Luxury holidays in Crans-Montana

Sun-drenched slopes, mirror-still lakes and views all the way to Mont Blanc: even for a Swiss ski resort, Crans-Montana is an overachiever. Its merits haven’t gone unmarked; the region’s restorative Alpine air has been relished by the rich and famous since the 19th century, and today glitzy bars draw an A-list après-ski crowd. Come summer, switch the salopettes for golf slacks and take your pick of the four prestigious, peak-ringed courses, or take to twisting trails for a pine-scented hike.

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When to go

Skiing season runs from December to April, but golfers, cyclists and hikers won’t be short of sport in summer.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Geneva Airport is the nearest major hub, around a two-and-a-half-hour, very scenic drive from Crans-Montana.
  • Trains

    Direct trains run from Geneva Airport to both Sierre and Sion. Sion is a 25-minute drive from Crans-Montana; from Sierre it’s around 15 minutes. Alternatively, hop on the funicular train from Sierre to Montana station.
  • Automobiles

    This popular skiing spot is a straightforward drive from Geneva Airport, past a glassine lake and soaring Alpine scenery. If you’d rather look at the view than the road, hotels should be able to arrange transfers.