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Why do we favour one ski resort over another? What makes us try a new place, and go back? It is a complicated question - is it the culture, the ambience, or are there other more tangible factors?
Does the skiing suit me? Are the pistes spacious or crowded, is it big enough, does it have lots of groomed runs, are the lifts efficient and comfortable, can I be sure of snow?
Alpine Property intelligence is proud to join with Montenius Consult to present a new way to answer these questions – which is factual, unbiased and unopinionated.
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• Skimiles® measures the size of every ski resort by 10 specific factors •
• Ski Area Comfort is determined by the efficiency of the lifts, the comfort of the lifts and how much ‘elbow room’ there is on the piste •
• Snow Reliability considers the altitude, snowfall data and snowmaking coverage •
• Ski Area Value combines all these factors for one easy to recognise overall result •
Crans-Montana is one of the exclusive club of 12 “Best of the Alps” ski resorts. Perched on a natural balcony overlooking the Rhone Valley, Crans-Montana faces one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Alps: a view that embraces the 4000m peaks of the Imperial Crown culminating at Mont Blanc in the west. The High Plateau, as it is known, is a compromise between the mountain village and the alpine town. And it is precisely the size of the resort that results in one of the largest offerings in Alpine tourism. From the Glacier de la Plaine Morte, the ski area extends to the heart of the resort and welcomes skiers of all levels. The snow park is one of the most beautiful in Europe and almost every conceivable winter sport is offered in Crans-Montana, such as cross-country skiing, fat bikes, ice skating, etc.
Summer is no less full of opportunities. Between walks, water activities on lakes, mountain bike routes, go-karts, tourists have access to a wide range of various activities. The Omega European Masters of Golf welcomes the best players on the planet on the sumptuous course designed by Severiano Ballesteros. Finally, the versatility of Crans-Montana allows visitors to enjoy some of the best shopping in the Swiss Alps, a cinema (3D), a renowned international school (Le Regent College), a casino, bars, restaurants, discotheques, and a vibrant cultural life.
What about property in Crans-Montana? Thanks to a population of around 7’000 inhabitants (rising to up to 50,000 people during the high season weeks making it the largest city in the canton), Crans-Montana has a very diverse property market. From modest apartments in the periphery to luxury apartments located in the centre and on the edge of the golf courses or lakes, from individual chalets to residential hotels, the Haut Plateau’s real estate offering is large.
Over the past year, real estate has suffered a general price decline of about 5-6%. However, the resort is in the ascendant; infrastructure improvments are attracting large-scale mixed-use hotel projects. This fall in prices is rather a normalization of the market after the euphoria of the years 2010-2012 and has had the effect of boosting sales. If the few new promotions are intended for an upmarket clientele, the resale market is lively. Here the volume of real estate transactions has been steadily increasing since 2017.