A mountain pass is a route through a mountain range or over a ridge. If following the lowest possible route, a pass is locally the highest point on that route. Since many of the world’s mountain ranges have presented formidable barriers to travel, passes have been important since before recorded history, and have played a key role in trade, war, and migration. Many Mountain Passes across Europe are closed in winter due to the amount of Snowfall. Skiing in these areas are very popular if you can gain access. Some mountain roads are kept clear using huge machinery which pours the snow to the side of the road allowing traffic to gain entry to the ski resorts, where they will find the perfect conditions for skiing or snowboarding. Due to the climate, the correct Ski-wear must be worn and for safety reasons as well. Many resorts offer lessons if you wish to learn to ski or learn to snowboard.
The Stelvio Pass with its 48 hairpin bends, at 2757m or 9045ft, is located in Italy in the Ortler Alps and is the highest road mountain pass in the eastern Alps. Above the pass is the “Dreisprachenspitz” or “Three language peak”, its named as this is where the German, Italian and Romansh languages meet. Valtellina is connected to Meran and the upper Adige valley using the pass. Their is also a large skiing area adjacent to the pass. Stelvio Pass is 47m from Bolzano and 200 mile from the Swiss Border.
Location – Italy, Eastern Alps
Height – 2757m
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