Apr 27, 2016 - 3:31 PM
I'm glad to hear you like our website; thank you for expressing that here! Snow chains are mostly used on small mountain roads and on a packed layer of snow only. In many cases, winter tires are more useful if you expect to drive on normal roads with the possibility of snow and ice.
Most pass roads are thoroughfares connecting regions and won't open until driving conditions are reasonably well. The two you intend to drive (Susten Pass and Gotthard Pass) will not be open early May. It's quite cold now in Switzerland, with snowfall as low as 800 m or so. The Susten Pass and Gotthard are estimated to open on June 10 and May 20.
It should not be any problem to drive to Ringoldswil, but you will have to adjust your route to Italy, or take the train if you can. You could drive to Kandersteg, take the car train to Goppenstein, then take the Simplon Pass, which is open, to Italy.
Road conditions can be found on myswissalps.com/ car/trafficinfo.
Last modified on Nov 8, 2021 - 11:05 AM by Arno