The Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana is preparing for its new season and has a number of new openings and events scheduled in the lead up and through the winter.
Family Destination Label Awarded
Crans-Montana has been awarded the Family Destination label again for 2022-2024. Crans-Montana has met the many requirements of the Swiss Tourism Federation for the ‘Family Destination’ label, which distinguishes holiday destinations with offers specifically geared to the needs of families.
New Funicular Replacement
A fast and convenient public transport link between the valley and the mountains is one of Crans-Montana’s main assets. Built in 1911 and renovated for the first time in 1997, Europe’s longest funicular railway was given a brand-new look this summer.
When it reopens on 11 December 2022, the funicular will offer increased frequency, with trips every 20 minutes until the evening, a reduction in noise levels, more stable carriages, compliance with regulations for people with reduced mobility and zero carbon emission. So access to Crans-Montana by public transport will be greatly facilitated, since connections with the train services will be assured in both directions, and the journey time between Sierre and Montana will remain under 15 minutes.
Bella Lui Family Festival, December 12, 2022 to January 8, 2023
The season starts with Crans-Montana’s popular festival for kids and adults alike. Based on the story of the Bella Lui star, the festival includes a large food area with a Ferris wheel and a lantern path through the forest, with incredible light projections onto the trees.
City Ski Championships, February 3-6, 2023
Once again, the finance community from the City of London and beyond participate in a long weekend of ski racing, business networking and forums, social activities and après ski fun.
Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup, February 18-19, 2023
Crans-Montana will be hosting two women’s World Cup downhill races again this winter, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2023 on the challenging Mont Lachaux piste. This run has now established itself as a World Cup classic.
Caprices Music Festival, April 7 to 9 and 14 to 16, 2023
Caprices is an electronic music festival recently elected the best of its type in the world. It opens its doors once again from 7 to 9 and 14 to 16 April 2023. This 20th anniversary edition has a unique line-up. Be swept away by mesmerizing sounds from some of the best DJs on the planet, in a dream setting at an altitude of 2,200m.
New Hyatt Hotel
The 5* Rhodania Hotel will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in 2023. Conveniently located on the third tee of the famous Severiano Ballesteros golf course, and just a short walk from the centre, it will offer experiences that inspire lasting memories for guests looking for upscale service, beyond the norm. The rooms will feature elegant and luxurious décor and the dining outlets will offer high quality local products and regional cuisine.
New Six Senses Hotel
Six Senses Crans-Montana 5* is the first resort and residence project in Switzerland for Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas, and it will be located at the bottom of the ski area. The resort and residences, scheduled to open for the 22/23 winter season, consists of 47 suites and 17 residences. The complex includes two restaurants, a bar and a magnificent terrace with breath-taking views, as well as a 2,000 m2 spa.
The long-established Hotel Valaisia in the heart of Crans-Montana is getting a makeover, and will be back with a more alpine, refined and warm style. A total of 134 completely renovated rooms will create a place where the guest experience is central, awakening everyone’s senses thanks to a wellness and fitness area, a restaurant using local ingredients, a bar with customised cocktails and film evenings. Several family rooms and children’s play areas will also delight the youngest guests. With an opening date of 17 December 2022, there is no doubt that the Faern Crans-Montana Valaisia will delight all mountain lovers.
Crans-Montana 2027 – information about the 2027 Alpine Skiing World Championships to be held in Crans-Montana.
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