PDA

View Full Version : Dolomites OK in mid-May??



GSmonkey
01-01-08, 21:42
Planning on going to Italy on the bike in mid-May. Has anybody ridden the Dolomites in May? Are the high passes open??

AndyT
01-01-08, 22:35
Planning on going to Italy on the bike in mid-May. Has anybody ridden the Dolomites in May? Are the high passes open??

Generally they will be open but you may find the odd one that is still closed however signs at the bottom will tell you that (unless like me you didn't believe them:o).

AndyT:cool:

V2 TRV
01-01-08, 23:00
should be fine - def a darn site more fun than the UK in May :)

GSmonkey
02-01-08, 07:40
I went onto the alipineroads website which seemed to imply that they were open all year i.e. it had no info in the road closure column. I'm assuming the Dolomites are a tad warmer than the Swiss passes so its reasonable that they are open earlier???

Cheers :thumb2

teejay
02-01-08, 08:24
As previous have done the Dolomites in May and OK, Timmelsjoch from Austria into Italy was open, roads clear but plenty of snow about but does it make good pics!!


Teejay

ricardo
02-01-08, 10:04
You will find that early in the year that a lot of hotels/restaurants etc are shut after the ski-season and before the summer season begins. All the tourist nonsense like cable cars will be shut too. Will just be you and a few german bikers.

Outtomunch
02-01-08, 10:17
It's a great time to go IMHO - as has been said, plenty of snow around to make it look pretty but roads are open and quiet.

We always managed to find accomadation but it can be tricky with a lot of hotels shut.

Some piccies from May 06:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/Andressotoscastello/DSCF0907.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/Andressotoscastello/DSCF0905.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/Andressotoscastello/DSCF0891.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/Andressotoscastello/DSCF0884.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/Andressotoscastello/DSCF0887.jpg

Andres

GSmonkey
02-01-08, 10:53
Looks good :thumb2

Any recommendations re. passes that are a must and those to avoid?? (Garmin routes would be good :))

Campsite recommendations also gratefully received.

Cheers

John Armstrong
02-01-08, 11:14
I went onto the alipineroads website which seemed to imply that they were open all year i.e. it had no info in the road closure column. I'm assuming the Dolomites are a tad warmer than the Swiss passes so its reasonable that they are open earlier???


Looks like no wheeled traffic today: http://www.alpineroads.com/passstatus.php on their webcam views :cool:

teejay
02-01-08, 11:17
Depending which way you are coming in to Italy
1. Timmelsjoch
2. Jaufen
3. Stiffelsjoch(Stelvio)
4. Any route across towards Cortina
5. Any route from Bolzano area uptowards Jaufen Pass
6. Pick a road and explore it

Have got our routes from 2007 in from Switzerland in and out over Timmelsjoch on Garmin V8 if you have E-Mail will send as an attachment.


Teejay

AndyT
02-01-08, 11:41
Depending which way you are coming in to Italy
1. Timmelsjoch
2. Jaufen
3. Stiffelsjoch(Stelvio)
4. Any route across towards Cortina
5. Any route from Bolzano area uptowards Jaufen Pass
6. Pick a road and explore it

Have got our routes from 2007 in from Switzerland in and out over Timmelsjoch on Garmin V8 if you have E-Mail will send as an attachment.


Teejay

I would check if the Timmelsjoch is open as when I went in May it was still closed. I never mentioned that one as its not in the Dolomites. If it is open however I heartily recomend it, fantastic run down into Italy and the best value for money Hotels in the world at the bottom in St Leonards:thumb2