Glacier 3000: the must-knows

  • Glacier 3000 is a mountain area east of Montreux, easy to reach by bus and cable car from Gstaad.
  • You’ll have panoramic views of Switzerland’s highest peaks, including the Matterhorn in the distance.
  • If you’re up for a suspension bridge, the Peak Walk is a must.
  • Enjoy a snow fun park in winter, a toboggan run in summer, and many more activities.
  • A hiking highlight is the Glacier Walk to the mountain restaurant Refuge l’Espace.
Min. time required: 2:30
Season: early January to early October and mid November to late December
Recommended season: early January to late February and early April to early October
Max. altitude: 2971 m (9747 ft)

What is Glacier 3000? Copy link to clipboard

The Glacier 3000 viewpoint, ski and summer sports area is located in the mountains, 30 minutes from the famous resort Gstaad. A cable car takes you up from the valley station Col-du-Pillon to the top station Scex Rouge.

Wide panoramic views of the Swiss mountains await you here. In clear weather, you can see the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and 24 other mountains over 4000 meters.

In addition you can enjoy lots of activities. Examples are the Peak Walk suspension bridge, a snow fun park, a mountain coaster, and several alpine hikes.

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Glacier 3000 - 2023 prices

The standard price for a return trip Col-du-Pillon - Glacier 3000 is CHF 85 per adult. You can get a discount with your rail pass.

What's included in the cable car tickets

For a regular sightseeing visit you need a so-called 'pedestrian ticket'. This includes the cable car rides and several activities, such as the Peak Walk, the Ice Express chairlift, sledding in the fun park, and the Glacier Walk. Other activities aren't included:

  • If you want to ski you'll need separate ski or ski season tickets.
  • The alpine coaster in summer has to be paid for separately.
  • Dog sled and snow bus rides have to be reserved in advance at additional costs.

Tours to Glacier 3000

If you book a tour to Glacier 3000, travel and cable car tickets are usually included. Always check the exact terms and conditions.

Where to buy your Glacier 3000 tickets

Tickets to Glacier 3000 are available online and at the gondola valley station at Col-du-Pillon.

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Glacier 3000 Cable Car Roundtrip Ticket
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Enjoy an excursion to eternal snow at 3000 meters above sea level. Glacier 3000 offers you a pure snow experience with breathtaking views of the most beautiful alpine peaks such as Jungfrau, Matterhorn, and Mont-Blanc.

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Glacier 3000 Ticket Including Cable Car and Peak Walk by Tissot
Directly between Gstaad and Les Diablerets lies Glacier 3000, one of the most well-known and accessible glaciers in Switzerland. It’s only a 15-minute cable car ride up to 3'000 meters. Nowhere else can you get up to any Swiss glacier that fast. And this panoramic ride alone is in itself …

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The destination is referred to as “Glacier-des-Diablerets” on most rail pass validity maps.

Day Pass Discount 50%:
  • Col-du-Pillon to Scex Rouge/Glacier 3000 (cableway)
Regional Pass Lake Geneva-Alps Discount 10%:
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Col-du-Pillon to Scex Rouge/Glacier 3000 (cableway): less than 50% discount.

Swiss Half Fare Card Discount 50%:
  • Col-du-Pillon to Scex Rouge/Glacier 3000 (cableway)
Swiss Travel Pass Discount 50%:
  • Col-du-Pillon to Scex Rouge/Glacier 3000 (cableway)
Swiss Travel Pass Flex Discount 50%:
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How to reach Glacier 3000: directions and map Copy link to clipboard

Glacier 3000 can be reached by cable car from the valley station of Col-du-Pillon. Col-du-Pillon is only accessible by bus or car from Gstaad or Les Diablerets.

Getting to the valley station Col-du-Pillon

The Col-du-Pillon cable car station is only accessible by car or bus from Gstaad (30 minutes) or from Les Diablerets (15 minutes). In winter, there’s a special ski bus between Les Diablerets and Col-du-Pillon.

The closest major towns are Gstaad and Montreux. Interlaken is 2h40 away from Col-du-Pillon via Gstaad on the GoldenPass route.

If you come by car, you can park at the Col-du-Pillon valley station.

Getting to Glacier 3000/Scex Rouge

The main route is the cable car from Col-du-Pillon to the cable car top station Glacier 3000. There's a change at the mid-station Cabane-des-Diablerets.

Alternatively, you can use another gondola route from the valley station Reusch, via mid-stations Oldenegg and Cabane. It has limited opening dates.

Map of the cableway route to Glacier 3000

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Operation dates, schedules and timetable Copy link to clipboard

2023 operating dates for Glacier 3000

The cable car to Glacier 3000 and the Ice Express operate all year long, except for a maintenance break from 16 October to 3 November 2023.

How to plan the journey to Glacier 3000

You can plan most of your journey with the Swiss timetable. Details:

  • The bus stop near the valley station is called "Col-du-Pillon, Glacier 3000".
  • The cable car valley station is called "Col-du-Pillon (téléphérique)".
  • The ride to the top station (officially called "Scex Rouge" or "Glacier-des-Diablerets") is not included in the general timetable. Consult the specific Glacier 3000 timetable here instead.

Best months to visit the top Copy link to clipboard

The best months for a trip to Glacier 3000 are early January to late February and early April to early October. Details:

  • Most snow falls in January and February. So chances to enjoy the winter activities at Glacier 3000 are optimal.
  • April-June and early October allow you to see striking contrasts between the green valleys and the snowy mountain tops during your ride to the top.
  • July, August and September are the perfect months for high-altitude hikes at Glacier 3000.

Concerning the other months:

  • Mid-November to December and March are fine too. Season-wise they're 'in-between' months, so it's hard to tell what weather and snow conditions at the top will be like.
  • The cable cars don't operate from mid-October to early November.

Weather tips and forecast for Glacier 3000 Copy link to clipboard

Clear and sunny weather is ideal for your visit to Glacier 3000: it allows you to enjoy the wide panoramic views from the top. If you mainly go up for activities such as the mountain coaster and sledding this is less important.

If you plan high-altitude hiking, good weather is a must. Check forecasts shortly before setting off, and change your plans in case of doubt. Learn more about safe hiking in the Swiss Alps here.

The cable cars operate in all kinds of weather, but they may shut down in case of heavy wind or other extreme circumstances.

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What to do at Glacier 3000: the options per season

All-season activities at Glacier 3000

  1. You can have culinary breaks in bars and restaurants. One of those is designed by the famous architect Mario Botta and located at the Scex Rouge cable car station. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed it in September 2022. A new restaurant has been designed by Mario Botta and is now being built. It’s expected to open in the summer of 2024. The restaurant will feature high windows and a large panoramic roof terrace with views of the Peak Walk suspension bridge and many mountain tops. Meanwhile, the temporary restaurant “Le Carnotzet” and a snack corner in the souvenir shop are available.
  2. From the top restaurant, you can make a short walk to the viewpoint where you can enjoy a wonderful mountain panorama.
  3. The Ice Express chairlift takes you down to the glacier where several activities are available, such as the snow bus and the fun park.
  4. The spectacular Peak Walk is a short hiking route from Scex Rouge over a breathtaking suspension bridge connecting two mountain tops. If you suffer from fear of heights, it’s not suitable for you.
  5. You can book a dog sled ride.

More summer activities at Glacier 3000

These are your extra options when you visit in summer:

  1. Roll down in the alpine coaster.
  2. Take a ride over the glacier in the snow bus. Booking is required.
  3. Take a hike. There are wonderful panoramic routes, including one leading to the Dôme mountain and back to Scex Rouge.
  4. Challenge yourself on the via ferrata route.

More winter activities at Glacier 3000

This is how you enjoy the snow at Glacier 3000 in winter:

  1. There’s a snowpark for freestyle skiing and snowboarding, open from October to May (the exact dates depend on weather and snow conditions). Visitors can join free training sessions in the avalanche training center.
  2. Cross-country skiing is possible too.
  3. Ski rental is available.
  4. In the fun park, you can enjoy sledding.
  5. You’ll find several groomed winter hiking trails. The Glacier Walk is an impressive one. This path takes you across the glacier to the restaurant Refuge l’Espace on the glacier’s edge. From there, you’ll have wonderful views down into the Derborance Valley and into the Valais. You can skip the first steep section of the hike by taking the Ice Express chairlift down to the glacier.

How long a visit to Glacier 3000 takes

You need about 2,5 hours for a round trip from Col-du-Pillon. This allows you enjoy the views and spend time in the restaurants or on one of the activities. You can easily make a full-day trip out of this if you plan to hike or do several activities.

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