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Crans-Montana

Switzerland

The destination

Upon founding the Oxford Ski Company in 1998, we began by running one of the most beautiful ski chalets in Crans-Montana. Although we no longer operate properties ourselves, we're still very fond of this resort. It’s close to our heart, and we’d go so far as to say that no other ski company knows this resort like we do.

Perched high on a sun-drenched plateau above Sierre, the linked villages of Crans and Montana have some of most spectacular views in Europe, with a vista stretching from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc up the Rhône Valley. The ski area is well-geared towards intermediates and is superb for absolute beginners, who can enjoy lessons on the town's snow covered golf course.

You can expect un-crowded slopes and all day sunshine. The scenery of the Plaine Morte glacier, accessible by cable car and at an altitude of 3,000 metres, is not to be missed. Chic boutiques line the streets of the town's centre and its smart, international clientele can be found soaking up the sun in the many bars, restaurants and cafés. There’s even a casino in the resort.

Oxford Ski Company’s Original Chalet
Given our more than 14 years of experience with this resort, we know which chalets in Crans-Montana have the best locations and facilities – everything from childcare to catering. We also have a talent for finding those properties that are really going to deliver something special. Particularly close to our heart is Domaine de la Baronne, the original Oxford Ski Company chalet. It’s still in our portfolio today.

This particular chalet once served as the winter residence of Baroness Ilia van Harinxma thoe Slooten. It was built in the 1950s and maintains its regal and rustic charm. It features open log fires and is decorated with antiques and oil paintings. Of course, while this property harkens back to a bygone era, it offers modern amenities, including Internet access in the private study.

Domaine de la Baronne is available on a self-catering basis. But extra services –such as housekeeping – can be arranged. Furthermore, we can also provide you with your own private chef and chalet host to prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner each day during your stay.

Other Rental Properties in Crans-Montana
Suffice it to say, we know Crans-Montana inside and out. While we are certainly partial to Domaine de la Baronne, there are many other Crans-Montana ski chalets and hotels on offer. To make your selection simpler, we’ve narrowed these down to a few that we believe rise above the rest.

Call us in the early stages of your holiday planning, and we’ll leverage our insider knowledge and extensive network for you and your party. Contacting us well in advance also allows you to avail yourself of our travel-planning service. Our travel consultant can plan every aspect of your stay. Not only will you have your choice of the finest Crans-Montana chalets – you’ll also be privy to the most exciting activities and outings around the resort.

We Recommend

  • Our favourite run: Piste National
  • Best off-piste: Les Faverges
  • Mountain Lunch: Chetzeron
  • Après Ski: Zerodix
  • Dinner: Restaurant Mont Blanc
  • Non-skiers: Walks on the golf course & Guarda Golf Spa

The Essentials

  • Ski School: Ecole de Ski Suisse Crans
  • Private Guides: Ecole de Ski Suisse Crans
  • Childcare: Fleur des Champs
  • Massage: Le Crans Hotel
  • Transfers: Elite Transfers or Alpine Express

Location

Key Facts

  • Domaine: Crans-Montana
  • Resort Height: 1500m
  • Skiing Elevation: 1500-3000m
  • Pistes: 140km
  • Blue: 38%
  • Red: 50%
  • Black: 12%

Crans-Montana Piste Map

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Getting There

Geneva (GVA)
2h / 190km