Every year when we leave at the end of April and there are still 3 to 4 metres of snow covering the entire area we ask ourselves “will this really melt by July”.
And then when we come up for our maintenance week at the end of June it is almost all gone.
The first weeks of July bring the early season flowers and the south facing meadows come to life. The hikers have easy access to the peaks and the whole alpine world is vibrating with the energy that only nature can produce. The roaring waterfalls, the glacier lilies and anemones bursting through the last few centimetres of snow, the lakes reappearing from under the ice, the marmots whistling and the goats using the trees as scratching posts to lose their thick winter coats. This is a magical time to be in the alpine. That burst of spring after 8 months of winter.
In an average year (snowpack and weather) all the snow below 7500 ft is melted by late July. For the next 3 to 4 weeks the meadows are in full bloom. This is the “summer season” in the alpine. The goats are enjoying the summer days, marmots are lounging on the sun-warmed rocks, and the lakes are warm enough for swimming.
At the Durrand Glacier area we have over 80 km of marked and/or maintained trails. All the trails are for the exclusive use of the hiking guests staying at the Durrand Glacier Chalet. There are two guided hikes daily, one longer and more challenging and one shorter more moderate hike. Guests are also welcome to hike on their own, or not hike at all. You don’t need to go beyond the sundeck to enjoy the pure alpine world. All the magic of the alpine is accessible with the trail network: glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, meadows, ridges, moraines, mountain summits and sun-warmed bedrock bluffs.
By late August the nights are cooler and the days become a bit shorter. The fall season begins and with it comes the crisp air, the golden hues in the meadows, the quieter waterfalls and the huckleberry season. The entire alpine has a sense of “hush”. The goats are feeding in preparation for the winter, the marmots and picas are harvesting their supplies for the winter and the hikers are enjoying the long hikes that take them into the neighbouring valleys, along ridges and to mountain summits.
Our hiking season ends in the middle of September. It is always a sad day when we pack up our household and move back into the valley bottom, leaving behind the alpine world, which has nourished our souls for the past 2 ½ months.
We would love to share our alpine paradise with you.
The Beglinger family at the Durrand Glacier