A new run was opened yesterday at the resort Glacier 3000 in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland – the resort straddles the cantons of Vaud, Bern and Valais.
The new Red Run begins at Scex Rouge (2,971m), passes under the Oldenhorn station below the Cabane station, where it joins the existing Martisberg Run. This new 8km piste drops nearly 1,700m.
The goal was to find a nice and relatively straight slope in the mountains with a maximum gradient of 40% for a red run, said project manager and engineer Walter Egger.
Gaining official approval for the new route took three years. The organisation Pronatura was opposed it.
CEO of the resort Glacier 3000, Bernhard Tschannen, told RTS that when the snow is good, fewer come to the resort. When the snow is poor, the resort, with its glacier, is one of the few places in the region where people can ski. He hopes the new run will draw more skiers even when snow conditions are good.