Apr 14, 2017 - 12:23 AM
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Hi Mkaligis -
I almost always go to Switzerland in May, and this year is no exception.
I have attached a panoramic image taken in mid-April looking toward Trachselwald from above Sumiswald, in an very unusual time of about a week when it was dry and sunny throughout Switzerland. More like what I expect in May in the lower altitudes. Also some others taken at various times.
I want to make 3 points-
1.- Difficult weather in May at high altitudes ...or even good weather with snowy trail conditions ... does not mean that the rest of the experience is a problem. If you are going to look, not hike, May is fine in the Jungfrau region.
Every word is important in that comment.. Especially the words "high altitudes." There is tremendous contrast between high and low altitudes in late Spring. I love to enjoy Spring near Luzern. In May, Spring is well advanced.
2.- Even in April, there can be beautiful weather for days on end. On average, there is rain, but average doesn't matter on what ever days you happen to be there. And, particularly important because of the way Swiss geography and mountains influence weather... the weather can be dramatically different 20 km from where you are. Time and again I have looked at a weather report that showed sun and rain/clouds for a particular region. I've gone there, and found that the rain was in the next valley, and I had sun. If there is a chance of rain in any part of a region, they have to show it on the weather forecast. That does not mean that you will experience it. Or, you might.
3.- You can see the snow-capped Alps from many places in Switzerland that are quite distant from the Jungfrau region. It is a small country and those are not small mountains.