Have you ever seen a totally inaccessible fantasy track and thought wistfully, “If only I could make it, this track looks sick?” Well, dream no more, because that’s exactly what the billionaire owners of Glacier 3000 in Switzerland thought. Unlike you and me, they had the resources to dig an 870ft (265m) tunnel from the main station to the back of the mountain to access a slope that was previously completely inaccessible due to the steep cliff face just above.
Glacier 3000, owned by Gstaadois Marcel Bach, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and French property magnate Jean-Claude Mimran, has announced the opening of the new “Cabane Pillon” piste for the 22/22 ski season. 23. The track will be 1.9 miles (3 km) long and cover 3,280 feet (1,000 m) of elevation, with a 41° grade at the steepest part. The name of the piste derives from the name of the intermediate station, Cabane, and from the name of the base station of the gondola at its end, Col du Pillon.
Glacier 3000 station is 20 minutes from Gstaad and 40 minutes from Monetreux. Unlike most other European stations, there is no village at its base. The nearest village is Les Diablerets, which is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, while Glacier3000 is in the German-speaking part.
The billionaire trio bought Glacier 3000 in 2005 and managed to turn a bankrupt ski area into a year-round mountain playground. They added many attractions, like a peak-to-peak suspension bridge and an ice cave, sledding and dog sledding. With these measures, they managed to give the station a much-needed boost and extended the station’s season to operate year-round.
Currently, 100m of this tunnel have been built and Glacier 3000 hopes to be able to complete this project in time for the opening of the ski season in November. Once the piste opens, it will be one of the steepest ski runs in the world. A day pass for Glacier 3000 costs $79 (75 CHF) and a season pass is only $482 (459 CHF).
They say money can’t buy happiness, but I guess those guys would disagree.
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