Mountain passes – winter closures and road conditions

Many mountain passes in Europe have winter closures in the period between October and May – sometimes even until early June. These passes are then completely closed to all traffic. But there are also passes that are open all year round and can be passed with, for example, snow plows and studded tires or snow chains.

Especially in Norway, studded tires are common between the last weekend in October and the Easter weekend. However, the passes that are open all year round also have periodic closures, for example due to heavy snowfall. For all mountain passes it is necessary to have snow chains in the car and you must know how to use them.

Updated: September 16 2022 15:15 CET

Winter is coming! The first snow of the season is going to fall this weekend. With snow limits tanking towards 1500m, the driving conditions will deteriorate.
Note that the Grimselpass, Nufenenpass and Furkapass will all close from September 16 – 20:00 and will remain closed until further notice.

You can find the list of current openings and closures here:

Mountain pass nameAltitude (meters asl)CountryConditions
Albulapass2312SwitzerlandOpen
Berninapass2328SwitzerlandOpen
Col de la Croix1778SwitzerlandOpen
Col des Montets1461SwitzerlandOpen
Flüelapass2383SwitzerlandOpen
Col de la Forclaz1527SwitzerlandOpen
Furkapass2436SwitzerlandOpen -> Closure per Sept 16 - 20:00h due to weather conditions
Glaubenbergpass1543SwitzerlandOpen
Glaubenbielenpass1611SwitzerlandOpen
Gotthardpass2108SwitzerlandOpen
Grimselpass2165SwitzerlandOpen -> Closure per Sept 16 - 20:00h due to weather conditions
Grosser Sankt Bernhardpas (Grand Saint Bernard)2473SwitzerlandOpen
Ibergegg1406SwitzerlandOpen
Julierpass2284SwitzerlandOpen
Klausenpass1940SwitzerlandOpen
Livignopass2330SwitzerlandOpen
Lukmanierpass1941SwitzerlandOpen
Malojapass1815SwitzerlandOpen
Nufenenpass2478SwitzerlandOpen -> Closure per Sept 16 - 20:00h due to weather conditions
Oberalppass2045SwitzerlandOpen
Ofenpass2149SwitzerlandOpen
Pragelpass1550SwitzerlandOpen
San Bernardinopass2066SwitzerlandOpen
Simplonpass2005SwitzerlandOpen
Splügenpass2118SwitzerlandOpen
Sustenpass2224SwitzerlandOpen -> Closure per Sept 16 - 20:00h due to weather conditions
Umbrailpass2503SwitzerlandOpen
Col d'Agnel2746FranceOpen
Col d'Aravis1498FranceOpen
Bataille1336FranceOpen
Cayolle2356FranceOpen
Champs2095FranceOpen
Col d'Allos2250FranceOpen
Col de la Bonette2802FranceOpen
Col de l'Iseran2770FranceOpen
Col du Galibier2645FranceOpen
Colombiere1613FranceOpen
Cormet de Roselend1968FranceOpen
Croix-de-Fer2068FranceOpen
Echelle1766 FranceOpen
Glandon1924FranceOpen
Izoard2360FranceOpen
Joux-plane1713FranceOpen
Joux-Verte1760FranceOpen
Petit Saint Bernard2188FranceOpen
Larche1991FranceOpen
Lautaret2058FranceOpen
Lombarde2350FranceOpen
Madeleine1993FranceOpen
Mont-Cenis2081FranceOpen
Col des Montets1461FranceOpen
Restefond2678France Open
Saisies1633FranceOpen
Télégraphe1570FranceOpen
Tende1871FranceClosed
Turini1607FranceOpen
Vars2109FranceOpen
Campolongo1875ItalyOpen
Falzaregopass2105ItalyOpen
Grödnerjoch2121ItalyOpen - trailers not allowed
Gampenpass / Gampenjoch1518ItalyOpen
Jaufenpass2094ItalyOpen. No trailers >4,5m allowed
Kreuzbergpass1636ItalyOpen
Karerpass1745ItalyOpen
Lavazéjoch1805ItalyOpen
Mendelpass1362ItalyOpen
Nigerpass1688ItalyOpen
Penserjoch2211ItalyOpen
Pordoijoch2239ItalyOpen
Stilfserjoch / Stelvio pass2757ItalyOpen
Staller Sattel2052ItalyOpen
Sellajoch2240ItalyOpen - trailers not allowed
Timmelsjoch2474ItalyOpen
Valparolapass2192ItalyOpen
Würzjoch1987ItalyOpen
Arlbergpass1793AustriaOpen
Brennerpass1374AustriaOpen
Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse2506AustriaOpen
Hahntennjoch1894AustriaOpen
Kaunertaler Gletscherstrasse2052AustriaOpen
Kuhtai2020AustriaOpen
Maltatal Hochalmstrasse1931AustriaOpen
Nockalmstrasse2040AustriaOpen
Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse2036AustriaOpen

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