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Crans Montana boasts splendid views, delicious mountain restaurants and lots of brilliant groomed slopes for intermediates...
The ski area accessible from Crans Montana offers about 160km of sunny, groomed slopes overlooking the Rhône valley.
There are four main areas - Crans, Montana, Bazzettes and Aminona - as well as the Plaine Morte glacier up towards the top.
And together they offer a pleasant mix of open and wooded runs perfect for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders to hone their skills.
Resort height: 1,500m
First-timers are also well served by the excellent nursery areas both at resort level and halfway up the mountain - although the lack of beginner pass prices mean they may feel a bit hard done by compared to those who can explore further afield.
And while there are few steep pistes to challenge the experts, there's plenty of off-piste to explore if you like heading off the beaten track.
A park with features for all levels, plus a beginner park, half-pipe and boarder cross course is also easily accessible.
And snowboarders will appreciate the low number of draglifts, while the general shortness of the lift queues should please everyone.
However, all that lovely sun can often take its toll on the quality of the snow - particularly on the slopes further down towards resort. This can be a problem towards the end of the season, despite snowmaking facilities on the main runs.
It only takes about an hour and a half to drive to Crans Montana from Geneva airport...
Alternatively, you can take the train to nearby Sierre.
Crans Montana is great for both beginners and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders...
However, experts could easily get bored after a few days here.
Foodies are spoilt for choice in Crans Montana, which also boasts a few happening bars and lots of shopping...
The après-ski in Crans Montana is well-heeled rather than wild. But Dutch-run bar/restaurant Zérodix at the Crans lift base is a good place to head from the slopes, while New Haven gets lively later on.
There is also no shortage of fine restaurants, from mountain huts such as Merbé and Chetzeron to the French Bistrot in the Pas de l'Ours hotel.
Crans Montana is better set up for groups of friends than families. But non-skiers can head to one of the two ice-rinks or try out dog-sledding, tobogganing or snow-shoeing. The resort is also home to a cinema and a casino, while the towns of Sierre and Sion are close enough to spend an afternoon.
Cost of living 3/10
Switzerland is not a cheap holiday destination. And chic Crans Montana is not a place to try to do on a budget. That's particularly true if you start checking out the many glamorous boutiques in the town, although the prices in the mountain restaurants can be surprisingly reasonable.
Attractiveness of the resort 5/10
The panoramic views that visitors to Crans Montana enjoy over the Rhône valley are breathtaking. However, this is a ski resort with a busy, urban feel. So if you are seeking traditional Alpine village charm, you are likely to come away disappointed.