Available for short term rentals a beautiful ski in ski out chalet in the beautiful Swiss resort of Crans-Montana (located approximately 2 hours from Geneva airport). The has spacious double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, open plan dining room, a large living area with fire place, separate kitchen/breakfast area, a downstairs playroom for children with plenty of toys (and two additional beds), ski/coat room, laundry room, double garage. It features a large garden and fantastic access to the ski slopes (the main cable cars are under 5 minute away). The town can be easily reached both on foot (10 minutes down hill) or by car.
** Fall 2014. The outside and open plan living/dining room has just been extended and is currently being re-decorated for a more modern yet cosy feel. New photos will be available soon.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Geneva|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Single beds (10), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Set on a broad shelf facing south across the Rhône valley, Crans-Montana is really two towns, their centres a mile apart and their fringes merging. The resort is reached by road or by a funicular railway from Sierre. There are also places to stay at the other base stations, a mile east at Les Barzettes (aka Les Violettes, strictly the name of the hill above) and further out at Aminona. Outings to Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Verbier are possible.
In Crans-Montana, you ski at altitudes between 1,500 metres (resort altitude) and 3,000 metres (Plaine-Morte Glacier). On a network of 140 kilometres of marked pistes! And there's something for all tastes and all levels : 17 blue pistes (55km), 20 red pistes (70 km), 4 black pistes (15 km). And they're well prepared, a third of them have snow cannons which guarantee an excellent ski season. There are 27 cable cars – Funitel, cable cars, chair lifts, button lifts and….magic carpets for beginners!
The pistes are long and wide, which means that skiers and snowboarders can safely use them side by side. And adrenaline junkies can get their kicks in the snowpark which is all theirs. Finally, on some pistes, you can also ski at night! And it's also possible to organise magical torch-lit descents.
The advantage of a plateau, here the Haut-Plateau, is that it's relatively flat…therefore ideal for cross-country skiing. Crans-Montana offers numerous possibilities to cross-country skiers, who'll have the pleasure of sliding over a green which has turned white (the Golf Course piste, 7km) or heading to one of the lakes which are scattered around the resort (La Moubra, Etang Long). There are a total of 17.5 km of « classic » and « skating » pistes.
Snowscoots, snowbikes and snowskates enable you to attack the pistes in new ways. You can go sledging and airboarding on a special 6km run which runs down the side of Mont-Bonvin. And cross-country skiers aren't left out, on the plateau and also on the Plaine Morte glacier there's a wonderful network of pistes.
For those who want to improve at their favourite sport, or discover new sports, instructors are available. They'll know how to introduce you to the latest downhill innovations, like the old-fashioned telemark skiing! Top tip: top of the range equipment is available for rental in all the sports shops in the resort!
Today, Crans-Montana offers beauty treatment and fitness centres, freshwater and saltwater swimming pools, jacuzzis in the snow, solariums, natural medicine centres, yoga lessons. Take your time to find out about all the well-being offers available from the many establishments in the resort.
The beauty of an immaculate blue sky in the daytime. The pleasure of artificial lights at nighttime. The night has different faces in Crans-Montana: after a good meal in one of the many restaurants in the resort, everything is open! The jazzy ambiance of a piano-bar, the atmosphere of a cabaret, or dancing until the early hours for hardcore clubbers.