Apr 10, 2018 - 11:18 PM
in reply to IrishRover
<<"that will be fine for us, we just don't want to get swept away in a flood of meltwater or a landslide! :)">>
Not much meltwater in early May, especially at high altitudes above 1800-2000 meters. Snowslides are certainly a concern. Don't think that landslides are. ;-)
The problem is that the trails will be blocked by snow and have the possibilities of dangerous snow slides. First week of May tends to have not so much good skiing snow, but plenty of snow to block trails. Meters deep in many case.
Lots of mountain transport shuts down until late May, specifically because neither hikers nor skiers have much to do up there.
It's not skill set, it's safety.
Trail grooming stops sometime before that. Not sure when. Doubt that the Eiger trail is groomed, but the easy trail from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg has a chance. Snow does hang on near Tschuggen, so even if part of the trail opens early, that section blocks the rest of it. Litttle or no sun there.
Even as late as mid-June, trails at 2300 - 2000 meters are just starting to open up. It's not regulations...its impassability and safety. Probably later this year...lots of snow this past winter.
Work with altitudes.
In early May, you probably are good below 1500 or so meters. Maybe a bit less.
By the way, this map may be useful.
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Last modified on Apr 10, 2018 - 11:27 PM by Slowpoke