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Driving in Winter (roads in northern Italy and western Switzerland)

Driving in Winter (roads in northern Italy and western Switzerland)

Dec 31st, 1997, 11:10 AM
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Driving in Winter (roads in northern Italy and western Switzerland)

We're planning to drive from Milano in Italy to Génève in Switzerland in early February 1998. We may take the route to Lago Maggiore and then to Domodossola crossing the border into Switzerland near Simplon (road #9). Then we may visit Zermmatt. Back on our way to Génève, we are considering turning south in Martigny, on road #21 crossing the
border back into Italy. After getting to Aosta we would take the road to Courmayer. After crossing the Mont Blanc tunnel we would finally head to Génève.
Our questions are:
1) All these roads are normally open in this period of winter?
2) Would it be a good idea to carry snow chains just in case or roads are so well managed that winter tires are enough? (No, we are NOT asking anybody to provide us with accurate forecasts of future weather in that region! We are talking about regular wintertime conditions).
Another helpful tip would be how/where to get info on road conditions (these specific roads) right before getting there (we will be coming from southern Italy thru Ravenna and Venezia before getting to Milano).
Thanks a lot. Bruno.
Dec 31st, 1997, 01:37 PM
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I have no information on driving conditions in winter, but when you get to Domodossola take the train to Locarno. It's a funky little train but the trip passes through some of the most lovely scenery. It's an easy day trip .

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