Glacier 3000 – glacial plateau

Les Diablerets / Gstaad

The devils are said to roam free on the glacial plateau of Les Diablerets. On stormy days, they throw stones at the 40m-high rock tower known as the Quille du Diable (Tour St. Martin). No wonder the people on Alp Derborence 1,500 metres below used to be so afraid of landslides.

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A trip to the “Les Diablerets” massif today is full of experiences: cableways, architecture, adventures and Alpine views. The cable car runs from Col du Pillon to the striking “Glacier 3000” mountain station, where leisurely snowshoe hikes, the impressive “Peak Walk” suspension bridge and the “Alpine Coaster” toboggan run await.

Already on arrival the spectacular Glacier 3000 mountain station by architect Mario Botta amazes you. And suddenly you face a panoramic summit view of 24 snow-capped giants (4000 meters and more), including the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Matterhorn, Grand Combin and famous Mont Blanc.

Diverse activities are at your fingertips on the Tsanfleuron glacial plateau: Alpine Coaster with ten curves and thrilling 520-degree circle, dog sleds and snow-bus rides, cross-country skiing in the middle of summer, safe hikes over the Firn snow to the Quille du Diable, remarkable rock head and a round-tour via Cabane de Prarochet to the Sanetsch Pass and on direction Gsteig.

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Altitude: 2965m
Accessibility:
With Postbus from Gstaad to the Col du Pillon or by rail from Aigle to Les Diablerets and by Postbus to the Pillon Pass, followed by spectacular cable car ride in two sections to Scex Rouge.
View: Over the Rhone Valley, Valais Alps with Matterhorn, Mont Blanc (from Tour St-Martin), Lake Geneva, Jura and Eiger
Attractions: Dog sleds, snow-bus, glacial plateau hikes, alpine coaster (highest toboggan run), Gemskopf via ferrata, summer cross-country, Peak Walk by Tissot (suspension bridge)
Culinary aspects: Summit restaurant with views over the glacial plateau as far as the Valais Alps
Refuge l'Espace beside the Quille du Diable with1400m in-depth views down to Derborance
Overnight stays: Glacier 3000 none; Cabane Prarochet, Cabane des Diablerets SAC, Refuge de Pierredar (via ferrata)
Groups: Restaurant Botta (mountain station): 120 and 150 places, terrace with bar 80 and picnic room 60 places
Infrastructure for meetings, congresses and seminars
Winter: Alpine winter sports with 25 kilometres of pistes on the glacier and challenging 7 kilometre-long old piste.
Special comments: Most attractive round toilet window with loveliest views!

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