This walk overlooks the resort and takes you from Crans to Aminona, crossing the lower part of the ski area from west to east. The trail alternates between stretches of forest and open areas, offering an unbeatable view of the Valais Alps.
Much of the route runs alongside the ski slopes and you’re never far from a ski lift – some of them even pass right above your head! There are a number of sunny terraces along the way where you can stop for a bite to eat and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.
The hike begins with a climb up to Plans-Mayens and continues on to the Arnouva restaurant and its children’s snow park, a winter paradise where kids can learn to ski. The hike then passes through Vermala, with its iconic tower. No need to climb the tower to enjoy the magnificent view of the Rhône valley, though – it’s already right before your eyes.
To reach the next stage of the walk at Marolires, you can use the two tunnels to cross the Piste Nationale, a former world championship piste. Once in Plumachit, you can enjoy the large, sunny terrace before starting the descent to Aminona, where you will pass by the little rural chapel of L'Aprili. From Aminona, you can return to Crans-Montana by public transport.
The Piste Nationale has been famous in Switzerland ever since its skiers picked up all the medals at the downhill event of the 1987 World Championships. Today, the world’s best female skiers can also be seen tackling the slopes at Mont-Lachaux’s World Cup piste.
Use of the 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.
Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.
More information about the destination:
A9 highway exit at Sierre-Ouest, follow the national road via Chermigon until Crans.
Parking Régent (congress centre). Follow the local car park routeing.