Morteratsch Glacier, Pontresina

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The Morteratsch Glacier is the largest glacier by area in the Bernina Range of the Bündner Alps in Switzerland.It is, just after the Pasterze Glacier and Gepatschferner, the third largest and by volume the most massive glacier in the eastern alps. The Morteratsch Glacier is a typical valley glacier with a pronounced ice front. The accumulation zone lies between the peaks of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina, Crast' Agüzza, Piz Argient, Piz Zupò and Bellavista. From Piz Argient to the ice front in the Val Morteratsch, its horizontal extent is about ~7km, with an altitude difference of up to 2000m. Together with the Pers Glacier, originating at Piz Palü, which joins the Morteratsch just below the rock formation Isla Persa, it covers an area of about 16km2. The volume of the ice is estimated to be about 1.2 km3. The Morteratsch Glacier drains through Inn River and Danube into the Black Sea.In spring, depending on the snow conditions, a 10-km-long ski-run accessible to skilled skiers is marked on the glacier. It leads from the Diavolezza aerial tramway terminus to the Morteratsch inn and has an altitude difference of 1100m. The RhB Station Morteratsch used to be situated directly at the ice front of the glacier. The ice front has receded over 1800m in the meantime, and cannot be seen from the station today.
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  • August 15, 2017
    a magnificent job in both winter and summer; impossible to describe it, you have to see it in person! to get from Italy or take the Bernina Express from Tirano, or do the Bernina Pass Road, go past the step and lakes, a few km after the Diavolezza on the left lane well on these drawings for the few parking spaces available. From the parking lot, then towards the typical bar station, and from the start the walk along the river leads to the glacier tongue. Walk easy with little slope, to do either on foot or by mountain bike just don't say anything else, seeing is believing!
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  • August 14, 2017
    A path train station large gravel driveway, almost suitable for even in strollers. Are approximately 10 km round trip. The show deserves glacier. Along the route signs as the glacier has retreated over time. For those who want there is also some information on the evolution of the glaciers.
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  • August 10, 2017
    For many years I make regular excursions in this magnificent region... Always also beautiful this glacier even if we notice over the years that his decline becomes dramatic - a Board, climb the Boval Hut to enjoy a view exceptional and much less crowded than on the motorway path that leads directly to the glacier ;-)
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