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 hike to the Morteratsch glacier is an impressive experience in summer/autumn as well as in winter. In the snow-free months, a bike ride is also recommended. Very interesting, but also sad, are... 
    The hike to the Morteratsch glacier is an impressive experience in summer/autumn as well as in winter. In the snow-free months, a bike ride is also recommended. Very interesting, but also sad, are...  more »
  • We actually did not walk all the way to see the glacier, which was incredible even from a distance, but we visited the Alpine Dairy which was interesting, educational and delicious. A beautiful train....  more
    We actually did not walk all the way to see the glacier, which was incredible even from a distance, but we visited the Alpine Dairy which was interesting, educational and delicious. A beautiful train....  more »
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  • Breathtaking views on Bernina Express — something not to miss.
  • Nice ice caves. Well worth a visit as long as they are still accessible. They are within easy reach of the winter hiking path and not too difficult to find if you follow the foot steps up the glacier. Guided tours would be available as well.

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