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Plans-Mayens Trail

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  • Snowshoeing in the forests above Crans-Montana
    / Snowshoeing in the forests above Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Snowshoeing in the forests above Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Snowshoeing in the forests above Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Bar ZeroDix at the start/end of the snowshoeing tour
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Snowshoeing in the forests above Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
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Discover the forests above Crans-Montana and immerge the wintery silence during this short and easy accessible snowshoeing tour. 
Distance 2.5 km
1:00 h
72 m
72 m
1,573 m
1,502 m

Put on your snowshoes at the starting point of the Cry d'Er cable car station to begin this 2km walk in the heart of the forest overlooking the resort. Enjoy the calm and bucolic joy of this walk, which is easy and suitable for everyone. Stop for a moment to enjoy the magnificent view of the majestic Valais Alps. You can even enjoy this stroll at the end of the day for the chance to watch the sun set over the mountains. It’s a magical moment.

Need a little break? The ZéroDix, at the entrance of the gondolas, is particularly renowned for its lively après-ski events with live music or DJs. Make some time to enjoy its beautiful terrace.

Author’s recommendation

The view on Valais’ alps is majestic – especially during sunset. The ZéroDix bar at the cable car is well known for Après-Ski parties. Finish your hike with live music or DJ’s.
Highest point
Pas de l'ours, 1,573 m
Lowest point
Crans, Cry d'Er cable car, 1,502 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Use of the snowshoe trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 


Crans-Montana, Cry d'Er cable car (1,503 m)
2'602'167E 1'128'579N
46.308613, 7.466776
46°18'31.0"N 7°28'00.4"E
32T 381941 5129479


Crans-Montana, Cry d'Er cable car

Turn-by-turn directions

This simple and easily accessible snowshoeing hike starts at the cable car Crans-Cry d’Er. The hike leads through the forest above Crans-Montana and returns to the starting point after a 2km long roundtrip.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By bus or by funicular from Sierre to Crans-Montana. Follow the red markings on the floor to reach the funicular from Sierre train station.

Getting there

A9 highway exit at Sierre-Ouest, follow the national road via Chermigon until Crans. From there, take the cable car to Cry d’Er.


Parking at the cable car Crans-Cry d’Er. Follow the local car park routeing in Crans.


2'602'167E 1'128'579N
46.308613, 7.466776
46°18'31.0"N 7°28'00.4"E
32T 381941 5129479
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Additional brochures and maps are available at the tourist office. 

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 273S Montana


We recommend:  

  • Good, waterproof footwear
  • Snowshoes
  • hiking poles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera
  • printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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2.5 km
1:00 h
72 m
72 m
Highest point
1,573 m
Lowest point
1,502 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Forest roads Clear area Forest
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