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Chemin Cry d’Er-Crans-Montana

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  • View on the winter hike from Cry d'Er to Crans-Montana
    / View on the winter hike from Cry d'Er to Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Hotel Chetzeron with view on the Valais Alps
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Terrace of the Hotel Chetzeron
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Terrace of Restaurant Merbé
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Terrace of the Cry d'Er Club d'Altitude
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
  • / Winter hike from Cry d'Er to Crans-Montana
    Photo: Crans-Montana Tourisme & Congrès
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This hike takes you downhill from the Cry d’Er cable car station into the centre of Crans. The highlight of the walk is undeniably its consistently beautiful view, which can be enjoyed from a number of sunny terraces.
easy
Distance 7.3 km
2:00 h
1 m
751 m

Take the cable car up to Cry d'Er and stop by the Cry d'Er Club d’altitude and its restaurant, whose lively terrace offers a fantastic view of the Alps. Head down in the direction of Chetzeron. The hike runs alongside the ski pistes for a good stretch, so you’ll rub shoulders with skiers from the start of the walk. On your right you’ll see the Lac de Tseuzier, an artificial lake formed by the Rawyl dam, whose water is used to produce the region’s electricity. You’ll also notice the extraordinary Hotel Chetzeron, whose terrace offers a truly unbeatable view.

Continue your descent down to Merbé, the middle station of the Cry d’Er cable car. (You could cut the walk short here by taking the cable car down to Crans.) Merbé restaurant has a beautiful terrace where you can grab a bite to eat. Continuing on your way, you’ll reach the Lac de Chermignon, where there are several picnic spots. The walk ends when you arrive in the centre of Crans.

Author’s recommendation

During the walk you'll pass by the Hotel Chetzeron, an extraordinary building located in a former cable car station that has been tastefully refurbished. Its terrace offers a magnificent view of the surrounding 4,000m peaks.
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
Cry d'Er, 2,252 m
Lowest point
Crans-Montana, 1,501 m
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Rest Stop

Cry-d'Er CMA (Crans-s.-S.)

Safety information

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

More information about the destination: 

Start

Cry d'Er (2,251 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'602'991E 1'131'507N
DD
46.334948, 7.477493
DMS
46°20'05.8"N 7°28'39.0"E
UTM
32T 382822 5132390
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Destination

Crans-Montana

Turn-by-turn directions

The walk begins at Cry d’Er, which can be reached by cable car. It then continues downhill in the direction of Chetzeron, following the ski pistes for the first stretch of the trail. After pausing to admire the Lac de Tseuzier on your right, carry on until you reach the remarkable Hotel Chetzeron and its panoramic terrace. Continue downhill to Merbé, the middle station of the Cry d’Er cable car. (You can cut the walk short at this point by taking the cable car down into Crans.) Continue walking until you reach the Lac de Chermignon, then carry on into the centre of Crans, where the walk ends.

Note


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

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'602'991E 1'131'507N
DD
46.334948, 7.477493
DMS
46°20'05.8"N 7°28'39.0"E
UTM
32T 382822 5132390
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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 hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:50'000: 273S Montana

Equipment

We recommend: 

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

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
7.3 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
751 m
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1600 m 1800 m
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