Municipality: Pontresina

If you don't like the bustle on Piz Palü, Isla Persa is an easy and beautiful glacier tour, with lots of downhill meters over the Fortezza and Morteratsch glaciers. Ideal as a half day tour from the ski area Diavolezza.

Splitboard Skitour - Isla Persa
Difficulty SAC: WS
Summit altitude: 3.121m
Start altitude: 2.750m
Vertical height: 370m
Walking time h:min: 1:30
Exposition: North,East,Northwest,
Best season: Late winter
How to get there:

Via Pontresina or the Bernina Pass to the Diavolezza cable car. A journey by train is also very relaxed, the Rhaetian Railway stops directly in front of the gondola.

Route description
Starting point:

Take the Diavolezza gondola to the top, or alternatively climb the piste to Diavolezza (2972). The ascent on the piste extends the tour by another 900 vertical meters. Go directly south to the starting point of the Piz Palü tour, which means descending to the Pers glacier. Stay as far as possible skiers left.


After reaching the glacier, cross the Pers glacier in a slight southwest curve. At the edge of the glacier a wide ramp goes up along the rock face until after a few hundred meters you turn right into the slope leading to the saddle.


From the saddle (P. 3121) we descend over the small Fortezza glacier. At the end of the glacier, keep a little to the left and descend over the rock slabs until you reach the increasingly steep lateral moraine of the Morteratsch glacier. Over the lateral moraine, which is up to 45° steep, you reach the marked descent of the glacier. At the end of April the markings are removed, in this case you stay on the very far right on the glacier, but also not too far on the edge in order not to risk falling into a crevasse on the edge. After the glacier tongue you follow the cross-country skiing track to Morteratsch. Markings provide information about the glacier's retreat over the last 160 years. In 1857 the glacier reached the railroad station Morteratsch.


Swisstopo Map 469SKI Val Poschiavo 1:50'000

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