 Amonia snowpark comprising boardercross, quarter-pipes, big-air and rails and is a treat for experienced or beginner freestylers alike, making this an exceptional ski area. With glacial skiing, great cross country opportunities (35km), snowshoes (15km) and 65km of signposted winter paths in majestic settings, the 6km, day/night sledge piste, is one of the most stunning sledge runs in Switzerland, providing an adrenaline packed altitude drop from 2400m to 1500m.

As well as the skiing and sledging there is a wide selection of other winter activities to choose from including, curling, ice skating, paragliding, horse drawn carriages or horse riding, snow tubing, airboarding, snow kiting, Nordic skiing, heli-skiing and Monster 4x4 riding. While in summer, the 300km of hiking trails and 180km of cross country mountain bike trails (40km downhill), range from 500m to 3000m and extended between mountain lakes and shaded forests. The resort boasts 3 golf courses including the Seve Ballesteros Championship Course, which hosts the annual Omega European Masters, the most famous European golf tournament and second only to the British Open.

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In addition to walking and biking, there’s canyoning, canoeing / kayaking, bowling, cinema, tennis, several swimming pools, squash, climbing, Fun Forest, waterfall adventures, summer cross country skiing, heliskiing, hot air ballooning, paragliding, Nordic walking, beach volleyball, riding and paintball to list a few of the many activities available to choose from.

The 250 boutiques spread throughout the resort offers a shopper’s paradise. With all the biggest names in French and Italian fashion designers, Swiss Watches, Jewellers and 5 art galleries hosting internationally renowned artists work, there’s something to tempt everyone. Crans Montana’s abundant selection of bars and clubs with an extremely varied choice of venues, means nightlife here is very exciting, while the Casino with its bar and restaurant provides perfect surroundings to relax in a friendly and modern environment. With a choice of 50 exceptionally high quality restaurants, it is possible to choose from International cuisine to Swiss Gastronomy.

Crans Montana can easily be reached by plane via Geneva, taking 2 hours by car from the airport. During the winter, Sion can be reached direct from the London airports by a number of specialist charter flights or by private plane, giving passengers an easy 40 minute drive up into the resort. A train service links Geneva to Sierre where a bus service takes you to the resort. Approximate transfer time from Geneva 2 1/2 hours. The high speed train TGV des Neiges from Paris runs direct to Sierre every Saturday in the winter season.

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Should you wish to visit any of the Crans Montana properties being marketed, we would be happy to assist you with arrangements including hotel recommendations in the resort. Please contact us for more information.

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