Northwest of Visp and Sierre, the Crans-Montana ski area has 50 pistes totaling 142km that are served by 24 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,500m. While Crans-Montana is known as a family-friendly intermediates paradise, keep in mind that a large percentage of the lifts are drag-lifts.
If you are looking for some challenging pistes, the steeper routes can be found int he Aminona sector. If that’s not enough for you, there is heli-snowboarding available through Air Glacier from the base.
After a long morning of shredding, try grabbing an on-mountain lunch at Etape de Lourantse hut or the Cabane de la Tieche.
For some apres ski action, try checking out the Punch Bar, the New Pub or the Number Two Bar.
To reach the snowboarding in Crans-Montana, take the train to Sierre and then use the funicular railway up to the base area.
Note: If you plan to head to Crans-Montana for snowboarding by train, here are two great options offered by the Swiss train system SBB. First, there is the discounted Swiss Transfer Ticket which provides a round-trip train ticket from an airport directly to the town near the ski area, plus 50% off any additional train or bus tickets. Second, there is the Snow-N-Rail ticket which provides a round-trip ticket from anywhere in Switzerland combines with a ski lift pass for as long as you need at a total 20% discount (see: http://www.sbb.ch/snownrail ).
Overall, Crans-Montana is the 50th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 68 snowboarding resorts in Switzerland.