Mountain bike tours

Mountain bike tours

Crans-Montana Bike Marathon

A test for the legs, a pleasure for the eyes. This route is ideal to discover the region of Crans-Montana. While physically and technically demanding, it is also extremely varied. Possible start from Crans-Cry d'Er car park. Possibles variants through Cave du Scex and Chermignon-d’en-Haut.

  • Difficulty

    difficult, S0

    Difficulty: difficult
    S0 Even forest or meadow paths, on a natural surface with good grip or on compact gravel. No steps, rocks or passages with many roots. Gentle gradients, wide curves. No special technique required
  • Length

    49.5 km

  • Duration

    8:30 h

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This 48km mountain bike circuit introduces you to the beautiful region of Crans-Montana. Physically and technically demanding, the tour offers a vast variety of surprises: forests, bisses (irrigation channels), pastures, pine woods, vineyards, villages, lakes and more than one museum on the way. The itinerary offers a very nice mix of landscapes.

Turn-by-turn directions

Departure is at Lake Moubra, then the route takes you towards Arnouva, along the Grenon and Chermignon lakes. The tour continues to Marolires and then to Courtavey. Next, you will arrive at Ploumachit and then at Colombire, with its alpage museum, and, further along the "bisse du Tsittorent" at the Alpage du Scex. An impressive Alpine panorama, a relaxing atmosphere and the many typical restaurants will offer you unforgettable moments. Before heading down, you still have the last effort up to reach Tièche. There you will have to cross a little bridge before heading down for about 15km through Cordona, Planige, Venthône, Tovachir until Chermignon-d'en-Bas. You will then arrive in Lens, a very nice village. Here you can visit the Fondation Pierre Arnaud art museum and the Grand-Lens historical museum. The return to Crans-Montana is via the upper reaches of Icogne, the most westerly village in Crans-Montana, or you can pass through Chermignon-d'en-Haut. From the "mayens", the uphill climb to the resort requires quite some effort before returning to the start point at Lake Moubra. You can rest at Lake Moubra on the beach or choose one of the various activities offered there.

Start: Lac Moubra (1425 m)
Destination: Lac Moubra (1425 m)

Author's recommendation

Visit the Eco-Museum at the hamlet called "Mayens de Colombire" and discover the live of our ancestors. Consider the opening hours on colombire.ch. 

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2002 m 713 m

  • Ascent

    1784 m

  • Descent

    1784 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 6 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

By bus or by funicualar from Sierre to Crans-Montana.

Approach

A9 highway exit at Sierre-Ouest, follow the national road via Chermigon until "Centre Sportif La Moubra" in Crans-Montana.

Parking

Free parking at Moubra Lake.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1287 Sierre