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 Morteratsch Glacier is accessible via a hiking trail very icy in winter. The slope is not large, but the ice makes the roads often impassable. Good Footwear and solid state are important to get over the yard-long slabs of ice. At the end, you come to the glacier tongue gigantic old blue ice. For several years we go always back there and every time the glacier has pulled back further. Small Cairn, repeatedly placed by hikers, bear witness to the decline. You can further climb the glacier tongue. It is only recommended with the right shoes and some time before the sun goes down.
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  • There is to discover a unique landscape. The glacier is heavily on the retreat! There are several plaques describing the history of the ice colossus on the edge of the glacier. Scary is how fast the glacier has withdrawn in recent years.
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  • Very beautiful and spectacular hiking trail with a breathtaking view on the glacier! Really to recommend! Footwear definitely necessary and perhaps also provisions to take!
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