SPORT - GET INTO THE SWING OF THINGS
Here, sports fans will discover an idyllic setting and first-class amenities. Besides the four golf courses which make Crans-Montana a world-famous destination for golfing aficionados, there are many other summer sports that will appeal even to the sportiest of visitors. It’s fun all the way up, whether it’s hiking or biking on the trails, wakeboarding on the lake or paragliding. Later in the year, at the first signs of snow, the winter sports take over with 140km of ski runs, snowshoeing and ski mountaineering, numerous cross-country ski runs, a large skating rink and one of the most beautiful snow parks in Switzerland. Crans-Montana is sheer paradise for sports lovers throughout the year.
Over a century of tradition has established the resort’s reputation worldwide, alongside its famous courses, the Severiano Ballesteros (18 hole) and the Jack Nicklaus (9 hole). Four courses, a prestigious club, an indoor centre open year-round and host for the OMEGA European Masters, this is what the Crans-Montana plateau, with its views over the Rhone Valley, has to offer golfers from all over the world.
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 training camps
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.
An extensive network of paths, either by irrigation canals, in the forest or in the mountain pastures, are the source of great happiness for walkers. With extraordinary views, and in the heart of rich and diverse natural surroundings, there are infinite possiblities for walks or more sporty explorations here. The Grandeur Nature area in Aminona offers a programme of free activities, including guided walks to discover the area’s most beautiful places. Discover our suggestions!
Crans-Montana launched its own Trail Running routes, so don’t hesitate to come and explore them, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Crans-Montana is offering 10 new signposted trail routes. Including the existing 5 routes, there is now a network of over 200km covering the whole region. From 2 km to 55 km long, with a height difference of 300m to 4,200m, there is something for all levels and tastes. You can also train on one of the vertical trails (Ollon-Crans, Flanthey-Lens and Corin-Montana) or on one of the famous Trail des Patrouilleurs routes.
Crans-Montana is well known for its major events, particularly in the field of sport. Here are the events that will take place this summer:
- Super Spring Session (25-26th May)
- Sport Talent Charity Day (7th June)
- Jumping Longines Crans-Montana (12-14th July)
- Alpine Cycling Festival (8-11th August)
- Meeting international Fiat 500 (24-25th August)
- Omega European Masters (29 August- 1st September)
- Trail des patrouilleurs (28 September)
- Jeep-Heep-Heep (28-29 September)
- Foot race of Ascension of the Christ-Roi (12 October)