We are planning a motor-home trip to Switzerland where the plan is basically to do sightseeing and staying away from crowd cities.

I would like to ask if it's safe/doable in general to drive motorhomes (more than 7 meters long) in the mountains during winter? Assuming the driver hasn't any experience in driving on the snow/motorhomes, but has already driven on the mountains before.

I know the question seems very naive, but I think it is also extensible to the quality of the roads in Switzerland during winter for this kind of driving. Since I don't know many people who drive motor homes, I am worrying that a plan like this is completely crazy and should not be pursued, so I would apprecite input from others, whether this is reasonable or not.

  • You don't say whether you have any experience of either winter or mountain driving, and move from "in general" to "assuming the driver isn't an expert in motorhomes" so the cautious answer IMO has to be no, it is unsafe without background experience in all three individually. Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 15:15
  • I edited the question to make it clearer. Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 15:19
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    Thanks for the edit. If you lose control on an icy surface in the mountains in a 7m motor home with no experience of ice or skid control, or a vehicle that size and weight, there is a high chance it will end badly. It is not the place to learn winter driving and I would not attempt it without prior experience, and being familiar with the vehicle and its characteristics. Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 15:31
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    'In the Alps' is also a very vague description of what kind of roads you are planning to drive on. There are roads in the Swiss Alps, which are just as good as any other road in Switzerland and there are probably just as in the neighbouring countries, roads where motorhomes are not even allowed to drive, not even in the summer. Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 15:31
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    I think, with the combination of COVID 19 and you not being experienced in driving a motorhome on mountain roads in winter, you will be better off staying in France and out of the mountains.
    – Willeke
    Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 20:25


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