Back in the 1960's, three towns namely Crans, Montana and Aminona were amalgamated to create the present Crans Montana Resort. This beautiful ski resort is famous for its stunning views and sunny weather. But one must check the snow reports before going to Crans Montana because the snow can be quite poor in spite of being perched on a height of 1500 meters.
The town itself is not attractive and has its own share of traffic problems. It must also be noted that you will have to catch a bus to make it to the lifts. The lifts are however quite efficient thus preventing many queues except during weekends. The Crans Montana ski resort is a large one and hence offers a lot of non-skiing activities like shopping, eating out, salons and so on. The resort also has a good nightlife but interestingly most of the visitors prefer to keep away from all-night sessions. The resort also offers excellent childcare facilities to its guests.
The on-piste skiing at Crans Montana favors beginners and intermediates who can really have a good time. However, the advanced skiers may not be happy with only 2 black runs on offer. But there is plenty of exciting and varied off-piste and this contributes to a strong boarding presence at the resort. The Crans-Montana ski resort also provides some scenic tree line skiing. The lift pass covers the 160km of pistes, but you must note that you will have to pay more to access the Plaine Morte glacier.
Overall, the Crans-Montana ski resort is simply fantastic with stunning scenic views, many activities and lots of skiing for all. It is a perfect ski resort for families seeking quieter evenings. But you must be sufficiently warned about the 3- hour transfer from Geneva, though.