Crans-Montana in Switzerland wish Doris Visits and you a Happy New Year

We love it when someone sends us a film and wants us to share a report because we can’t get everywhere and film, though we try!! Torbjorn wished us all merry Christmas and sent this video from the Swiss ski resort’s opening and we love it that someone sent us a film. This goes straight into our ski and short breaks section, and watch the video. It should be on Eurovision, and if it gets there, you saw it here first. Merry Christmas Crans-Montana! Doris loves you!


Crans-Montana is a ski resort in southwestern Switzerland, in the heart of the Swiss Alps in the French-speaking part of the Canton of Valais. It is located on a plateau above Sierre at an elevation of about 1,500 m (4,920 ft) above sea level, allowing a good view over the Valais Alps and Weisshorn in particular. The resort is a fusion of the two centers of Crans and Montana and belongs to 6 municipalities (Chermignon, Icogne, Lens, Mollens, Montana, and Randogne).

Crans-Montana’s is especially good for intermediates, and although there are relatively few difficult pistes there are good opportunities for skiing off-piste. The skiing area of Crans-Montana is composed of 140 km (87 mi) of pistes and includes the glacier of Plaine Morte. It is topped by the Pointe de la Plaine Morte at 2,927 m (9,600 ft).

Crans-Montana is famous in alpine ski racing for the 1987 World Championships and is often on the World Cup schedule, usually for women’s speed events. It also hosts the only winter mountain pop rock festival Caprices Festival and the second largest European golf event Omega European Masters, (an event from the European and Asian Tour) which takes place each September.

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The nearest resorts we can offer to Crans Montana are Verbier and Saas Fee

Saas Fee is deservedly known as ‘the Pearl of the Alps’ Saas-Fee is a beautiful, high Alpine village with an excellent snow record and glacier skiing. It’s sometimes said that the quaint resort of Saas-Fee resembles a historic Zermatt – equally charming but with a slower pace of life and a more traditional ambience.

The enchanting, traffic-free village is surrounded by a magnificent backdrop of dazzling blue glaciers and towering peaks, including the Dom – the highest mountain located entirely within Switzerland. The glacial ski terrain is both picturesque and wild. It is a truly stunning resort in which to ski, explore and admire the view.

The challenging ski areas of Saas-Grund and Saas-Allmagell, further down the valley, are included in the excellent Saas-Fee ski network. In and around Saas-Fee itself the delightful blue and red runs are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. And the excellent Morenia snowpark provides ample entertainment in the form of jumps and rails.

Saas-Fee caters for all ages. Families will appreciate the friendly atmosphere as well as the fantastic, large beginners’ area in the village centre. There is plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied off the slopes, from the state of the art Aqua Allalin pool and spa complex to the Feeblitz bobsleigh/rollercoaster. And après ski in the form of live music and lively bars, ranges from the sophisticated to the downright fun. It is a spectacular location for your winter holiday.

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 Verbier is without doubt one of the world’s top resorts, with a huge amount of skiing – and that’s without the other resorts it provides a gateway to: the ‘4 Vallées’ region which altogether provides 412km of pistes to explore.  An attractive, modern resort built in traditional chalet style, Verbier is home to some of the most challenging and varied skiing in the Alps. Verbier is the area’s largest and most important resort and lies in a sunny, south-facing bowl with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks – a panorama over the Matterhorn, the Combins and the Mont Blanc ranges can be enjoyed from the ski area’s highest point, Mont Fort at 3330m.

Check out our other ski pages which have films of the resorts in Doris Visits style – Three ValleysCourchevel and Paradiski, La Plagne Les Arcs.