It is the catch, in the Oisans Moutain, at home, the cable of glaciers Meije leads you to the glacier Girose ...
Called "memory time" by paleo-climatologists glaciers reveal our climate history. In fact the more you go deep into the glacier, more ice is old, the more it reveals secrets. So the idea of a museum dug into the ice takes shape.
Confident that this innovative concept carries although considered crazy by many, they are able to convince a local bank to lend funds (€ 45 K) to the development of the first cave in La Grave (Hautes-Alpes). They then founded the "Société des Grottes de la Meije."
The first cave
Based on the comparison between the climate and the beauty inside a glaciar, the first cave was inaugurated in 1993 and situated at over 3200m, after a year spent getting the authorities approval.
Success was immediate : 30000 visitors over the summer of 1993 ! Confidence reigned, visitors were more than enthusiastic, and conscious that the caves were a positive benefit for the tourist industry, our 2 guides were keen to build elsewhere. They then found a team of professionnal sculptors who were capable of making wonderful ice carvings.
A second ice cave was made at The 2 Alpes dug into the mountain at over 3400m ( 1993 the theme was local tradecrafts which were disappearing). Then a cave at Alpe d’Huez ( 1997 was abstract art), and another at Les Arcs (1999 was about Eskimos), another one in La Plagne and the last one in Valloire.