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Crans Montana

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When the mountain hamlets of Crans and Montana merged in the early 60s, it became the dream destination in Switzerland. Located deep in the Rhone Valley, Crans-Montana provides a typical European ambience. The resort, which boasts of breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, is quickly becoming a multi-season destination resort comparable to Verbier or Chamonix (in France).

The winter season runs from December to April with the busiest times clustered together in early January and mid-February: these peak times are expensive as you would pay a dear sum for ski passes and accommodation. During the last week of March and the first week of April you can take advantage of the late snow and last minute deals on resort accommodation, since winter skiing is finished across the board by mid-April – though at altitudes above 2000 or 2500m the season extends from November to May. Year-round summer skiing is possible in a few resorts on glaciers at around 3000m.

In case you are wondering… there is much more than skiing that one can do here. Crans-Montana provides a niche for everyone; whether you’re a honeymooning couple, a family on holiday… there is something for everyone here.

Give the traditional European sport of curling a try. If speed turns you on then check out the thrilling Toboggan and Tubing Park. The resort town offers a range of activities from scenic dogsled tours to paragliding in spring for everyone who loves excitement and adventure.

A unique characteristic of Crans-Montana are the trails for hiking; almost 30 kilometers (19 miles) of trails are kept clear year round, and snowshoe rentals and guided hikes are also available upon request.

For those who want a little cross-country action Crans-Montana offers over 40 kilometers/25 miles of beautifully groomed trails, as well as a speed loop. Equipment can be rented at almost any ski shop.

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