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Glacier 3000 - Arpelistock (3036 M.A.S.L)

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High alpine freetouring route from the top station of Glacier 3000 to Sanetschpass with subsequent ascent via Arête de l'Arpille to the summit of Arpelistock at 3035 meters. Descent via Rottal or Furgetäli to Geltenhütte SAC and Lake Lauenen.
difficult
Distance 9.6 km
2:19 h
796 m
659 m
3,035 m
2,239 m
In the morning with the first cable car at 09.00 o'clock one travels in about 20 minutes to the mountain station "Scex Rouge" where the demanding day tour begins. The first descent is right from the top station. The first one and a half kilometers you follow the ski slope in the direction of Oldensattel. You leave the ski slope just before the Oldensattel and enjoy the wonderful meters down to the Sanetschpass. On the pass the skins are mounted on the skis. Over the Arête de l'Arpille you ascend along the striking ridge. The ridge is often blown off and the skis have to be carried a few meters. We continue in magnificent scenery to the Arpelistock at 3036 meters. The last meters are done on foot with the skis on the backpack. The magnificent descent to the lonely Geltenhütte leads through ideally angled northern slopes either through the Furge or the Rottal. From the Geltenhütte you continue along the summer path to Lake Lauenen and finally to the village of Lauenen.

Author’s recommendation

A stop at the Geltenhütte with a coffee "Gelten" and a piece of cake.

Overnight stay in the Geltenhütte with ski tour to the Geltenhorn or Wildhorn the following day.

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Update: December 16, 2020
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Highest point
3,035 m
Lowest point
2,239 m
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Safety information

Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.

Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.

It is forbidden to walk on the ski pistes.

Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.

Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Tips and hints

Further ski tours can be found under the following link:

https://www.gstaad.ch/winter/ski-snowboard/skitouren.html

Start

Top station Glacier 3000 (2,897 m)
Coordinates:
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2'582'067E 1'130'555N
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46.326150, 7.205783
DMS
46°19'34.1"N 7°12'20.8"E
UTM
32T 361889 5131850
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Destination

Arpelistock

Turn-by-turn directions

Scex Rouge - Sanetschpass - Arête de l’Arpille - Arpelistock

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus stop Col du Pillon

Getting there

The Destination Gstaad is located in the south-west of Switzerland right on the border to the French-speaking part of the country. The Destination is easily accessed by rail or car from the regions around Lake Thun and Lake Geneva and the Gruyere region Direct connections to the European high-speed rail network and all international airports in Switzerland guarantee a time-saving and pleasant journey.

 

More information on gstaad.ch: Travel & Public Transport.

Parking

Parkplatz Glacier 3000 (Col du Pillon)

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'582'067E 1'130'555N
DD
46.326150, 7.205783
DMS
46°19'34.1"N 7°12'20.8"E
UTM
32T 361889 5131850
w3w 
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Equipment

We recommend

Ski touring equipment: touring ski-boots, touring skis with touring bindings, ski poles, skins, ski crampons

Climbing harness

Avalanche transeiver

Backpack, shovel, probe

Backpack with avalanche airbag system

Warm weatherproof clothing

Warm gloves and warm hat

Sunglasses and sunscreen

Warm drinks

Snack (high energy foods such as chocolate, dried fruit etc.)


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
2:19 h
Ascent
796 m
Descent
659 m
Highest point
3,035 m
Lowest point
2,239 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route High-altitude ski tour suitable for snowboards Linear route Clear area
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1600 m 1800 m
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