The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 3 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 2 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 3 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 3 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 4 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1500 m
Slopes1500-2925 m
Lifts28
Pistes140 km
Price index155

Crans-Montana

Switzerland

Cabane CAS

The upside

  • Large, varied piste area
  • Splendid setting and views
  • Excellent, gentle nursery slopes
  • Very sunny slopes, but ...

The downside

  • Snow is badly affected by the sun
  • Large, busy, urban resort
  • You may need a car or buses
  • Few challenges except off-piste
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    News – 2017/18

    The gondola from Montana to Arnouva and the moving carpet serving the Arnouva beginner area are now free to ride.

    News – 2016/17

    The lifts out of Montana were replaced by a 10-seat gondola to Arnouva and a six-seat chair lift from there to Cry d’Er. The new top station now has a DJ and après-ski from lunchtime on plus a 500-capacity club open some evenings. In the terrain park, a new Olympic standard half-pipe opened. The Ycoor leisure centre now has a new outdoor ice skating rink and indoor curling.

    Summary

    We love Crans-Montana’s wide views, its pretty slopes and some of its mountain restaurants and smart lodgings. It’s just a shame that the place is more like a city than a rustic village, and that the slopes get the full force of the southern sun.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
    • Snow 2 out of 5
    • Queues 3 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
    • Expert 2 out of 5
    • Intermediate 4 out of 5
    • Beginner 3 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 3 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 2 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 2 out of 5
    • Scenery 4 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 4 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1500 m
    Slopes1500-2925 m
    Lifts28
    Pistes140 km
    Price index155