Oberalp Pass

Oberalp Pass (Romansh: Alpsu or Cuolm d'Ursera, German: Oberalppass) (el. 2044 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps connecting the cantons of Graubünden and Uri between Disentis and Andermatt.[1]

Oberalp Pass
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Elevation2,044 m (6,706 ft)[1]
Traversed byRoad, rail
LocationGraubünden/Uri, Switzerland
RangeAlps
Coordinates46°39.54′N 08°40.26′E / 46.65900°N 8.67100°E / 46.65900; 8.67100Coordinates: 46°39.54′N 08°40.26′E / 46.65900°N 8.67100°E / 46.65900; 8.67100
Oberalp Pass is located in Switzerland
Oberalp Pass
Oberalp Pass
Location in Switzerland

Winter closureEdit

The public road that crosses the pass is closed in winter, but the Furka-Oberalp railway line, now part of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, runs year round and provides a limited shuttle for cars in winter (reservation required). When the road closes depends on snowfall and varies between the end of October and the beginning of December. The road opens again in spring, usually by the end of April but sometimes not until mid May.[2]

In winter, a ski area extends to the Graubünden side, connecting the pass well into the Tujetsch territory to Dieni, near Rueras.[3]

Source of the Rhine riverEdit

The Rhine springs from a source nearby (Tomasee), which can be accessed by hiking two hours from Oberalp Pass. A multiday trekking route is signposted across Oberalp pass and along the young Rhine called Senda Sursilvana.[4]

Oberalpsee is located 20 m below, in the direction of Andermatt.[1]

Railway stationEdit

A railway station is located next to the Oberalppass road. It is at the base of the Oberalp ski area. The station is owned and run by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. It has 3 platforms, one of which is a bay platform from Andermatt, and is often closed during the winter. The railway on both sides of the station is a single line, so Oberalppass is an important passing place.[citation needed] The station is the highest point on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn network.[citation needed]

Ski AreaEdit

The Oberalp Pass passes the Oberalp ski area, which is part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena.

There are currently plans for the ski area to be linked up with Nätschen, the neighbouring mountain, which is also part of the Gotthard Oberalp Arena.[citation needed]

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