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5 awesome things to do in Crans-Montana

This stunning area really comes alive in winter. Make the most of all it has to offer with these five essential activities

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Time Out editors
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If you’ve ever been to Crans-Montana, one of Switzerland’s foremost skiing regions, you’ll immediately understand why there’s such a buzz around it. For a start, it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. It’s also much-loved for its many hours of sunshine and great slopes. But there’s also much more to get stuck-in to, both for skiiers and also those just wanting a fantastic winter break.

From dog-sledding on a glacier to sampling delicious local cuisine, Crans-Montana has all sorts to offer. We’ve picked out five unmissable highlights below to get you started.

5 awesome Crans-Montana activities

Here’s a great use for a golf course in winter: transform it into a family-focused island of fun. On Snow Island you’ll find all sorts of great things to keep everybody happy, including snow-tubing, a sledge run, snowman-building competitions, a ‘magic carpet’ ski lift to make getting back to the start of the run way more fun, huge inflatable towers on the snow (sorry, grown-ups – kids only) and La Maison de Bibi, the house where Crans-Montana’s famous marmot mascot, Bibi, lives. The kids will love it here – and so will the adults. 

The Grandeur Nature programme focuses on allowing visitors to explore the beautiful Aminona region. From now until March, you can enjoy snowshoe and ski tours at sunrise, husky walks and a treasure hunt to keep the kids entertained. While you’re drinking-in the breathtaking scenery, look out for eight mountain huts and restaurants. These enticing pit-stops will be serving-up local dishes to give you a true taste of the area.

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3. Take your first-ever skiing lesson

Crans-Montana is obviously great for skiers, but what about those who’ve never had the opportunity – or never dared – to strap on a pair of skis but want to give it a shot? Luckily, it’s also the perfect place for them, too, as ski school Ess Crans-Montana is set-up to teach absolute beginners (and anyone who’s tried it a few times and wants to up their game) everything they need to get started and feel confident. You’ll be whizzing down the slopes in no time.

4. Mush like a pro on a dog-sled ride

Huskies are awesome. Everyone knows this, so make the most of an opportunity to see them in action in Crans-Montana on a dog-sled ride. If that wasn’t exciting enough, you get to do the whole thing on a glacier – the stunning Plaine Moret Glacier, to be precise. You’ll get to take the reins and steer your own husky team, guided by a professional musher (it’s a real thing, trust us), and afterwards you can even play with the dogs. Perfect.

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Over the course of the year, the Guest Tables project will see four premium gastronomic events taking place in unusual locations around Crans-Montana, with Michelin-starred chefs using local ingredients to create truly special dishes. The next Guest Tables event on March 23 will be a ‘Ski-Food Safari’, taking place in multiple venues around Crans-Montana’s ski area. What this means is that you can spend a day carving up the slopes and stop-off at venues along the way, refuelling or just relaxing, enjoying regional cuisine and maybe a glass of local wine to accompany. Bon appétit!

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