Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 is the name of a tourist destination in the French Swiss region of Les Diablerets; the number in question being the (approximate) height in metres above sea level of the upper part of a sizeable glacier, easily reachable by cable car and snowed-over the whole year round.

As well as the usual outdoor restaurant terrace and puff-inducing flight of steps to a pinnacled view point, there is also a “rodelbahn” (summer toboggan), built on the similar principle to the one in Pradaschier where we had so much fun last autumn. The views from the mountain-top are spectacular: reaching all the way to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the East, to the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the south west, and to the Jura mountains in the north.

The cable-car ticket is pretty expensive, which may have to do with the modernity of the stations, long cable car traverses, and the fact that the destination is less well-known than its counterparts in the more famous tourist destinations. It’s nevertheless much less expensive than the Jungfraujoch, which is one of the only other freely accessible and sports facility-equipped “glacier destinations” in Switzerland I can think of.

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