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The Ice Palace Underground

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High on a mountaintop yet far underground lies an frosty, wintry, rub-your-eyes-with-childlike-wonder honest to god real life ice palace. The entrance lies only metres from the top of a ski lift but the short journey is steep, the footholds treacherous. Some kind philanthropic souls (I think they’re scientists) have threaded ropes and metal studs along the inside on the ice. And to be fair, if you were wearing hiking boots rather than ski boots, it would probably be more of a walk in the park.

But it isn’t a walk in the park, it’s a journey underground, past hidden giants that scare the children and ladders into underground lakes where fearless (and, presumably, hot-blooded) scientists dive without maps to try to discover just where the water ends.

Handprints are just visible in the contours of the ice.

Beauty is visible everywhere.

Info: find the ice palace yourself by heading to the Gletscherbus 3 lifts and walking in a purposeful direction. I’d recommend visiting on a separate trip to your ski session. It takes a few hours to see it properly and your knees won’t thank you for walking in ski boots for that long.

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Disclosure: I travelled to Tirol as a guest of the Tirol and Tux tourist boards. All love of ice palaces are my own. 

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5 Responses to The Ice Palace Underground

  1. Andy Tope June 15, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Lovely photos Abi. I’m glad you found your footing in your ski boots.

    • Abi King June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      Me too, more or less! It’s an excellent way to tone up your calf muscles though!

  2. Mark June 19, 2013 at 4:46 am #

    Wonderful shots you got out there! :D Where’s the Ice Queen though? :D

    • Abi King June 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      That would be me…Shivering beneath my ski jacket ;-)

  3. Bryant June 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!!

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