Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
in Crans Montana


Freeriders in search of off-piste and fresh powder, need to hook up with a guide and set off to areas around the Plaine Morte Glacier, where you can make your way to nearby Anzere. The route goes through some tunnels, which makes it well worth the effort. The area known as the Faverges is cool and for riders with some idea of what they're doing, there are some decent steeps to tackle - but watch out for the thigh burning traverse on the way back. For those who can afford it, you can do some cool heli-boarding on some major terrain. Those looking to tour the mountain will find the lift system well linked, but the map could do with being a little clearer.


Freestylers are catered for, with a park over in the Aminona area, which isloaded with rails spines and gaps, so new schoolers will love it and for those who want to find out how to ride a pipe correctly or to get big air, there are a number of schools that will help out, all of which offer some of the highest levels of snowboard tuition in Europe.


Pistes. Riders wanting to draw some arcs have plenty of long reds to check out. In particular the red run that drops away from the Plaine Morte down to the village of Les Barzettes, is perfect to lay out some big lines and with a length of 7.5 miles, you have plenty of time to get it right.


Beginners are treated to a variety of no nonsense blues which may require some navigation to avoid drag lifts. That said, this is a good novices resort, apart from the sometimes busy slopes. Once youre up and running the resort has some well maintained pistes but watch out for some really annoying flat paths.  READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife