Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Crans-Montana Panoramic Route

Accessible to all, this route explores the Aminona region, showcasing the spectacular views of the Valais Alps from the panoramic plateau.

This circular tour starting and finishing at the Ycoor centre in the heart of Montana culminates at the Col de Crans-Montana at an altitude of more than 1,800 metres. To reach the col, you take the Plumachit road that climbs from the base station of the Violettes gondola: an ascent of 5.6 kilometres along a minor road with little traffic. The route is accessible to all, with a total climb of 430 metres. After reaching the Col de Crans-Montana, you begin the descent to Aminona before finally returning to your starting point.

Turn-by-turn directions

Start your ride at the Ycoor centre in Montana, and follow the Route du Clovelli past the Montana funicular station and the Geneva University Hospitals clinic. At the junction with the Route de la Combaz, turn left onto the Route de l’Astoria in the direction of the Barzettes-Violettes gondola – but just before the gondola station, turn left onto the Route de Plumachit. Climb as far as Plumachit; you then reach the hamlet of Colombire and, a little higher, the Col de Crans-Montana, highest point of your route. From here, you descend to Aminona, where you follow the road to Montana and Crans; this will bring you back to the base station of the Barzettes-Violettes gondola. Now you just have to return to your starting point via the same route you followed on the outward leg.

Start: Crans-Montana (1499 m)
Destination: Crans-Montana (1499 m)

Author's recommendation

Keep an eye out for the many different wild alpine flowers all along the route.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1804 m 1455 m

  • Ascent

    427 m

  • Descent

    428 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

The resort of Crans-Montana is accessible from Sierre station on services operated by the SMC bus company, and from Sion station by PostBus. Within Crans-Montana, free SMC shuttle buses serve the whole resort. The closest bus stop to the start of the ride is: Ycoor.

Approach

To reach Crans-Montana by car, follow the A9 motorway (autoroute du Rhône) and take exit 28 (“Sierre-Ouest”); turn left and follow the signs marked “Sierre”. At the roundabout, turn right. Continue for 500 metres and when you reach the edge of Sierre, turn left in the direction of “Crans-Montana”. The drive takes about 20 minutes. When you arrive in Crans-Montana, follow the signs for the Ycoor centre and then the Stephani car park.

Parking

The Stephani car park (fee payable) has 140 spaces.

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

For safety reasons, this route follows roads with little traffic. When you wish to turn left from the “Route de l’Astoria” onto the “Route de Plumachit”, you will have space on the right to pull over to wait for the right moment to turn. Be careful on the descent from the Col de Crans-Montana, the asphalt road surface is uneven in places.

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals.

Literature

The tourist office in Crans-Montana has got brochures and information material about cycling in the region.