The climb to the Ofenpass (Pass dal Fuorn in Rhaeto-Romance)
from Santa Maria takes place in the Münstertal (Val Müstair).
In this valley 60-80% of the population speaks
the fourth language of Switzerland.
After a quiet start of one and a half kilometers
there is a steep (9%) ramp in the village of Valchava.
Over the next three kilometers it goes uphill
but the road is gradually getting less steep.
Then four easy kilometers follow.
However, on passing the village of Tschierv climbing becomes a serious matter
and that does not change in the remaining five kilometers
to the pass.
The slope is with large (Swiss?) constancy 9-10%,
except for a less steep passage about a kilometer before the finish.
Unfortunately, the traffic is quite strong.
The broad valley is beautiful but not overwhelming.
The ascent can be extended with the stretch from Glurns (Glorienza)
in Italy to Santa Maria.
This brings another 14.4 kilometers, 474 meters of altitude and
climb effort points.