WINTER 2019/20 PRESSKIT - NEWS
Etoile Bella Lui, the magic of winter 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. The Etoile Bella Lui festival invites you to discover the magic of winter in the heart of Crans-Montana, illuminated by the light of the Lantern Path, with a craft market and big wheel.
The festival is based on the story of « The Shepherd and the Bella Lui Star » and honours the magic of winter lights in the mountains. Explore the pristine Nature surrounding the centre of Crans-Montana in a convivial and family spirit, as you walk the Lantern Path between Lake Moubra and Lake Etang Long.
In the snowy streets of the village, winter takes on the delicious flavour of local produce, its taste enhanced by our exceptional chefs, bakers, cheesemakers and winemakers. A central gastronomy area invites you to share an aperitif.
Artisans will also be present, specifically in the « Land and Nature » area, which highlights the region’s built and cultural heritage. Take time to stroll around and discover their wonderful creations, which will perhaps inspire a few gift ideas for Christmas. Stories, street artists, light shows, a big wheel, figure skating, an illuminated Christmas tree, a visit from Father Christmas; is there a better way to enjoy the holiday season and its magical moments ?
Know that from 6 December 2019 until 5 January 2020,
Etoile Bella Lui will illuminate the holiday period in this innovative festival
that pays tribute to the magic of winter in the mountains.
A veritable shrine to action sports
Crans-Montana is already well-known for its parks (snowpark, bikepark and wakepark), but it is continually developing the choice for action sport fans. The latest development is Chalet Alaïa, a veritable shrine to action sports, which opened its doors at the beginning of 2019. High quality infrastructure such as trampolines, indoor ramps, foam pits and bowls mean different sports can be practised year round. Outside, there is a gigantic skatepark which measures around 2,400m2, consisting of a snakerun, and pumptrack, as well as a skate plaza and bowl. Keen children and young people can take part in winter and summer camps, and put into practice the tricks they learn at the Chalet in the different parks in Crans-Montana.
With over 5,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor infrastructure, French-speaking Switzerland now boasts the biggest and most complete action sports centre of its kind. Upstairs, there’s a bar which looks out over the activity halls so that family and friends can watch sports fans evolve in their chosen sport. When the warmer weather is here, a food truck will be installed outside the building.
"Family Destination" Label
A destination which spoils families
Families really are looked after in Crans-Montana. In fact, the destination easily met the numerous conditions required by the Swiss Tourism Federation in order to obtain the 2019-2021 « Family Destination » label. The entire service chain is proud to be able to offer a welcome adapted to families : from transport to accommodation, via restaurants, all stakeholders in the destination have worked together to obtain this result. Amongst the strict criteria demanded for the label; infrastructure for families such as playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas, hiking paths that are accessible with pushchairs, and swimming lakes.
Another aspect that is important for welcoming families is the wide variety of activities on offer in both summer and winter; minigolf, acrobranch courses in the trees, horse riding, a climbing hall, waterskiing, a games library, paintball and bowling are just a few examples.
The different partners who came together on this project are particularly proud of the « Family Destination » label, as only 2 destinations in French-speaking Switzerland have been awarded it, notably Nendaz and Crans-Montana. Crans-Montana Tourism and Congress would like to thank all their local partners, as well as Andros, the company linked to the label, and without whom it would not have been possible to obtain the label.
All about discovery
The Fondation Opale has moved to the Crans-Montana Haut-Plateau. Through exhibitions and workshops, gatherings and publications, the Fondation Opale intends to install a permanent dialogue between Aboriginal art and contemporary art. Fondation Opale aims to offer a permanent exchange between Aboriginal art and contemporary art. Several ancient artworks from Arnhem Land, paintings from Papunya dating back to the early seventies, and also recent artwork from the APY Lands form part of contemporary Aboriginal painting art history. Two major collaborative paintings and an installation of wooden spears, «kulata tjuta», are the central pillars of this exhibition.
An ideal cultural destination, Crans-Montana has both the quality and diversity which enables it to offer both its residents and visitors an ideal choice of culture all year round. Whether it’s the visual arts, music or exploring local heritage and education, there is no doubt that the excellent seasonal programme and the variety of places and key establishments will win over enthusiasts as well as novices. Find out more about them here, together with the cultural events that you shouldn’t miss under any circumstances this winter.
1st Residences' project in Switzerland
Six Senses Crans-Montana marks the first resort and residential project in Switzerland for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, in the picturesque Alpine destination of Crans-Montana. Slated to open in 2021, the resort and residences will both be managed by the award-winning Six Senses hotel group. Construction of the resort began in October 2017, and the development partner on the project is 1875 FINANCE, an independent financial advisor and international leader in wealth management. With its sumptuously furnished 47 apartments and 17 residences, Six Senses Crans-Montana will be a unique comprehensive offering in what is one of the finest and most beautiful ski areas in the Alps – as desirable in the height of summer for walking and cycling as it is during the ski season.
Six Senses Crans-Montana will feature two restaurants, a bar and a magnificent terrace with awe-inspiring views. Six Senses Spa Crans-Montana will measure 21,527 square feet (2,000 square meters) and focus on uniquely adapted alpine therapies and treatments. Guests and residents will have access to a gym, a swimming pool and a relaxation area. A separate spa area for children and teenagers will also be included with treatments adapted for younger guests. Six Senses Crans-Montana will also offer unforgettable and unique off-site experiences, individually adapted to the wishes and requirements of guests, whether it be bespoke excursions into nature, sports activities, social or cultural events moments and experiences that will be remembered forever.