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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  • the 5km walk is way worth it. you are offered the most scenic view you could imagine. if you can, take your crosscountry skis!  more »
  • This is a fantastic experience on the Morteratsch glacier from Diavolezza down to Morteratsch train station. 10 km slope over the glacier with very scenic views. It's not about skiing or snowboarding,...  more »
  • Shameful place, heated as well as the bratwurst roesti, everything arrived cold. Waiter rude, no Italian and no English ... Dear. To avoid SIN!
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  • Amazing view, it was great to feel myself so small... Only a 1 hour walk from the nearest car park.
  • Great walk great view.
  • One of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, and dying fast. See it while you can.
  • Nice views. Be ware of the falling rocks.
  • A beautiful hiking trail from Morteratsch up to the glacier or even further. Very impressive how far the glacier has shrunk since 1860. Brutal even the last 8 years!
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