The two neighbouring resorts of Crans and Montana are situated at an altitude of 1500 m on a sun-drenched plateau high above the Rhone Valley. Together they form one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Valais.
South-facing, and with a glacier at 3,000 metres, Crans-Montana is one of the safest bets for sunny skiing in the Alps. Yet this smart, easily accessible Swiss resort is barely a blip on Canadian skiers’ radar. Quite why is hard to fathom. Traditional alpine architecture combines with the fabulous views, and an easily accessible ski area whose broad, open slopes are mostly a mix of easier and more challenging reds, plus a smattering of blues, which stretch well down below the tree line, yet also offer high altitude glacier skiing, and plenty of good off-piste areas. Directly beyond the edge of the forest the pistes are broad and open, ideal for beginners and deep-snow skiers.
Advanced skiers will take the chairlift to La Toula to find a really challenging descent. Particularly popular are the broad carving pistes and the valley descent down the Piste Nationale which, at 12 km, is the longest in the region. Gondolas whisk you to either Chetzeron (2100m) or to Cryid d’Err (2267m) or to Lee Violettes (2250m) and then by cable car to Tubang (2826m). There is then a further cable car link which is quite breathtaking across to the peak of Pte.Plaine Morte (3000m) which then offers an excellent and long red pistes back to the mid-station or for those fit enough to the base station of nearby Les Barzettes which will then mean a gondola journey and so linking skiing across to Cryid d’Err before you can ski down to Crans-Montana.
The resort is made up of two distinct centres (Crans to the west and Montana to the east), connected by a linear, mountainside road, with spectacular views across the Valais canton of western Switzerland. While it is perfectly possible to find good value accommodation, Crans-Montana pitches itself at the rich and famous. Sir Roger Moore is a resident, while the brand name shops in Crans (Hermès, Prada, Montblanc) do a brisk trade.
If you have any energy left at the end of the skiing day, you can enjoy skating and curling, tobogganing, or venture indoors for squash and a sauna, or go to the swimming pool and ten-pin bowling. In the evening there is a casino, restaurants and bars and a good selection of nightlife. There is a free ski-bus service linking all the skiing areas and base stations.
Single Supplement: $200.00
The hotel and restaurant has been fully renovated in 2015 and enjoys one of the best locations in Crans-Montana, sunny and quiet, surrounded by a mountain lake, with a breath taking view to the Alps and the Rhone Valley.
Three minutes walking distance are enough to reach the ski lifts, ski school, the center of the town (boutiques, sport shops, piano bars…), and all other sport facilities. The public bus stop is a 2 minute walk and offers a free-shuttle service around the ski area.
The guest rooms are furnished with great care. All are equipped with a bath or shower, flat-screen TV, direct-dial phone, free wifi, and more than 90% boast a private balcony.
The hotel is owner-managed and is proud of its long affiliation with the Swiss Society of Hoteliers (SSH) for the past 60 years. The owners are graduates of the renowned Hotel Management School of Lausanne. In addition to its official 3 star rating, the hotel has been awarded a Label of Quality for Swiss Tourism in 1999 and 2003.
To sum up, modern comforts and a warm and personal welcome, not to mention carefully prepared cuisine all contribute to the long-lasting loyalty of our guests.
Group Size / Room Allotment
There are a very limited number of spots available and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
12 x double or twin bed rooms
6 x single rooms
Flights are on Air Canada with tax included. Here is the itinerary:
AC 878 16FEB YYZ to Zurich 1645 0625 non-stop
AC 835 24FEB Geneva to YYZ 1150 1734 via Montreal
NOTE: Air Canada currently does not charge for a ski/boot bag combo as a 2nd piece of check-in luggage. This is subject to change at any time. It is the clients responsibility to check the airline’s website before travel, to reconfirm rules and fees.
Deposit & Payment Details
A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is due when reservations are confirmed.
The balance of payment is due December 27th, 2017.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the “fine print” and more details.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment