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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  • Know the glacier trail to the Morteratsch Glacier since 1971. The glacier provides new, very impressive impressions every year, the cave is different every year. Until 2 years ago, you could go down on a long downhill skis from Diavolezza to Morteratsch restaurant. A few years ago, there was even a glacier bar on the descent. Today can attain Morteratsch from the glacier of the restaurant with the cross-country ski, must be the way but (that was 2 years ago not) share the route with the pedestrians. The tour is very worth - based on the informative signs it is clear that the glacier will melt faster and faster (and thus the downhill).
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  • Broad and easy path in each season (winter is marked and well '' beat ''). Wide Valley surrounded by high mountains and majestic glaciers (the north side of the Bernina group). Along the trail signs indicate the gradual retreat of the glacier. Fascinating excursion and panorama '' grandiose ''.
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  • Great skiing from the Diavolezza coming off the glacier. You climb with skins or with works up to Diavolezza and then go down from the glacier in a fairytale landscape.
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