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Crans-Montana is a popular ski resort located in the Swiss Alps, in the Valais region. It is situated on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks and the Rhone Valley. With its extensive ski area, vibrant apres ski scene, and rich history, Crans-Montana attracts a diverse range of skiers and snowboarders. 

Crans-Montana has a fascinating history that dates back to the late 19th century. It was originally two separate villages, Crans and Montana, which merged in the early 20th century to form the resort as it is known today. The resort has a charming alpine village atmosphere, with a mix of traditional Swiss chalet-style architecture and modern amenities. 

One of the highlights of Crans-Montana is its vibrant apres ski scene. The resort offers a wide range of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, where visitors can relax and socialize after a day on the slopes. 

There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping, with numerous boutiques and stores selling high-end fashion, jewelry, and souvenirs. In terms of accessibility, Crans-Montana is well-connected to the ski area. 

The resort has its own gondola lift, which provides direct access to the slopes. Additionally, there are regular ski buses that shuttle skiers and snowboarders between the resort and the different areas of the ski domain. 

Crans-Montana is suitable for a wide range of skiers. Beginners will find gentle slopes and excellent ski schools to help them learn and progress. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the extensive network of well-groomed pistes, while advanced skiers can challenge themselves on the steeper runs and explore the off-piste terrain. 

The resort also offers activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating, making it a great destination for non-skiers as well. 

Overall, Crans-Montana combines stunning natural beauty, a rich history, excellent skiing opportunities, and a vibrant apres ski scene, making it a highly desirable destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

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Direct train to Sierre from Geneva Airport, then take the longest funicular railway in the world up to the town!  The total journey time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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