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Crans Montana

A couple of cable cars are in service even during the summer term. In winter the area is dotted with ski lifts. Hiking tracks are not always as clearly marked as we’d want it, but that shouldn’t be a real problem. In the Crans – Montana – Lens area about 10 pretty small lakes spot plains and hills, although some are hidden in the woods.

In Montana town center in remembrance to the former guest, the writer Katherine Mansfield, a road carries her name; a lovely memorial with fountain is placed on Lake Etang di Car at the Casino.
See www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mansfieldk.html

   

Bella Lui, Bisse du Ro

A cable car with cabins seating six persons brings us up to Cry d’Er with a fantastic Panorama. A larger cable car runs up to the top, Bella Lui, at 2500 m. 

From Bella Lui I chose the following hike (4 hrs):
Bella Lui – Col du Pochet – Er de Lens – La Cave de l’Er de Lens – Er de Chermignon – Ancienne Bisse du Ro – Crans.
The route is not recommended for people disliking walks along Abysses!

The very first part of the hike is almost flat; it runs along the short rim on Bella Bella LuiLui. At the end a steel ladder provides access to the lower rim.
Across, cut into the grey flank of the Tubang mountain the narrow track ascending to Plaine Morte is visible, to the West part of the
lake Tseuxier.

Our track is less scary. Shortly after reaching Col du Pochet we're On the descent to La Cave d'Er de Lensdescending along the flanks of Bella Lui, down to the Alp with the Cave de l’Er de Lens. Having reached the alp meadow a sign shows the general direction: along the creek. Later there are marks on rocks.

The walk along the old Bisse du Ro is amazing. Hundred of years Track on former Bisse du Roago, until early 20th century this important carrier of water for the fields in the dry area have been built and maintained by risk of the lives of bold men. Nowadays, the Bisse is not needed anymore, watering is provided by modern Technology! In some parts the track is on the old water channel, in others it’s a lovely forest path, On former Bisse du Ro then again we have to duck in order not to bump our head on the rocks. From time to time, stopping, we enjoy the beautiful view. To the right, some way up the dam of Lake Tseuzier makes an impressive sight.

The most striking feeling though is walking high above the abyss, over and along the valley of the Lične.

 

Violettes

Black Beauties on ViolettesCable cars, seating 6 persons lift us to this Alp. 

As most people I could'nt resist the lift to the top at Plaine morte with the glacier. Up there we are on 3000m, with a On Pointe de la Plaine Mortefantastic Panorama, the glacier nearby.

The walk from les Violettes down to 
Vermala –
Montana – Crans (2 hrs) begins at the Cabine des Violettes CAS. Although a gravel road provides access for cars, a more comfortable walking track is always nearby. Near Vermala the forest tracks runs for a short while parallel along the Bisse Tsittoret.
 

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