Village life, accommodation and nightlife
in Crans Montana
The two villages of Crans Montanas are now actually one sprawling town. Montana has the better bars and reasonably priced restaurants, while Crans is the place to be if you want to buy a 2 grand watch. Neither village holds much alpine charm and now resemble a posh high street. The whole area is serviced by a regular bus service which is the best way to get around if you don't have a car (taxi prices are criminal). There are loads of sporting outlets, dozens of shops, (check out The Avalanche ++41 (0) 402 2424 for snowboard hire) a cinema and if you are feeling really lucky, a casino.
Around town you are spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants with a selection of over 80 eateries no one need starve here. This place is blessed with simply loads of places to get a meal and even though this is an expensive resort, there are affordable joints such San Nicks, which offers some good pub grub or Mamamias for a slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta at just about affordable prices. If you wish to splash out, try Le Sporting.
Night life is pretty damn good here and well in tune with snowboard lifestyle, although it is carried out along side some very sad Swiss style apres ski nonsense (simply to please holiday crowds who dont know how to have a good time). Cool hangouts to have a beer in include The Amadeus Bar, which has a sister bar on the slopes, and Constellation, both with a party mood and loud music. The Memphis Bar is a good bar. Those wanting to watch the footie should head to the downstairs bar in Crans, which is Italian run.
accommodationAccommodation: The 40,000 plus tourist beds are spread throughout a large area with the option to stay in either Crans or Montana Lodging options are fairly extensive with a good choice of slope side hotels or a large selection of self catering apartment blocks for groups, but on the whole nothing comes cheap whereever you stay. READ NEXT: Mountain statistics