While we were staying in Les Diablerets in Switzerland, we went up the mountain for a day trip to the Glacier 3000 Ski Field…and what a breathtaking experience it was!
We took a shuttle bus from the Les Diablerets village to Col du Pillon and from there we went up the mountain in two massive cable cars which could fit more than one hundred people in each. We were packed in like sardines into the cable cars, along with people in full ski gear – helmets and boards and all (we stuck out like sore thumbs).
Once we disembarked the second cable car, we were at the Scex Rouge (‘Red Rock’) station which had a fancy restaurant with panoramic views, a self-service canteen and a souvenir shop. It also had the Peak Walk by Tissot which was a 107 metre suspension bridge to the Scex Rouge peak itself, at an altitude of 2,971 metres above sea level.
The bridge walk was free and offered a breathtaking 360 degree view of the surrounding Swiss Alps – we could even see the famous Mont Blanc and Jungfrau peaks from there!
After we’d clambered down from the bridge, it was time to start what we’d come all the way up the mountain to do, which was the Glacier Walk. As you can guess, the Glacier Walk entailed going across the Tsanfleuron Glacier, most of which is used as the Glacier 3000 ski field.
We went down the ski lift from Scex Rouge onto the ski field itself, and then walked the three kilometres across the glacier to the Quille du Diable. When I’d heard we were doing the Glacier Walk, I’d been imagining perilous heights and rough terrain, but the whole walk was surprisingly flat and very easygoing (with amazing views to boot!).
Our end goal was the Quille du Diable, which was a famous rock formation resting on a sheer cliff face, where the Refuge L’espace Cafe sat directly in its shadow. My cousin and his father (who were snowboarding on the ski field) met us there for lunch and we all enjoyed hot meals (scrumptious beetroot soup) and stunning (if rather terrifying!) scenary.
We had unseasonably warm temperatures while we were in Les Diablerets, so a lot of the ski routes on the mountain were closed, but with more snowfall it’s possible to ski or snowboard all the way from the peak to the very bottom of the mountains. They also have the world’s highest Alpine Coaster up at the Scex Rouge station which runs in the summertime.
Although it felt rather strange to be walking on a ski field rather than skiing on it, the Glacier Walk was an easy expedition and well worth it – especially with those million dollar Swiss Alps views!
This was definitely a top highlight (haha so punny) of our family holidays and I can see why people harp on about the Swiss Alps so much now. Maybe next trip there’ll be time for some skiing up there too!
So, did you like the Glacier 3000 ski field as much as I did?
Is this somewhere you’d like to add to your travel list?