Crans-Montana



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Crans-Montana
The area is conspicuously upmarket, with almost as many well-heeled posers as keen skiers. Best suited to confident intermediates. There is a very lively cosmopolitan ambience in winter; conference groups, golfers and mature wealth in summer. The accomoodation is varied with a large choice of stylish 4- and 5-star hotels and plenty of smaller mid-range establishments. Abundant apartments, particularly in Aminona; distinct lack of individual chalets. Handful of B&Bs. Shoppers are well-provided for with the resort in 2 parts, which combine to ensure that just about everything is available, although at a price. Crans boasts the bulk of the designer boutiques and upmarket jewellers, while Montana has more mainstream stores and ski-hire/sports outlets. Activities in winter include, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, curling, ice-skating, paraskiing, swimming, bowling, squash, tennis; health treatments/wellness centres; scenic hot-air balloon flights. In summer, golf, museums, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, canyoning, paragliding, horse riding, scenic ski-lift rides.
By night there are lively bars and restaurants; choice of late-night music venues and discos; casino; weekly night-skiing on illuminated piste; cinema (often showing English-speaking films). Those with looking to eat out are spoilt for choice. Fast food, pizza, pasta, Chinese, regional specialities, fondues and upmarket gastronomic French and Italian restaurants. As with most of Switzerland, nothing comes cheap, especially here. Getting around the area is also pretty stress free with regular free shuttle buses which run until mid-evening around and between the 2 village centres, as well as to neighbouring Violettes and Aminona. Buses also link the outlying parts of town several times daily. Local taxis are convenient but expensive alternatives. Public buses and trains to the valley towns of Sierre and Sion. Local excursions consist of summer shopping and sightseeing to Zermatt; Lake Maggiore; Montreux and Lake Geneva; scenic alpine tours by coach.