Bielerhöhe Pass, Silvretta
The Bielerhöhe Pass (el. 2071 m) is a high mountain pass in the Austrian Alps between the Bundesländer of Vorarlberg and Tyrol.
It connects Montafon in Vorarlberg and the Paznaun valley in Tyrol. At the top of the pass are several restaurants and hotels.
The pass is closed to normal traffic from November to April. Mini-buses run during the winter to take skiers to the ski resort.
Nearby is the highest peak in Vorarlberg, the Piz Buin (3312 m) and the Silvrettasee, which is frozen solid most years by the end of January and covered with snow.
The Silvretta is a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps shared by Tirol, Vorarlberg (both in Austria) and Graubünden (Switzerland). The Austrian states of Tirol and Vorarlberg are connected by a pass road (Silvretta Hochalpenstraße at 2032 m). The majority of the peaks are elevated above three thousand metres and are surrounded by glaciers. Thus, the area is also known as the "Blue Silvretta".
The Bielerhöhe Adventure begins at the Vermuntbahn in Partenen. From there it continues from Trominier in small buses through tunnels and the lofty mountain landscape of the Silvretta up to the Bielerhöhe at 2032 m. There, visitors are treated to incredible views of the gigantic mountain world including Piz Buin, at 3312 metres the highest mountain in Vorarlberg. Lake Silvretta lies at the heart of this breathtaking panorama. After the end of january it is covered with a thick layer of snow and ice that entices the visitor to go cross-country skiing on superbly prepared courses. In addition, the Bielerhöhe is an ideal starting point for a wonderful number of tours through the Silvretta region, the largest touring area in the province.
The Silvretta is surrounded by the Rätikon, Verwall and Samnaun ranges.
The Piz Buin is not the highest, but the most popular peak of the range. It can relatively easily be ascended from north or south through glaciers and stretches of easily climbing.
The Silvretta is famous for its skiing especially its many backcountry skiing possibilities. In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway was staying in the region for a winter (he lived at Schruns in Montafon, Austria. Later, he wrote a couple of short stories about his skiing experiences in the Silvretta. Some of these short stories are to be found in A moveable feast. (Silvretta & wikipedia)
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jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-02-19 2:55
Houses, cottages or huts are impressive at the foot of the dam in this beautiful landscape, interesting and impressive. Light, the sky, the mountains are beautiful. the quality is excellent.
Have a nice day
lousat (57542) 2012-02-19 2:56
Hi George,a very nice mountain scenary from the srpingtime 2007,i like the rich composition and the perfect light balance for the best white of snow! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
timecapturer (30226) 2012-02-19 2:57
another inspiring image of the Austrian Alps, so beautiful and breathtaking. Years since I traversed this part of Europe but I can still remember it's beauty and drama, and this fine shot does it full justice. Marvelous!
Have a peaceful Sunday - Brian.
ChrisJ (86798) 2012-02-19 3:33
A superb view of the snow capped mountains & the barrage at left adds interest. The snow heightens the effect of the graphism. Good sharpness & excellent framing & composition. Nice repetition of the fg buildings. Have a nice Sunday!
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-02-19 3:40
Hello George ,
A nice view of the snow clad mountains and the wooden cabins at the foot. The barrage on the left is a nice inclusion. The colors are soft and pleasant.From the grass in the foreground to the background, every thing looks beautiful with sharpness. Good light management.
bema (25936) 2012-02-19 5:45
looks like a fine loation, even through all seasons of the year.. must be pleasure to went over the Silvretta-Pass in summer time, when the road is free!
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
jjcordier (62280) 2012-02-19 7:06
Une nouvelle jolie photo de ce bel endroit pas encore totalement débarassé de ses neiges hivernales.
jurek1951 (35765) 2012-02-19 7:48
Nice panorama view of this splendid Austrian Alps. POV and composition are great. Very well done,
mauro61 (52527) 2012-02-19 9:45
panoramica sulla vallata con le case in legno e grandi montagne innevate a chiudere la scena,
Ottima la resa dell'immagine
Ninello52 (7065) 2012-02-19 10:52
It seems almost an Icelandic landscape! Very beautiful those mountains "tainted" by the snow! The light and colors make it very fascinating view! That wall is a concrete dam? If it is scary!
Best Regards, kid.
Schnappilic (7919) 2012-02-19 11:33
Great series from Silvretta. Lovely place. Your picture is impressive. Composition and framing are well designed. Congratulation!
La_Tulipe (2786) 2012-02-19 11:38
Ils ont l'air minuscules ces chalets devant ces montagne impressionnantes . Une très belle image cadrée avec soin qui offre un spectacle tout particulier.
dkmurphys (36727) 2012-02-19 12:36
Picturesque compositioon from that big dam. I like the melting snow in that beautiful day.
Have a good night.
npecanhuk (53861) 2012-02-19 20:22
Very nice and interesting place!
Very attractive and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format, contrasts, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
cargus (6434) 2012-02-19 22:37
A good angle framing, perfect play this mountain grandeur, good choice of contrast and clarity, which gives a good visual effect.!
Graal (88808) 2012-02-19 23:57
Jó napot George,
amazing spring here with the snow on mountains. Good shot. An interesting note about this place. Nice presentation fro Austrian Tirol.
have a nice day.
holmertz (26876) 2012-02-20 8:28
There are beautiful contrasts in this well saturated photo. The partially snow-clad hills look very attractive and the small village is nicely situated. I like the green foreground and the roads passing across it.
Cricri (86327) 2012-02-21 4:57
A une telle hauteur il vaut mieux être bien emmitouflé, je sens le froid jusque chez moi :-) merveilleuse vue des montagnes enneigée avec les habitations dans la vallée, superbe ciel et lumière
siamesa (27449) 2012-02-21 19:55
Boa noite George
Amazing mixture of shadows and the white parts of these hills.
Splendid visual effect. TFS
macjake (39207) 2012-02-27 8:02
mountains, landscape, clouds, fine sharpness and depth and illumination.
the atmosphere is relaxing and soothing.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-19 2:14