Marius, Bella Lui and the departure point for the Men’s Downhill Worlds

As part of the festivities for the 125th anniversary of Crans-Montana, every ten days until October, twelve giant letters that make up the name of the resort will be unveiled in as many unique locations within the boundaries of the commune, highlighting twelve walks, and twelve themes closely linked to the development of the Haut-Plateau region, and narrated by … twelve emblematic figures from the area. Here’s the link explaining the concept :

That brings us to the letter M. The honour goes to Marius Robyr, the dynamic president of the FIS World Cup races in Crans-Montana, and executive director of the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid for organisation of the Alpine Ski World Championships. It’s impossible to choose a better location than that chosen for « his » M. It is in fact fixed at an altitude of 2,543 metres, on the terrace of the Bella Lui restaurant, with awe-inspiring views. And…? It is located  only a few metres from the departure point of the Men’s Downhill at the fabulous 1987 World Championships, which were held on the legendary Nationale piste. Unforgettable : a Swiss victory which was celebrated times four, thanks to Peter Müller (1st), Pirmin Zurbriggen (2nd), Karl Alpiger (3rd) and Franz Heinzer (4th) !

As for the pistes for the current Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid, it is once again Bella Lui that will witness the departure of the Men’s Downhill. Below, Marius Robyr recounts the history of those great skiing events that have been, and still are, so important for Crans-Montana. (NB: this sequence was registred before the Olympic Games Sion 2026 votations.)


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