Post by Lauren
There are 24 major glaciers in Switzerland. We had seen the one on Mont Blanc in France before and it is truly magnificent to see, especially in the summer when everything else has melted.
However, we had a closer experience during our time in Saas-Fee. As you can see from the photo below, the glacier is visible from the town.
What is neat about Saas Fee is that you can actually take a cable car up to ski or hike on top of the glacier. Gabe and S & S skied on the glacial snow.
While they rocked out their glacier skiing, I decided to explore the Ice Grotto and revolving restaurant found at Mittelallin, 3,500 meters or 11,480 feet high, directly above Saas-Fee. Both are considered the world’s highest of their kind.
I’d like to point out that when its snowing, it doesn’t really matter if you are two miles high on the worlds highest revolving restaurant.
Luckily, the sun peaked out or a second and I was able to see a glimpse of the mountains:
Also at the top of Mittelallin is the Ice Pavilion — a glacier that you can walk into. It was my first time stepping inside a glacier. At -12 C outside air temperature, it was super frigid inside.
It was Sunday and quite a coincidence they had an ice chapel at 11000 feet.
It was a nice relaxing way to spend a Sunday, sans skiing in Saas Fee. Say that 5 times fast.
For more scientific information on glaciers and why they are blue, consult Schwingen in Switzerland. http://schwingeninswitzerland.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/3058/