- Wineries Open Day – Cave la Romaine
- Grand Christmas Fete
- New Year celebration with Fireworks
- Night of the Wolf – night time mountaineering and snow shoeing
- Choc’Altitude – free chocolate event including tasting
- Crans Montana Carnival
- Easter Party
Winter Walking - There are 63km of designated paths for walking and with varying levels of difficulty there is a way for everyone – even non-skiers - to get out on to the mountain. There are five different snowshoe routes totalling 15km through the forests, around the lakes and marked out over the golf course. A great way to take in the winter alpine atmosphere
Cross Country Skiing - The cross-country skiing takes place on the Plaine Morte glacier where the 360 degree views can be absorbed
Tobogganing - Running from an altitude of 2400m down to 1500m it really is a sledging track to get the heart racing. With being open in the evening it is a great way to build up your appetite for dinner
Snow Tubing - The track for tubing is on the golf course in resort
Ice Skating - There is an outdoor Ice Rink for evening skating and if you want to try your hand at something new there is also curling too
Swimming - Within the resort there are eight public indoor pools, a heated salt water pool and also nine wellness centres. All are based in hotels
Shopping - Packed high to the rafters with high quality boutiques, there isn’t a Swiss watch brand or designer fashion brand that you could think of that isn’t already there
Restaurants - With lots of local dairy products, quality food shops and wine cellars you can ‘taster’ your way around the village on a relaxing afternoon
GMT + 1 hour
French and German is spoken in Switzerland. French is the predominant language in Verbier.
CHF (Swiss Francs)
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server CHF 50 for a CHF 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application. EU nationals are only required to hold a valid national ID card.
The nearest airports to Crans Montana are:
- Geneva (182km)
- Bern (191km)
- Friedrichshafen (151km)
Switzerland's winter temperature range is -2 °C (28 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F), with the snow remaining in the Alps until around April. The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.
Electrical service in Switzerland is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.
- Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
- You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver's licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- National speed limit on motorways is 120 km/h, on open roads 80 km/h and in towns 50 km/h.
- In Switzerland you pay an annual motorway tax, even if you're only using the motorways for an hour or two. A vehicle sticker, or vignette, must be displayed on the windscreen by all vehicles. Of course, if you don't need to use a motorway you don't need to pay, although it's difficult to cross the country without doing so.You can for example buy them in Switzerland from customs offices at the frontier or service stations, garages and post offices.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Anything over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
- Snow chains are recommended to be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.