Crans Montana, the top season for the 125th birthday

Crans Montana, the top season for the 125th birthday

October 31, 2018 0 By admin

Crans-Montana, one of the most effervescent mountain resorts of the Swiss canton of Valais he has just turned 125. Born in 1893 on a wide and panoramic plateau on the initiative of two friends, Louis Antille and Michel Zufferey, who came from the plain for a hunting party fell in love with the place and opened the first hotel, Crans-Montana initially saw a rapid development as a place of care. Merit of extraordinary air quality and long sunny days.

At the beginning of the twentieth century the rise began as a tourist resort. In 1906 the era of golf begins; in 1911, with the first downhill test, that of skiing, while in the lower part of the mountain grows the cultivation of the vine. Today Crans-Montana celebrates this important anniversary with 12 giant and luminous letters, which make up its name in the most famous places: on the shores of Lake Grenon, at the foot of the hill on which stands the Hotel du Parc and on the 100 ° path , which connects the center of Montana to that of Crans. Replicas of these letters have been scattered in the middle of nature, in the most beautiful observation points in the area, and meet along the dense network of trails that leads from the valley floor to the Plaine Morte glacier, almost 3000 meters high. Each letter is accompanied by a panel that illustrates the history of the place and offers a curious video-portrait of a local character, with stories and funny anecdotes. But 125 years after his birth, what is the tourist in Crans-Montana? First of all a fabulous panorama, which ranges from the Bietschhorn to the Mont Blanc, passing from the Matterhorn (or Matterhorn, beyond the Alps).

Crans Montana, the top season for the 125th birthday

Crans Montana, the glacier

Then the many paths, some passable even with strollers or mountain bikes, which among lakes, forests and pastures allow you to fully enjoy the still largely intact nature of this corner of Switzerland, following sometimes the path of the ancient irrigation channels , called bisse. For the less sporty there is the pleasure of wandering among prestigious chocolates (like David with his chocolates figs and balsamic vinegar), wine cellars where you can sip an aperitif while admiring the view (do not miss the three-stage show proposed by Le Tambourin), breweries craft, starred restaurants and even a small coffee roaster. In a couple of months they also open the ski slopes, with 24 lifts and 140 kilometers of mostly sunny paths. About forty kilometers separate Crans-Montana from another location in the Valais not to be missed: Leukerbad. Here, at 1400 meters above sea level, there is the largest spa in the Alps, with more than thirty swimming pools where you can enjoy water at 51 degrees centigrade from 65 springs.

Even in this case the view is fabulous – do not miss the suspended terrace Gemmi 2350 meters high – while between a hot bath and the other you can try the longest via ferrata in Switzerland, 200 km perfectly groomed hiking trails, most of which can also be traveled by mountain bike. And when the snow arrives they open 50 kilometers of downhill slopes, 30 from the bottom, 70 of beaten paths even in winter and 18 of snowshoe trails. For the after ski there are the renowned wineries of Varen, the visit to the charming village of Erschmatt where you can try to make rye bread or to the garden of medicinal plants of Albinen. And for those who do not want to use the car there is the possibility to reach Crans-Montana and Leukerbad directly by public transport: just over three hours by train from Milan, then buses, racks and cable cars take you everywhere, without having to worry about parking or fitting the chains in winter.

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