Snow boots for Zermatt and Interlaken hiking April

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Apr 13, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Hi all,

Very much appreciate this resource and the people that support it with their time and expertise. My friends and I have planned our upcoming trip based on many recommendations from this site, so I'm here for one more.

We'll be visiting Zermatt next week (mid-April) before heading to Lauterbrunnen, Montreux, Lucerne, and Zurich, We're unsure if it will be worth taking up precious space in our luggage with snow boots for our time in Zermatt since it looks like most of the other places will be snow free. I suppose there may be snow on some of the higher elevation areas above Lauterbrunnen where we may venture (Wengen, Gimmelwald, Schilthorn, etc.). I may be way off on this assumption though and happy to be corrected by someone local. :)

To help us decide, wondering if the areas in Zermatt and above Lauterbrunnen that are actually accessible at this time of year (realizing many trails will be closed) will require snow boots for walks/hikes.

It sounds like we'll have to check with the tourism office upon arrival in Lauterbrunnen to tell if hikes like First-Bachalpsee, First-Gross Scheidegg, Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg, and Grutschalp-Murren will be accessible. But if they were to be "open", does that typically mean the trails are free of snow, or could they be at least partially snow-covered where snow boots would be recommended?

Appreciate any insight!


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Apr 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM in reply to TCphilly

Hi Taryn and welcome to MySwissAlps!

You might luck out with hiking Grutschalp-Murren. I can't imagine snow boots will be needed there.
The others will almost certainly be closed so either way I don't think you need to worry about snow boots. Waterproof hiking shoes/boots are always a good idea though.

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Apr 15, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Thank you, Lucas! Here's hoping we find some open trails!

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