WINTER 2021/22 PRESSKIT - HIGHLIGHTS
The lantern path
An enchanting walk in the mountains
This winter, the lantern path will plunge you into the enchanting legend of the Bella Lui Star, so that you can experience an enchanting winter season in the mountains.
The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and the first snowflakes are falling. It’s the beginning of the most magical of all seasons. Based on the story of “The Shepherd and the Bella Lui Star“, the festival celebrates the magic of winter lights in the mountains. In a convivial and family spirit, explore the unspoilt natural area around the centre of Crans-Montana as you walk the Lantern Path between Lake Moubra and Lake Etang Long, and experience winter in the mountains.
A wide Ski Area
The Nationale piste
Looking out over a breathtaking panorama, the Crans-Montana ski area stretches over some 140 km, with 24 modern lifts for skiers of all levels. Within the ski area, the "Piste Nationale" deserves a place on the list of iconic slopes. Named after the 1987 World Championships, where three Swiss skiers proudly took all three podium places, it remains a symbol for all skiers who ski here.
A wealth of culture
Crans-Montana is a destination full of history and popular Valais traditions that travellers can discover at the Grand-Lens museum as well as the Colombire Ecomuseum. All cultural tastes are catered for, enjoyed and shared here.
Examples of our cultural diversity include: a museum of model trains for all the family; the Opale Foundation in Lens, that brings together Swiss and international artists; the Vision Art Festival, which has helped to draw urban art away from large cities and into the heart of the Alps; and of course, the five galleries of Crans-Montana. This year, Bienalsur returns to Crans-Montana and invites you to explore its open-air art gallery in the Rue du Prado. Music from popular and classical through to electro can also be heard at numerous concerts, events and festivals throughout the year.
An epicentre for ski competitions
Bid for the 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships
Crans-Montana has established itself as a classic on the Ski World Cup circuit, with its demanding Mont-Lachaux and renowned Nationale pistes. And prospects for the years ahead are bright, as Crans-Montana has submitted its bid for the 2027 Ski World Championships, more than thirty years after it hosted the 1987 World Championships, which left its mark on people’s memories as well as the Swiss alpine skiing world. This is the biggest event in the discipline, bringing together the world's elite men and women for a two-week ski festival.
Ski Food Safari
A gourmet marathon on the slopes
This year, the Guest Table event from March returns on 26 March 2022! The Ski Food Safari takes you to the wonderful Crans-Montana ski area. Enjoy speeding down the ski slopes, and intersperse your day with gourmet breaks in different establishments that will offer you one of their specialties, accompanied by a glass of local wine, for CHF 10.00.
15 Ski Touring routes, 40km, 8000m H+
Crans-Montana is offering 15 ski touring routes (blue, red and black) with over 40km of marked and secure paths. Unique in the world, the routes in this gigantic park offer over 8,000 metres of height gain.
Suitable both for beginners and the more advanced, it includes three introductory level routes, as well as a route called «La X’trême» with a height gain of 3,000m and four uphills. These ski mountaineering routes have been created in collaboration with Séverine Pont-Combe, ski-mountaineering champion.