Rockies versus Alps. No, I’m not referring to the baseball team, but to two of the world’s most famous and beautiful mountain ranges. A brief excursion to the Engadine valley in southeast Switzerland got me wondering: which range is more spectacular?
This week saw me in Sils Maria, a small village close to the well-known and tourist hotspot St. Moritz but infinitely more peaceful and rejuvenating. It’s clear why Friedrich Neitzsche spent time here. For those looking for activity, Sils is also well-situated for skiing adventures and summertime hikes.
Okay, travel tip over. Let’s get back to our comparison. The ranges are very different. While the Alps - well the Swiss Alps - are not as high as the Rockies, incredibly narrow valleys mean that the individual peaks rise more majestically than a given peak in the Rockies. Then there’s the Dolomites, a range of the Alps found in northeast Italy. The peaks here are, simply put, unique. You won’t see another mountain like these. The massifs here are a composition of jagged teeth, creating a most dramatic, breath-stealing landscape.
For readers who find themselves protesting, wait. While I love the Alps, nothing beats the Rockies. As a range, their width, breadth and height, aren’t to be beat. And that’s not even starting with the issue of powder. Hey, there’s a reason why Europeans ski in Vail and Aspen.
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