Cool alternatives: in the west
World class: Glacier 3000
The Glacier 3000 comes up trumps with superlatives: the only glacier area in the Bernese Oberland, the world’s first suspension bridge between two mountain peaks, the world’s highest toboggan run, personal soaring flights in the Freestyle Snowpark or by helicopter. Winter hikers will find a culinary refuge after the Glacier Walk in the Refuge l’Espace, a spectacular mountain lounge with panoramic views of 24 four thousand metre peaks. The spectacle begins on the ascent. The craggy walls which the mountain railway climbs are steep and very close, the world of the Diablerets group is diabolically beautiful. The mountain station designed by star architect Mario Botta is enthroned spectacularly at 3000 metres above sea level. This will take your breath away: a must-see for all adventurous people is the suspension bridge between the main peak Scex-Rouge and the Vorgipfel (Viewpoint). It’s 107 metres long and 80 centimetres wide, the Peak Walk by Tissot. The best the Swiss Alps have to offer lies at your feet: Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau greet you from a distance. Winter hikers are searching for space - called Refuge l’Espace. The comfortable walk across the Gletscherweg to this restaurant, which serves exclusively regional delicacies, takes a good hour and the restaurant is surrounded by cinematic mountain scenery. A romantic husky sleigh ride on the glacier is also fun. Time stands still on a large circuit through the snowy landscape. Red ears and noses from the wind are guaranteed on the brand new RED RUN – eight kilometres of fun on the slopes from 3,000 to 1,300 metres above sea level. You’ll want to linger forever – in the eternal ice of the Glacier 3000. And everyone swears: we’ll be back!
- Glacier 3000
- Postbus from Gstaad or Les Diablerets to Col du Pillon,then cablecar to the Mountain Station Glacier 3000
Simply beautiful: Rueblihorn & Co.
The slopes around the striking limestone pillar «Le Rubli» aka Rüeblihorn are really challenging and truly Alpine. From Rougemont take the ‘gondola’ cable car to La Videmanette. The 1,200 metre difference in altitude also provides the groundwork for the longest descent Rubloz (10 km). Alternatively you can set out to do the large circuit via Chalberhöni to Eggli. Marvel ad infinitum in the direction Gummfluh and Wildhorn.
8 seater-Gondola cable car Rougemont (992 m) – La Videmanette (2151 m) – via Chalberhöni (1334 m) to Eggli (1557 m) – Saanen (1010 m)
Small ski area, blackest slope
Do you love steep descents? Then there’s nothing more spectacular than the Wasserngrat. With the Tiger Run, this straighforward ski area offers the blackest slopes around Gstaad. The Berghaus, which sits like an eagle’s nest at 1,920 metres above sea level, combines cosy cabin charm with modern elements. The highlight: a spectacular panoramic view over Saanenland.