But we know a giant glacier that begs to differ.
At the Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers, a historic mountaineers-lodge turned 20-room Alpine-chic hotel, now open on the eastern border of France. See the slideshow.
You'll arrive by train before being guided to the wood-paneled Altitude Suite. It's decorated with all the comforts of home. If your home happens to be filled with miners lamps, wooden chimney bookcases, claw foot bathtubs and leather travel trunks used as bedside tables. If not, you'll get used to them.
Behind the hotel's granite façade, you'll find two restaurants. The first is called Montenvers Restaurant, where you'll experience "mountain cuisine." Which means snail cassoulet, morel toast and steak tartare in these parts. The second is all scenic al fresco veranda designed for sipping Eaux de Vie while you stare at the Mont Blanc summit.
But if you choose to tear yourself away from such leisures, there are endless opportunities for summer hiking and skiing in the winter. Plus there's an ice cave just a gondola-ride away waiting to be traversed.
And it's not about to traverse itself.