Aminona and the nearby village of Aminona-sur-Sierre are located on the north-eastern edge of the Crans-Montana network in Switzerland. The resort is extremely small and accommodation is limited to a smattering of guesthouses and inns. Tourists hoping to take advantage of Aminona’s 37 pistes are advised to purchase a ski pass from Crans-Montana (€35.60 per person, per day) and then take the cable-car up to Aminona-sur-Sierre.
How to Get There
Geneva Cointrin airport is located approximately 180 kilometres away from the Swiss town of Montana. Zurich and Milan are also located within a reasonable distance of the resort. Budget airline, EasyJet, offers regular flights to Geneva from many UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, and Manchester. A comprehensive list of flights is available at the Skyscanner website.
London to Geneva is a simple trip providing that you have all the correct documentation for the Swiss border patrols. Take the Eurotunnel to Calais and then head south-east towards the town of Arras. The ideal route will take motorists through the French towns of Laon, Reims, Dijon, and then south-east to Geneva, Switzerland. The A9 motorway follows the north bank of Lake Geneva and provides a handy route to the town of Sierre, some 12 kilometres south of Aminona.
The Eurostar provides an ideal route to France but tourists will have to make their own way to Switzerland. The Glacier Express train from Paris stops at the town of Zermatt (approximately 45 minutes away from Montana by road) but the journey seems particularly long. A combination of the French TGV service and the Swiss Federal Railway will probably suit most tourists down to the ground but be sure to plan ahead to avoid potential problems along the way.
Who the Resort Caters for
Aminona is the smallest resort in the Crans-Montana complex and offers only a handful of activities. Skiing in the resort is fantastic and the Plaine Morte Glacier boasts extensive runs down into the valley, some of which are over eight miles long. The town of Aminona-sur-Sierre has a small castle to explore but children will probably find more to do at Fun Park Bibi, a small play area in Montana. Childcare facilities and supervision are available at the park for a small fee.
There are not many slopes suitable for experts at Aminona but cross-country skiers can take advantage of the 38 kilometres of off-piste runs and pre-arranged ski tours which depart from the local resorts. Horse riding, curling, ten-pin bowling, and squash are also available but costs are not included in ski-passes or accommodation fees.
Nursery slopes and an extensive winter playground (which is simply the golf course covered in snow) combine to provide a gentle introduction to skiing for beginners before they try the slopes at Aminona and Crans-Montana.
What Accommodation the Resort Offers
The vast majority of accommodation is located in a central position next to the Montana village or in Crans-sur-Sierre, and ranges from five-star luxurious hotels (the CransAmbassador hotel for example), to two-star chalets. Aminona is located approximately four miles away from Montana.
Hotel la Prairie is a three-star chalet-hotel situated 1 kilometre away from the centre of Montana. The property enjoys lovely sunshine throughout the year. Prices start at £128 per person, per night and visitors can expect a half-board service. Parents can leave their children in the on-site playground whilst they enjoy a quiet evening in the Chaudron Bar and restaurant. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and free internet and parking.
Chalets are abundant in Crans-Montana. Chéribibi is a three-star property available from £767 per week. All the apartments are self-catered and can sleep up to eight people. A typical apartment boasts a combined kitchen and dining area and a television. Childcare services are not provided.
Aminona allows visitors to access approximately 160 kilometres of downhill slopes. The resort lies in the shadow of the Crans-Montana resort and shares many of its facilities with its neighbour. There are 37 individual pistes at Aminona but the appropriate ski pass will allow skiers to explore the local area. The resort is primarily an intermediate skiing region and boasts 114 kilometres of red slopes.
Snowboarders keen to show off their skills may find more appropriate areas in Crans-Montana than in Aminona. The former resort has a large snow park (50,000 square metres) complete with table-tops and numerous jumps. Downhill boarders are allowed to use the same slopes as regular skiers, which dramatically improves Aminona’s overall appeal. Unfortunately, only a handful of the pistes at the resort are above 2500 metres, so snow cover can be unreliable at times.
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The Aminona ski season begins in December and runs until the following April