Crans-Montana was founded over one hundred years ago, the resort has grown up around four pillars: the hotel business, health, golf and skiing. Resumé of an epic which started back in 1893. The Rhone Valley, which has always been a commercial route, was nevertheless a remote region in the 19th Century. Travellers admired the incredible mountain faces, the waterfalls, the vertiginous peaks. And on the north side of the valley, there was this fascinating high plateau, sprinkled with lakes and ponds, a plateau where only a handful of shepherds and their flocks lived in summer.