It wasn’t until later that we learned people will hike and even bike up it. It also has a nice view of the city and decent trails. Once up there, there are many outdoor activities to take part in, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding (who jump off the carpeted area in the photo below), hang gliding, model aircraft, speleology and skiing (at the Col de la Croisette). We looked out at Geneva and found where we live. I would love to camp up there and watch the sunset and sunrise over the city. Shedrub Choekhor Ling Tibetan Buddhism center is located on the Salève. They have a normal building, but it was their yurt that attracted our attention. Their building is only 200m from the Cable car station. This authentic Tibetan Temple was consecrated and opened by the Dali Lama in September 2011. I read an article about a Russian arms dealer has property next door to the Buddhists. The irony. The tower is visible from the city of Geneva.
- “It was echoed from Saleve, the Juras, and the Alps of Savoy…”
- “I thought of pursuing the devil; but it would have been in vain, for another flash discovered him to me hanging among the rocks of the nearly perpendicular ascent of Mont. Saleve, a hill that bounds Plainpalais on the south.”
- “Who could arrest a creature capable of scaling the overhanging sides of Mont Saleve?”
Saleve itself isn’t in the alps, but what is known as the French Prealps. Note the Alps in the background of the above photo. The ride down in the cable car was our first cable car experience since moving to Geneva. At the time, we had white knuckles, now, we’re old pros. Another view of Saleve from the city.