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CRANS MONTANA FROM THE DOWN, UP - Katie Bamber, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Wednesday January 30, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

A day in pictures. Day Two and I'm inverting my normal ski practice to explore the area by skinning up.






It's a late start to the day but it's going to be a big one.

There are 15 new ski touring routes in Crans Montana.

Designed for those not used to going full backcountry, these routes have been marked and made safe, whilst still taking ski tourers through some beautiful and wild mountain scenery.

In the Aminona area of Crans Montana used to have a lift from bottom to top.

However, that lift got old and it wasn't replaced.

It means this area is a great quiet spot to start skinning up from, with signs also everywhere as biking paths for the summer months.

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Route 14, from Aminona to finish at Petit Mont Bonvin was the plan.

5.6km, 871m of vertical climb with a 3-hour estimate.

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Another perfect day.

10-15cm overnight and through the morning.

To stop right on time for hiking up at 3pm.

And the bluest of blue skies for the extraordinary views.

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The maths indeed makes that a night time tour, as well.

And, even better, a mountain sunset.

One of the  best I've seen.

But aren't they all when you're up there, alone, in the power of the astonishing Alps watching snow turn orange and pink?

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It was a red route I took.

And a sometimes ski rando-neer, I found it plenty tough and plenty solitary and peaceful.

I've skied Crans Montana before but by no means would know where to tour that I'd enjoy or feel comfortable exploring.

This particular route, perhaps being far skier's left of the entire area, offered views and complete tranquility whilst not having to worry about navigating or avalanche risks.

Just worry about the increasing cold.

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We saw just a few locals at the top, when it was time for de-skinning and for hot tea, wine and meat refuel in the top hut.

But other than that it was our private Route 14.

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Achievement: the twinkling lights of Crans Montana and finding the finish sign after what seemed like 12km.

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I could have ended far in the backcountry without this sign, or perhaps not even have made such a tour without this goal.

Coming to Crans Montana I'd 100% recommend a ski tour for anyone, at any time of day but really I mean, do it as I did from 3/3.30pm to dinner - it really was the hightlight.

Experience the resort from down to up, discover the mountains in a completely different way.

Stock up at Rando Shop in Crans, which is now my favourite shop in the Alps.

And the resort is your oyster.




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