Crans Montana - Absolutely!
Family friendly? Absolutely!
Crans Montana really is a family friendly destination! There are plenty of activities for families in both summer and winter! Gaëlle Bodrito from Crans Montana Tourism introduces us to Bibi, the adorable marmot mascot for Crans Montana, who guides kids through the fun activities available and welcomes everyone at the Snow Island which kids LOVE!
In fact, there are so many activities for families that Crans Montana has been awarded the label: Family Destination 2019-21. However, if parents and guardians need an escape for some grown-up time (spa time, anyone?) then there's a nursery service option available too.
Great food? Absolutely!
On Saturday 23 March enjoy a gourmet ski food safari - speed down the ski slopes and intersperse your day with gourmet breaks in different establishments that will offer you one of their specialities, accompanied by a glass of local wine. All for just CHF 10- (CHF 5- for kids / without alcohol option). Christine Spahni from Crans Montana Tourism tells us more about the event.
A range of accomodation? Absolutely!
The Helvetia Intergolf offers a range of accomodation, such as apartments, family suites and hotel rooms. There is a restaurant and spa on-site too. In order to make life a little easier for all, the Helvetia Intergolf offer a free minibus service to/from the ski-lifts and free transfers from the local train station, or free parking if you're coming by car.
Beatrice Benz owns and runs the Helvetia Intergolf hotel with her husband. She tells us how they maintain the family feel of the hotel and whether they ever get sick of such spectacular views...
Ski & snowboard lessons? Absolutely!
Pauline Nastasi from Ecole Suisse de Ski (ESS) is here to build our confidence on the slopes and talk to us about taking those first steps onto the pistes and getting comfortable on skis for the first time. Also, she comes to us with some more unexpected activities from ESS!
Parties & Events? Absolutely!
Leslie Taverney from CMA talks to us about some of the different events reachable by ski lifts, such as après-ski events on the slopes, or the igloo village hygge experience. Also in the programme is the Women's Ski World Cup (23-24 Feb) and the first edition of the 2-day Crans Montana Snow Party in March.
We speak to Romain Espero about the Hameau de Colombire - a small hamlet of chalets that were saved from destruction by Romain's family. They are now open to the public and serve as a eco-museum, restaurant and accommodation that can be reached by ski-lift / skis at an altitude of 1,850m. There are plans to add more chalets to the hamlet - what should the additional chalets become?
Art & Culture? Absolutely!
Gauthier Chiarini, Director of the Fondation Opale, tells us more about the cultural centre in the heart of Crans Montana that displays Aboriginal contemporary art - notably the spectacular photography of Robert Fielding. Within the beautiful ecological building, visitors can enjoy Aboriginal and contemporary art as well as grabbing a bite at the Opale restaurant.
Perfectly placed at the bottom of the telecabines, ZeroDix is an après-ski bar venue that welcomes skiers and non-skiers alike at the bottom of the pistes and the top of the town. They offer international food with a Swiss touch and stunning views from their balcony, which is open until sunset. Jelmer Bignell, co-founder, tells us more...
Pascal Schmalen talks to Mark Butcher about golf in Crans Montana, including the Winter Golf Cup. But the big question has to be: what colour are the golf balls if you're playing on the snow?
Ka/Noa founder, Bruno Grande, explains the concept behind the store, which offers quality Italian-made clothing where every item works with absolutely any other item in store. This is slow-wear. Ka/Noa is more than a brand, it's a movement! Bruno explains why he was driven to create it.
Did we love our trip to Crans Montana? Absolutely!