I'm about as ready as I'm ever going to be, so here I go. The pass doesn't look perfect, but I do have traction tires. Yeah, the Passat is acting up - it failed its annual smog check yesterday as the coolant temperature sensor appear to be dying - but I think it's going to be OK. If not, I've got lots and lots of emergency kit in the car.
So, wish me luck. This is going to be, um, interesting.