Flüelapass

 

 

 

February 15th 2013

 

 

 

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Flüelapass

period opened

altitude

from - to

distance

GPS - coordinates

May - October

2.383m

Davos Dorf - Susch

28km

N 46°45´01”    E 009°56´52”

7.819ft

17.4mls

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Panorama Flüelapass 2010

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The Flüelapass can be reached the easy way from the north through Davos, more exactly through Davos Dorf (Dorf = village) and from the south up from the Engadine via the villages Zernez and Susch (1.426m). The pass crosses the Rhaetian Alps and is one of the most important transportation links between Davos located in the Landwasser valley and the Lower Engadine. This is one main reason why the officials try to keep the pass road open the whole year which, apart from the transitional periods in the spring because of the avalanche danger, is mainly successfull. In the transitional period however, the pass is not open year-round anymore since the opening of the 19km long Vereina tunnel transfer with the Rhaetian Railway in 1999. Due to the high avalanche danger the pass is open only late in the evening and during nights when the sun is no longer shining into the hillsides. Then the gate opens up for the traffic again.

Already in the sunny month of May, when left and right of the road the snow walls still pile up, the motorbike touring rider can reach the sunny Engadine already on dry roads, where he can continue then his trip either towards north into direction of the Reschenpass, or south towards St. Moritz or the province Ticino. Alternatively, the Vereina Alp train transit can be chosen. It is therefore always guaranteed to get from north to south when choosing the Fluela pass section.

Fluelapass summitThe north side of the pass dismisses the travelers from Davos Dorf in a small coniferous forest, in which the pass road gains its first altitude with gentle curves. Higher up, the roads leads through the Flüela valley with some trees and the first view up to the pass summit and the Flüela Weissenhorn mountain with its 3.085m. We pass the small village Tschuggen and soon reach the first serpentine combination that leads us past the house Weger now finally up into a very barren area.

From here on, the road climbs with beautiful curves and serpentine combinations up to the pass. But you need to watch out since many of this nice curves on that wide road narrow down at their end, which leads into lots of corrections of speed when you don’t know this. The pass itself is located on a plateau in a valley cutting. A hospice, a souvenir shop and a small lake invite you to rest. Up here all year round, the place is busy with lots of activity and the street between the buildings should be used with low speed due to the many cyclists and campers. We recommend not to stop directly at the hospice but continue for approx. 100m. Here you will find on the right hand side a little parking bay that offers the possibility of a magnificent view over the lake and the hospice. This place was also the location for the above camera panorama image. Grazing sheep and goats will also will invite you for more photo shooting.

On the southern side the road is not built so well, since most of the tourists just drive up from Davos to the Flüela summit and then return back the same way. Frost cracks and potholes are common, and one or the other construction site accompanies the tour rider down to the village Susch. The road downhill does not present any surprises and can be mastered relatively quickly. In the lower third, the road leads without nearly no exception through coniferous forest and then ends on the B27, which continues from the left coming from the Lower Engadina to the right towards the villages Zernez and Sankt Moritz. If you take a left you will reach the Reschenpass, take a right you will reach the Ofenpass Zernez, or further on the Albulapass, Berninapass, Julierpass or Malojapass down to the Ticino, where you gain access to the Spluegenpass for a the great round trip.

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