Where To Stay
If you’re looking to sleep in luxury check out the four-star L’Art de Vivre. The rooms have a beautiful view of the surrounding scenery and the spa includes an outdoor jacuzzi looking onto the mountains as well.
The three star Hotel Olympic is a cheaper option and also a favourite of many visiting skiers. Though it doesn’t have a lounge, the style of the modern alpine rooms with rustic Swiss designs provide a great base.
Where To Eat
Check out La Cabane des Violettes when it’s time for lunch. It’s a mountain hut 2,208m above sea level with a brilliant outdoor terrace and some stunning cliff-edge views. The place is run by mountain guide Pierre-Olivier Bagnoud and the rösti, a traditional potato-dish with cheese, onion and bacon is fantastic.
Where To Drink
For après, head to Cry d’Er. 2,220 metres above sea level, you’ll find a 360 degree panoramic view of the Pennine Alps. It’s the Swiss answer to ‘La Folie Douce’ and ties culinary delights with a strong music program. It’s a relatively new addition to Crans-Montana.
Monk’is Ba and Amadeus Bar are good go-to’s for a drink back in resort. The former is a bar which runs themed-nights on Tuesdays, and the latter, in the basement of Hotel Olympic, is a staple of the nightlife in the region.
What The Locals Say
“To get the best snow get up early and first ski the pistes on the east, where you’ll find the piste for the downhill World Championship, and then during the day go to the top of the mountain, to the south. It’s possible to do off-piste there, and finish the day on the west of the mountain.”
François Moser, mountain guide in Crans Montana for 12 years.
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