<p>Located near Sierre in the canton of Valais, Crans Montana is brimming with exciting winter activities to discover.</p>
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Top 5 Winter Activities in Crans Montana

Located near Sierre in the canton of Valais, Crans Montana is brimming with exciting winter activities to discover.

Resort Guides
Published at: 19 Mar 2021
Last updated at: 28 Mar 2023

Located in the district of Sierre on a sun-drenched plateau above the Rhone Valley, Crans-Montana is a lively resort brimming with opportunities to learn new skills and enjoy new experiences. Both adults and children alike can enjoy a range of winter activities both indoors and outside, but here are five of the best.

Serena Norton
Serena Norton
Ice skating in Crans MontanaPhoto: CMTC/Sedrik Nemeth

1. Get your skates on at the Ycoor open-air ice rink

Ideally located right in the centre of Crans-Montana, the Ycoor Centre is the perfect place to practice figure skating, ice hockey and curling. The outdoor ice rink is illuminated so you can enjoy skating well into the evening, whilst indoors is a curling hall with three rinks. Skates can be rented on site and prices for entrance to the rink start at CHF 5 for children up to 16 years old and CHF 7 for adults.

Return to Apartment La Toula after a spin on the ice rink. Excellently located in a luxury residence in Crans-Montana, Apartment La Toula is close to both the nearby shops and the ski slopes.

Snowisland in Crans MontanaPhoto: CMTC/Luciano Miglionico

2. Experience a range of sliding sports at SnowIsland

Located on the Parcours Severiano Ballesteros golf course, SnowIsland provides fun for all the family. There are opportunities to try a spot of snow tubing and tobogganing before a magic carpet or ski lift whisks you back up to the top to do it all over again. You can also whizz around on an electric snowmobile; a 15-minute session starts at CHF 10. If you’ve exhausted opportunities outdoors then golf fans can train indoors at the Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Academy.

Soak in the sun on the terrace of Apartment Bellalui after a morning at snowisland.

Dog sledding on the glacier in Crans MontanaPhoto: CMTC

3. Drive a team of dogs across the Plaine Morte Glacier

Enjoy a sled ride pulled by a team of dogs at 3,000 metres. You can sit back whilst a professional musher takes charge or have a go yourself. The number of people on the sled is limited to two adults or three children, depending on the snow conditions and condition of the piste. This is a fantastic way to discover the valley whilst learning a new skill.

Warm up in front of the grand fireplace at
Chalet Alouette, a charming traditional chalet dating back to the 1930's.

Crans Montana spaPhoto: Christian Perret

4. Unwind and relax at one of Crans Montana’s top spas

With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, both fresh and saltwater, saunas, hammams and jacuzzi’s, Crans Montana is the perfect place to refresh and rejuvenate. You will find a fantastic range of spas offering everything from massages to yoga classes and beauty treatments. There are also a number of thermal baths within an hours’ drive of the resort, including Leukerbad and Lavey-les-Bains.

Experience the most luxurious private spa in Crans Montana at Ultima Crans Montana

Caprices music festival in Crans MontanaPhoto: CMTC/Julien Dresselaers

5. Dance to electronic music at Caprices Festival

Taking place on different stages at both the top and bottom of the slopes, Caprices is a four-day festival dedicated to Swiss electronic music. Against the backdrop of the striking Alpine setting, Caprices invites some of house and techno’s finest names to perform at 2,200 metres. The line-up for 2023 included artists such as Jamie xx, Adriatique, Bedouin and Black Coffee.

Continue the party at Chalet Migui. Perfect for large groups Chalet Migui boasts breathaking views and a superb spa ideal for relaxing after the festival.