Plateau Rosa

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Plateau Rosa
Plateau Rosà 002.JPG
The glacier seen from Klein Matterhorn
Type Alpine
Location Valais, Switzerland

The Plateau Rosa is a glacier situated in the Pennine Alps in the Valais canton of Switzerland, just across the border with the Aosta Valley, Italy. Its name derives from the French word plateau and the Valdôtain patois term Rosà, meaning frozen.

The glacier includes peaks such as the Klein Matterhorn (3,883 m) and Testa Grigia (3,480 m). Plateau Rosa is renowned for its sporting facilities. During the winter, it is serves as the link between the skiing areas of Zermatt (Switzerland) and Breuil-Cervinia-Valtournenche (Italy). It is also possible to practice summer skiing on the glacier due to its high altitude.[1]


  1. ^ "Summer Skiing on the Glaciers". Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

Coordinates: 45°57′54″N 7°42′00″E / 45.96500°N 7.70000°E / 45.96500; 7.70000