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Crans-Montana Panoramic Route

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Accessible to all, this route explores the Aminona region, showcasing the spectacular views of the Valais Alps from the panoramic plateau.
easy
Distance 14.6 km
1:13 h
427 m
428 m
This circular tour starting and finishing at the Ycoor centre in the heart of Montana culminates at the Col de Crans-Montana at an altitude of more than 1,800 metres. To reach the col, you take the Plumachit road that climbs from the base station of the Violettes gondola: an ascent of 5.6 kilometres along a minor road with little traffic. The route is accessible to all, with a total climb of 430 metres. After reaching the Col de Crans-Montana, you begin the descent to Aminona before finally returning to your starting point.

Author’s recommendation

Keep an eye out for the many different wild alpine flowers all along the route.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
Col de Crans-Montana, 1,804 m
Lowest point
Crans-Montana, 1,455 m
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Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

Tips and hints

More info:
Crans-Montana

 

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N°150 Route panorama de Crans-Montana

Start

Crans-Montana (1,499 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'603'227E 1'128'939N
DD
46.311845, 7.480529
DMS
46°18'42.6"N 7°28'49.9"E
UTM
32T 383007 5129818
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Destination

Crans-Montana

Turn-by-turn directions

Start your ride at the Ycoor centre in Montana, and follow the Route du Clovelli past the Montana funicular station and the Geneva University Hospitals clinic. At the junction with the Route de la Combaz, turn left onto the Route de l’Astoria in the direction of the Barzettes-Violettes gondola – but just before the gondola station, turn left onto the Route de Plumachit. Climb as far as Plumachit; you then reach the hamlet of Colombire and, a little higher, the Col de Crans-Montana, highest point of your route. From here, you descend to Aminona, where you follow the road to Montana and Crans; this will bring you back to the base station of the Barzettes-Violettes gondola. Now you just have to return to your starting point via the same route you followed on the outward leg.

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Public transport

The resort of Crans-Montana is accessible from Sierre station on services operated by the SMC bus company, and from Sion station by PostBus. Within Crans-Montana, free SMC shuttle buses serve the whole resort. The closest bus stop to the start of the ride is: Ycoor.

Getting there

To reach Crans-Montana by car, follow the A9 motorway (autoroute du Rhône) and take exit 28 (“Sierre-Ouest”); turn left and follow the signs marked “Sierre”. At the roundabout, turn right. Continue for 500 metres and when you reach the edge of Sierre, turn left in the direction of “Crans-Montana”. The drive takes about 20 minutes. When you arrive in Crans-Montana, follow the signs for the Ycoor centre and then the Stephani car park.

Parking

The Stephani car park (fee payable) has 140 spaces.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'603'227E 1'128'939N
DD
46.311845, 7.480529
DMS
46°18'42.6"N 7°28'49.9"E
UTM
32T 383007 5129818
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Crans-Montana has got brochures and information material about cycling in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
14.6 km
Duration
1:13 h
Ascent
427 m
Descent
428 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip Family-friendly

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