October for riding alpine passes- too late?

by Chuck   August 7, 2013  

So I'm thinking of a little holiday having a go at a few of the Alps classics, maybe basing myself in Bourg-d'Oisans or somewhere. But it looks like my window will be mid-October and I'm wondering whether that's going to be a problem?
I appreciate that there can be huge yearly variation for when the snow starts but apart from shorter days and chilly descents is there anything I should know?

Also, recommendations welcome for routes/bases/accommodation etc. Bourg-d'Oisans, Alpe d'Huez etc. are the honeypots but I'm as interested in good rides in nice places as ticking the big names.

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Mid-October should be okay but don't blame me if you're stuck in a snow drift, after all, it can snow in the middle of Summer at 2000+ m. The first snow in Switzerland last year was at the end of October and it snowed properly! Check out this out....http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=12888724

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posted by andy_schweiz [12 posts]
7th August 2013 - 21:20

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