Mittelbergferner and Brunnenkogelferner
Mittelbergferner is one of the biggest glaciers in Tyrol (surface area 9 km2, length 6 km). It is located at the southern end of Pitztal in the Ötztaler Alpen. It is intensively used for tourism and can be reached by the underground Pitztaler Gletscherbahn. There are a number of ski lifts on the glacier surface and a gondola lift to the top of Hinterer Brunnenkogel (highest gondola lift in Austria). Part of the touristic infrastructure is located on the adjacent Brunnenkogelferner.
Northwestern firn basin of Mittelbergferner in the foreground; Karlesferner is on the far left (photo taken from Hinterer Brunnenkogel; JA).
At the upper end of the gondola lift to Hinterer Brunnenkogel (3438m.a.s.l.) there is an excellent view over Mittelberg-, Brunnenkogel- and Taschachferner (JA).
Ski lift in the western part of the accumulation area of Mittelbergferner; Taschachferner and Wildspitze (3768m, highest mountain in TyrolTyrol) in the back (JA).
Firn stratigraphy in the accumulation area of Mittelbergferner. This is a zoom on the lower left part of the previous photo (JA).
Aerial photo of Brunnenkogelferner and the western firn basin of Mittelbergferner (far left; AB).
Aerial photo of the southeastern firn basin of Mittelbergferner; Wildspitze in the background (AB).
Two parts of Mittelbergferner (left and centre), Brunnenkogelferner (lower right) and touristic infrastructure (bottom).
Upper station of Pitztaler Gletscherbahn (bottom), several ski lifts and water reservoir for snowmaking (AB).
Tongues of Karlesferner (upper left) and Mittelbergferner (AB).
Most of Mittelbergferner has very little moraine cover (JA).
Snow-covered meltwater channel with many meanders (JA).
Snow reserve covered by reflective blanket (JA).
Water retention basin necessary for snowmaking (JA).
Upper end of Pitztaler Gletscherbahn and water retention basin (JA).
Tourist infrastructure at the Pitztaler Gletscherbahn (JA).
Leucanthemopsis alpina in the forefield of Mittelbergferner (JA).
|Aerial photos 9th September 2008, Jakob Abermann, University of Innsbruck (AB); terrestrial photos 29th Juli 2009, Jürg Alean (JA).|