Today, the Tsanfleuron glacier is the starting point for a ski paradise with 28 kilometers of slopes stretching down to an altitude of 1,350 meters. Glacier 3000 is a huge area for snow fun and winter activities - almost all year round.
Glacier 3000 is best reached via the Pass Col du Pillon. Asphalted and free parking is available in sufficient numbers here as well as in the Reusch. The regional airports of Bern and Sion are nearby and small aircraft can land and take off at Saanen airfield.
From Saanen you can reach the aerial cableway by car via Gstaad and Gsteig on the Pillon road in half an hour. The 33 km long pass road connects Saanen, which belongs to the canton of Bern, with Le Sépey / Aigle in the canton of Vaud. From Bern it is about 130 kilometers via the A12 freeway, which takes about one-three-quarters of an hour to reach the destination. From Sion, it takes a good hour by car via the A9 freeway.
By car, the Glacier3000 is also easily accessible from the Lake Thun region (Spiez), the Lake Geneva region (Aigle) and the Gruyère region (Bulle). From Spiez, it takes one and a quarter hours via Route 11 to reach the valley station of the cable car. From Aigle via route 11 it takes half an hour from the other side. And from Bulle, via the A12, it takes about an hour.
The ten lifts are:
The Glacier3000 was created gradually since the 1960-ies. The idea of connecting the Col du Pillon with the Tsanfleuron glacier dates back to 1959.The aerial tramway travels from the Col du Pillon valley station as a 125-passenger cable car to the Scex Rouge summit station, covering 1,400 meters in altitude. For the total distance, the cable car needs 15 minutes at a speed of 10 meters per second in the first part and 9 meters per second in the second part.
The first section is 1960 meters long and climbs 979 vertical meters. The second section reaches 417 meters of altitude over 1,661 meters of travel.
Another cable car has a capacity of 40 passengers per cabin and runs for 1,619 meters between Reusch and Oldenegg over 569 meters of altitude.
The cable cars do not only bring the guests to the top in winter. In summer the cable cars also run daily, but at the beginning of the season sometimes only on weekends.
The ICE Express chairlift leads to the Glacier 3000. It starts at Scex Rouge. A total of three chairlifts operate on Glacier3000:
The 4-seater chairlift (fixed-grip) takes guests from the top station of the Scex Rouge aerial cableway to the glacier in summer and winter. Over a length of 373 meters, it descends 110 meters in altitude. At 2m/sec. Speed, it takes 3.5 minutes and can carry a total of up to 1,200 people per hour.
The chairlift Oldenegg to Cabane connects the cable cars of Reusch and Col du Pillon at the top station Cabane and also extends the chairlift coming from Oldenalp. It is a 4-seater high-speed chairlift with covers, which can be coupled. With a speed of five meters per second, it takes 8.5 minutes for 2,327 meters of length.
The 4-person high-speed chairlift can be coupled and, at 5m/sec, takes about 2.4 minutes for 742 meters of length between Oldenalp and Oldenegg.
The operating times of the lifts vary between summer and winter.
In the summer season all lifts are open continuously. From 10.05. to 28.05.2021 there will be a revision. Another revision in October is not planned
The Col du Pillon - Cabane - Scex Rouge cable cars / Ice Express chairlift operate daily between 09:00 and 16:50 at a 20 minute frequency. 16:50 starts the last descent from Scex Rouge.
The winter season stretches over six months until the end of April 2022, during which time there is no revision.
The cable cars Col du Pillon - Cabane - Scex Rouge run daily between 09:00 and 16:30 in a rotation of 20 minutes. 16:30 starts the last descent from Scex Rouge. Between Col du Pillon and Scex Rouge the cable car takes 15 minutes. The chairlifts and glacier lifts run daily between 09:15 and 16:00.
The biggest sight is the glacier itself and the Peak Walk, which connects two mountain peaks and leads over the glacier. At Glacier 3000, the glacier can be seen from below, so to speak. Einkathedrale is called a grotto that fills with water every year and may be visited.
The sights at Glacier 3000 include:
Dôme Hike is the highest point of Glacier 3000 at 3,016 meters above sea level. A wide and comfortable path for a walk leads up to it.
The walk starts at Scex Rouge at 2,940 meters and descends along a marked path to Col de Prapio. From there, two less pronounced uphills lead in a southwesterly direction up to Le Dôme. The Dôme is also called Steinmannli because of the cairns. The summit of the Dôme is marked with a large cairn.
The pleasantly wide path is surrounded by boulders and can be hiked in a relaxed manner. The good mountain air and an overwhelming view make for a lasting experience. The view of the glacier, the devilish Diablerets peak and the valleys deep below is breathtaking in its combination.
The hike along the approximately 1.5 km trail takes about an hour. From the Dôme, a secured trail leads down to the Diableret glacier. If you take the route back to the mountain station, it is worth taking a short detour at Col de Prapio to the Rifugio Espace at the Quille du Diable. The glacier trail is marked with poles. Also the way back from there to the station Scex Rouge is marked. Both paths are therefore not to be missed even in poor visibility.
The Peak Walk is the path across a suspension bridge on Glacier 3000. This is the only suspension bridge in the world that connects two mountain peaks, at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters. Depending on the weather, the bridge is accessible all year round.
The suspension bridge connects the pre-summit (View Point) with the main summit (Scex Rouge). The main summit is about 5 meters higher. The breathtaking view of the high mountains can be enjoyed both in summer and winter. The path is 107 meters long and eight meters wide. Because of the small difference in altitude, the bridge is almost flat. Among other things, the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc and the triumvirate of the Jungfrau massif can be seen from here. Entering the suspension bridge is free of charge.
The ice grotto at Glacier 3000 is also called "the mill". It was formed naturally using the siphon principle and fills up again with water every spring and summer. As soon as the plug loosens in autumn, the water flows out and the grotto can be entered, but only at your own risk. It is about twenty meters long and as the lights reflect on the ice walls, images are created and a special effect that is worth seeing.
The Ice Cathedral is reached in about 15 minutes on foot from the bottom station of the ICE Express chairlift. The path leads along the Glacier Walk in the direction of the Dôme ski lift entrance station. The path to the grotto is secured, but inside the cave the ground is very slippery and slippery. In winter, snow may accumulate in front of the entrance, blocking access. Access is possible exclusively in autumn/winter.
The prices at Glacier 3000 are combined in one pass per winter season or in combination of winter pass and summer surcharge as a year-round pass. This means that you do not have to pay separately for each facility.
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At Glacier 3000, winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding are available from early November to early May, but in good weather conditions the slopes will open earlier. The interactive map shows the open lifts, slopes etc. at any time.
Many activities can also be practiced in summer, as the glacier offers good snow conditions almost all year round. But since some years an increase of the glacier retreat is observed, so that temporary glacier closures are possible in order to preserve it.
Winter activities at Glacier 3000:
Summer activities at Glacier 3000:
Skiing and snowboarding on Glacier3000 can be reached by cable car in two stages from Col du Pillon. The pass road is open all year round. The cable car goes to the top station Freeride skiing is possible on the glacier. Between 3,000 and 1,300 meters above sea level, the high alpine area is snow-sure between November and May and offers a variety of possibilities. When freeriding, you only follow your own track and enjoy the glacier scenery.
The accompaniment of a local mountain guide is recommended for all freeride tours. A Freeride Map for the Glacier 3000 is available for purchase.
The best way to start freeriding is via the top station. The lift takes you first to the third floor and from there out onto a metal bridge. At the end of the metal bridge, you climb over the railing (Official Freerider Downhill) and mount your skis on the safe plateau. Two T-bar lifts take skiers up the Dôme. Another tow lift leads to the neighboring summit Quille du Diable and a fourth is located above the parking lot Reusch.
The freeridedays.ch are held regularly on two days in April on the Glacier3000. Freeriders then have the opportunity to discover the freeride world in complete safety accompanied by professionals. This applies regardless of whether they are beginners or advanced. The freeride terrain here allows you to leave 2,000 meters of altitude behind you very quickly. Steep slopes that require a lot of technique and sections of untouched powder snow make Glacier3000 one of the most popular freeride spots in the world.
At the Avalanche Training Center, anyone interested can learn how to properly navigate freeride terrain for free. It is shown what to do if an avalanche really goes off. Under realistic conditions, everyone involved can learn how best to deal with an emergency. The avalanche training facility is located on an area of one hundred by one hundred meters in moderately steep terrain at the lower part of the Ice Express chairlift. The avalanche transceiver (LVS) offers five transmitters that are activated from the control center. They remain buried throughout the winter. Shovel and probe must be brought by yourself.
Freeride providers in the region include, for example, the Alpine Center based in Gstaad.
A new descent over 8,000 meters is the Red Run Slope, which descends from 3,000 vertical meters to 1,300 vertical meters. It starts at the Scex Rouge mountain station. From here it passes under the Oldenhorn, continues below the Cabane middle station and connects with the already existing red Martisberg run.
The Olden Slope descends from Oldenhorn to Olpenalp and another piste leads from Oldenegg in wide sweeps down to Reusch. Both are black slopes.
These 6 blue slopes are in the upper range:
Scex Rouge - Dôme Les Diablerets has with the Snowpark Glacier3000 already in the pre-season months October and November a good possibility to prepare for the coming season. Also in the months of April and May, the snowpark is an ideal training spot from beginner to pro rider.
The three runs Transfleuron, Dôme and Retour Scex Rouge have boxes, rails and tables. The giant jump Big Mama is suitable for snowboarders and skiers.
Due to the certainty of snow on the glacier of Glacier3000, sledding and cross-country skiing are also possible in summer under good conditions.
Those who don't like skiing will find good sledging possibilities in the fun park. Sledding at Glacier3000 is possible in the Funpark all year round. It is open every day, weather conditions permitting. Especially for smaller children the ride on a plastic plate is a special fun. The Fun Park is located in the lower part of the Ice Express chairlift and has safe snow conditions on the glacier. The Fun Park can be used free of charge.
The glacier at Glacier 3000 makes it possible to do cross-country skiing also in summer.
Cross-country skiing and skating is possible on seven kilometers of trails that use almost the entire surface of the glacier Glacier de Tsanfleuron. The trails are groomed from April to October. Several professionals from the cross-country skiing and biathlon scene also take advantage of the ideal training opportunities amidst the fascinating panorama. The cross-country skiing track on the glacier is open until December if the snow conditions are good. The altitude of the cross-country ski trail network ranges between 2,800 and 2,840 meters above sea level.
The glacier area of Glacier 3000 stretches for three kilometers in length and one and a half kilometers in width, sloping eastward to about 2,500 meters. Group bookings for the Snowbus or a dog sled ride must be made in advance by email.
The dog sled is pulled by huskies. A whole pack shows that it is at home in the snow. This way visitors are driven over the glacier in an original and romantic way. A ride on a dog sled is extraordinary and remains in the memory. The rides are offered by swiss mushing all year round.
In the period from November to March, the dog sleds are always at the glacier on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, weather permitting. The weather can be checked on the website in the morning.
It is possible to book a sled for up to 7 people for 30 minutes ride over the glacier.
The Snowbus of Glacier 3000 offers space for up to 20 people and drives like a snowcat over the crunching snow. With it you can explore the glacier area without having to move yourself.
Glacier 3000 is a popular hiking area. As soon as they get off the cable car, visitors are amazed by a wonderful panorama. The view easily reaches as far as the Jura. There are a total of 75 kilometers of signposted mountain hiking trails. Besides easy hiking routes there are also challenging alpine tours.
From the Sex Rouge mountain station, an easy glacier walk runs high above the Col du Pillon pass road to the legend-enshrouded Devil's Rock on Glacier 3000. The cable car leads up from the valley station at Col du Pillon
The trail starts at 2,929 meters above sea level at the top station of the Sex Rouge and can be shortened considerably with the ICE Express chairlift. The use is free of charge. For the descent via the ski slope, hiking poles and a light vest are important.
The leisurely mountain hike (T2) is signposted as Glacier Walk from the glacier station of the chairlift. For the most part, it leads along a cross-country ski trail. Passing the Oldenhorn, the path goes over the Glacier de Tsanfleuron to the cantonal border into Valais. During the hike you can see the Bernese and Valais Alps. The trail ends at the striking obelisk Tour St-Martin / Quille du Diable
Right next to it is the Refuge l'Espace at 2,598 meters with a large viewing terrace. At this place, with a little luck, bearded vultures are observed. They live below the terrace in the Derborance valley. This mountain hike does not need any special preparation and does not require any special equipment. The way back is the same way.
This challenging mountain hike starts below the Glacier3000 at the valley station of the Reusch cable car at about 1,343 meters above sea level and ends at 3,074 meters below the top of the Oldenhorn. The best time for this mountain tour is the summer from July to October at the latest. For this trip with 1,740 meters of ascent over a length of 8.5 kilometers a very good physical condition is needed. The path through the Olden valley, which climbs slowly at first, leads along waterfalls and a spruce forest. From Oldenalp the Oldensattel begins. The Tsanfleuron glacier is already in the immediate vicinity and remains in sight during the further ascent. Arrived at the Oldenhorn, a view of 24 four-thousand-meter peaks of the neighboring alpine chain can be enjoyed.
In the Reusch, free parking is available in a large parking lot on the pass road between Gstaad and Les Diablerets.
This mountain hike starts near the valley station at Col de Pillon at an altitude of 1,540 meters. Via very winding paths, the tour leads to the SAC hut. The Cabane des Diablerets hut stands at 2,500 meters above sea level. The further ascent is very steep and one passage goes directly over the glacier until Scex Rouge is reached at 2,940 meters altitude. The ascent takes about 4.5 hours, a descent 2.5 hours.
Glacier 3000 offers no less than three challenging via ferratas, which can be climbed between June and September/October. Further information from the Diablerets tourist office is available on the via ferratas around the Devil's Rocks. It is the Via Ferratas:
The Via Ferrata des Dames Anglaises is rocky and alpine. For the via ferrata, absolute surefootedness and a head for heights are indispensable. There are also challenging passages on the way to and from the via ferrata. You need a complete via ferrata equipment as well as helmet and via ferrata gloves. In addition, an ice axe and crampons are needed for the traverse. The former via ferrata had to be relocated due to the recession of the glacier.
The edge crevasse under the Col de Prapio had become a danger. The way back is either in reverse back to the Refuge de Pierredar or by cable car Glacier3000 to the Col du Pillon. The three rocks got their name because their shape reminds of women with long dresses. A stop is recommended at the Refuge de Pierredar. From here you have a beautiful view of the glacier Glacier de Prapio.
This via ferrata Cascade du D'ar faces northwest and scores with the greenery and waters of the Diablerets massif. From the Col du Pillon, the via is reached in about ten to fifteen minutes. This via ferrata is classified as extremely difficult and requires extreme surefootedness. Some places can be extremely slippery and for people of smaller stature, the via ferrata is particularly difficult to master. However, the most difficult part can be bypassed to the left at the beginning.
This fixed rope route goes over a large and beautiful 300 meter high yellow rock face. The via ferrata is therefore also known as the Yellow Rocher. It faces north and offers views from the Alps to over the blue lakes. This via ferrata contains many extremely difficult passages
From Col du Pillon, the via can be reached on foot, but it is easier to take the cable car to Glacier 3000 to the middle station. From here it is another ten minutes on foot. This route contains particularly exposed sections and overhanging ladders. The site around the Cabane additionally offers several climbing routes, ranging from 5 to 250 meters in length. All of them are located near the Cabane des Diablerets.
The rental of equipment is done, for example, HolidaySport in Les Diablerets.
The summer toboggan run operates daily at Glacier 3000 from May to September. The operating times are based on the opening times of the Col du Pillon - Scex Rouge aerial cableways.
The toboggan run is the highest in the world and starts near the Scex Rouge mountain station. It is a spectacular glacier ride, one thousand meters long, with a 520° loop, six waves, three jumps and ten curves, some of them steep.
The speed here can reach up to 40 km/h. Tobogganers experience almost weightlessness on the track, which hovers up to six meters above the ground, and enjoy not only the great view but also the fresh mountain air. You can reduce the speed yourself by means of a brake pedal.
In case of bad weather conditions like big snowfall or strong wind, the Alpine Coaster will be closed.
Glacier3000 is the destination for glacier flights. Small planes and helicopters are allowed to land on the glacier. Conversely, paragliding flights from Glacier 3000 are offered as tandem flights.
A flight over the glacier starts not far from the top station. The paragliding equipment is provided by the tandem flight provider. The flight duration is 30 to 45 minutes, a total of about two hours time is required.
Helicopter flights with stopover on Les Diablerets are offered by various providers.
A combination of landing on the glacier for an aperitif can be arranged with an additional charge.
The sightseeing flight starts over Lake Arnen and leads directly to Glacier3000, the highest ski area in the Saanenland. On the Glacier des Diablerets, the direct view of the four-thousand-meter peaks of the Valais Alps is impressive. Over the Sanetsch Pass the helicopter flies over the Wildhorn and Lauenen back to Saanen.
The current events are displayed on the Glacier3000 page.
Examples of regular events:
26 kilometers with 1900 meters of altitude must be mastered. The run starts at the Gstaad promenade at an altitude of 1,050 meters and ends at the Glacier3000 at 2,950 meters. Participation fee from 80 CHF.
A peak brunch is held regularly at the Botta Restaurant. The extensive meal with a view of the mountains is very popular and must be booked in advance.
There are various dining options at Glacier3000 throughout the year.
at 2,860 meters above sea level is the Refuge l'Espace. It can be reached on foot in summer and winter in about 45 minutes from the mountain station along the signposts to the "Glacier Walk to the Quille du Diable". By snow bus or on skis, the walk takes about 15 minutes. Helocopters and small aircraft are allowed to land on the glacier a few meters from the Refuge.
Offered here are regional, down-to-earth cuisine and hot and cold drinks.
Peak Brunch is held at the Botta Restaurant daily between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Booking of the Peak Brunch is only possible online.
In addition to the uniquely beautiful view of the mountain panorama, the small buffet served at the table includes:
The building was designed by the star architect Mario Botta and offers high level enjoyment on three floors. Offered are small snacks and specialties of the cantons of Bern, Vaud and Valais. The restaurant on the 4th floor has 140 seats.
Open daily during the operating hours of the facilities from 09:15 to 16:30
The building is located on the edge of the glacier Les Diablerets, the highest point of the canton of Vaud.
There are 160 seats in the self-service restaurant on the 3rd floor. In addition, there are 70 seats on a sunny terrace on the 2nd floor.
The restaurant is located on the pass road Pillon 251 next to the valley station of the gondola lift. Due to its ideal location, it offers typical Swiss cuisine to skiers, excursionists, but also motorized guests. The Diablerets massif is easily visible from here. Open daily between 8:30 am and 6 pm. In November could be closed for seasonal reasons.
After the long and challenging descent down the Olden piste, you reach the ski bar in Gsteig.
The hut, located at 2,485 meters above sea level, can be reached on foot in 5 minutes from the Cabane middle station. It is located on the Reusch - Scex Rouge hiking route and offers a view of the Vaud and Bernese Alps. For overnight stays, prior reservation is required. There are 32 berths. 2'582'819.5 / 1'131'974.5