SUMMER PRESSKIT 2019 - HIGHLIGHTS
MY EXPLORER CARD
From the first night you spend in Crans-Montana, whatever accommodation you choose, receive your very own advantage card! Free cable cars & transport….Go even further! Explore Crans-Montana and its mountains like never before! Enjoy lots of free activities and advantages:
- Cable cars
- Shuttle buses
- Children’s electric cars
- Mini golf
- Indoor ice rink
- Swimming pool
- Climbing hall
- Hiking | Trail | Mountain bike | Road cycling Maps
CRANS-MONTANA INNOVATIVE BY TRADITION SINCE 1893
Crans-Montana was born when two friends from the valley, Louis Antille and Michel Zufferey, fell in love with this majestic plateau during a hunting trip, and opened the first hotel, Le Parc, in 1893, marking the beginning of the history of the entire region. The exceptional air quality and sunshine gave rise to sanatoriums from 1896 onwards. Following this came the golf era from 1906, and then skiing, with the first downhill race in 1911. Other developments such as the vineyards, the ‘bisses ‘(irrigation canals), alpine pastures and also key events and also celebrities have made Crans-Montana a destination that is enriched with 125 years of fascinating history.
To mark this anniversary, 12 giant illuminated letters spelling Crans-Montana have been installed on the banks of Lake Grenon, at the foot of the Hotel du Parc hill, and on the Centenary Path, which links the centre of Montana and Crans. Replicas of these letters will also be found dotted around in natural surroundings, marking 12 of the most beautiful viewpoints in the region. So whilst walking between the valley and the glacier, you’ll come across these 12 letters together with a telescope, accompanied by video portraits of local celebrities, whose experiences and anecdotes will teach you even more about a theme closely related to each place.
For those who won’t have the chance to visit these little corners of paradise, it will be possible to meet these local celebrities and hear their fascinating stories on www.crans-montana.ch/125_ans. Log in and follow the 125ANS series. The glacier, the ‘bisses’, golf, skiing, water or mountain pastures, don’t miss any of the 13 episodes which embody the wonderful diversity of Crans-Montana.
CRANS-MONTANA, A FAMILY FAVOURITE
Crans-Montana is THE ideal family destination in the heart of Valais. It is one of two destinations in French-speaking Switzerland to have been awarded the label “Family Destination 2019–2021” by the Swiss Tourism Federation. Young children will not have time to become bored this summer because, among so many other attractions, they can discover the brand new Bibi’s Gardens. Crans-Montana’s favourite marmot has set up house here and welcomes children of all ages for a programme rich in free activities and events from May to September. Centred around Bibi’s burrow, these gardens are a fantastic leisure centre for the entire family with basketball courts and floorball (unihockey), plus ping pong tables, electric cars and a brand new miniature golf course. Crans-Montana is proud to offer a splendid variety of open-air activities, including pedalo rides and paddle boarding on the lakes, leisure walks with strollers along irrigation canals, playgrounds as well as camps for children, the Fun Forest adventure park in the trees, the Swiss Model Railway Foundation and Bibi’s treasure hunt. These are all part of the activities for the very young. Adolescents will also find plenty of wonderful things to do, including paintball, a wakeboarding park, beach volleyball, horse riding, a bike park, canyoning adventures, rock climbing, tennis, cinema, bowling, etc. which will leave them with magnificent memories of their holidays in the mountains.
From July to August, Grandeur Nature also offers a programme of organised activities that are free for everyone, including initiation and advanced trail hiking, a wood craftshop, construction of a mountain cabin, cheese making, the gathering and tasting of wild plants, yoga walks and horse trail rides. Sunny restaurant terraces and mountain huts in the region are ideal for enjoying delicious local specialities in an idyllic setting.
The Grandeur Nature space welcomes visitors looking for peace and quiet and revitalisation in the heart of untamed nature, looking out onto an exceptional panorama of mountain peaks and forests. Along an irrigation canal, in the forest or in an open alpine pasture, a network of trails is available for hikers and mountain bikers. As for culture, you will enjoy discovering the Colombire Ecomuseum, which offers an insight into life in the Alps as it was many years ago.
A sport real sand beach in the centre of Crans-Montana!
To make the most of the summer season, the Beach Club will be in operation at the Étang Long from June to August. Open from 11am until 9pm, those with energy to burn can take on beach volleyball, banana boating on the lake or cable wakeboarding. Deckchairs, swimming, restaurants and beach bars will be welcomed by visitors seeking rest and relaxation. Families will also discover the Water Games, an inflatable obstacle course on the lake.
CRANS-MONTANA, A BIKERS’ PARADISE
Crans-Montana has always had close links with cycling over the years. In 1984, it welcomed a stage of the Tour de France and since then, the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie have come here regularly. With several Swiss Bike Hotels and key events such as UNICEF’s Cycling for Children, the region could not be better suited to cycling enthusiasts. Steve Morabito himself, the professional cyclist is responsible for the design of several routes around Crans-Montana. Furthermore, the awesome Bikepark opened in 2001 and has quality descents for all levels.
The area also boasts varied biking facilities such as:
>A bikepark with red and black trails, two North-Shores and Pumptrack
>An enduro and cross-country mountain bike map showing tons of maintained trails
>Over 200km of road cycling routes around Crans-Montana for roadies, 10 of which are designed, tested and approved by Steve Morabito. A completely new map of cycling trails is available at the Tourist Office.
>Several charging stations for electric bikes
>Four 3-star hotels designated as Swiss Bike Hotels: Hôtel Elite, Hôtel Mont-Paisible, Hôtel La Forêt and Hôtel Panorama
>Several sports shops dedicated to cycling, biking courses and supervision as well as organised
Everything is easily reached from the plains thanks to the Sierra-Montana funicular which takes bikes at no extra cost. Cross-country, enduro, downhill and electric bikers alike will have their expectations exceeded in Crans-Montana.