Diavolezza. A place of Eternal Ice and She-Devil legends.

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Switzerland – At about 3 000 metres about sea level the Diavolezza or ‘Beautiful She Devil’ is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the area. With its eight peaks, ice-capped ridges and perfect mountain scenery set to cast a spell over all who visit.

We took a bright yellow gondola to the top where the impressive views drew our attention to the Pers and Morteratsch Glaciers, as well as Piz Bernina which peaks at 4,049m, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps! It’s impressive beyond words.

Given the season many hikers were choosing to take the steep paths up to the mountain instead, oblivious to our chosen mode of transport gliding high above them.

There is a legend associated with Munt Pers which gave Diavolezza its name – Beautiful She-Devil, which can be read here. From my perspective this was one of the most impressive glacial sites I’ve encountered and if it comes with the risk of a mesmerising She-Devil, I am all for the risk …

The top station has a good restaurant, outdoor deck which captures the best view and the highest jacuzzi in Europe with Berghaus Diavolezza offering a selection of rooms should you wish to overnight. Now wouldn’t that be a treat!

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In awe of the beauty of this place …

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Highlighting the various hikes and ski run options from the top into the mountain. With Munt Pers the main one.

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The restaurants and gift store, where a hot chocolate in the warmth of the sun is a must have.

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The lakes between the mountains are a mineral teal colour, mesmerising and tranquil, with hardly any movement at all.

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Many hikers were opting to walk up with their hiking poles, something that is only possible in the Summer months.Come winter, this is ski run.

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The gondolas not only transport people up and down the mountain, they also manage a system of filling the bottom with fresh water to be transported to the top on each trip. It balances the cable car whilst fulfilling an important service. Genius!

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A bit of a photobomb in this pic of me in the gondola taken on my GoPro.

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