Switzerland mountain excursion in early November

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Sep 11, 2019 - 5:47 AM

Hi All,

My family and I are coming over Switzerland on early November, we only stopped by 2 days short duration with the purpose of visiting only mountain which can see snows. It does not necessarily in skiing condition as long as we can step on snows will do. I'm guessing any altitude above 2000m should have snow for us to see already in early November (4Nov)? May I get the advice which mountain should I visit if I'm base nearby Interlaken area? FYI, we are renting car from France and driving over to Switzerland and hence not purchase any Swiss travel pass for this time.

1. Jungfraujoch is not in our consideration due to the hefty price as we not purchase Swiss travel pass and half of us went before already.

2.Tiltis and First are not operating?

3. Any other suggestion ? Schilthorn is it nice ? How about any other mountains which can see snow already although lower than schilthorn ?


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Sep 11, 2019 - 7:45 PM in reply to Meilianng

Hello Meilianng,

You sound like someone who comes from a place where there is no snow. I guess you nevertheless know that the substance is like the one collecting in the deep freezer of a fridge.

From now (mid-september) until mid december there may or may not be snow in the Alps anywhere below 2000m elevation. There was some snow, for instance, last week, but it has melted at most places. So if you want to see snow from close (walk on it, touch the stuff), my answer to your questions would be:

1. Jungfraujoch, there is snow up there throughout the year, but I can't remember (from my last visit three years ago) if one can actually go out (except at the observation terrace) and walk on snow. I think yes. But you regard the price as hefty.

2. Many cable cars undergo maintenance in November. Titlis and First are cable cars. You may find out if they operate or not, with the help of Google, or maybe one of the moderators will jump in with the information. Schilthorn, by the way, is also a cable car.

3. Schilthorn is nice. Other suggestion is to go to a place accessed by a train rather than a cable car. Besides Jungfraujoch, there is Gornergrat near Zermatt. Might be costly, too (you can't drive to Zermatt). Or decide at the last minute when you know the snow conditions. Check out this a few days (not more than five days!) before your trip.

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Sep 12, 2019 - 12:38 PM in reply to Meilianng

Hi Meilianng,

as Snowman explained very well, no one can predict the chance of getting snow in early November under 2000 m. If you would like to make sure, you better go higher (or you can still decide and check it once you are here in Switzerland). At Jungfraujoch there will be snow for sure - at least for a few years, thanks to global warming. At Jungfraujoch you have the chance to walk around a bit. We have been there in September last year, and we were throwing snowballs with my kids. Here are some advice on how and when to buy tickets: www.myswissalps.com/ju ngfraujoch/tickets

Titlis cable car will be closed from 4-15 November 2019, so you just miss it: www.myswissalps.com/ti tlis/gettingthere

First (Grindelwald) closes on 28 October 2019.

But you could go up on Schilthorn, as it operates until 11 November 2019: www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn/gettingthere. And it is really nice there: www.myswissalps.com/sc hilthorn/pictures

Read this too:www.myswissalps.com/ac tivities/snow

Last modified on Sep 12, 2019 - 12:40 PM by Ildiko
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Sep 18, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Hi Snowman and Ildiko,

Thanks for the reply. We would go higher than 2000m to have a better snow world experience. Perhaps we only have jungfraujoch / schilthorn / gornergrat for now? Zermatt is quite far, so perhaps is advisable to follow the advice and check the weather in Switzerland then just decide? We should be can park the car nearby then sit train into zermatt? Thank you.


Mei Lian

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Sep 18, 2019 - 5:18 PM in reply to Meilianng

Hi Mei Lian,

Gornergrat is near Zermatt, it is not in the Jungfrau region. (We have been there this weekend, and we were able to build a small snowman at Gornergrat with my kids.)

If you are just stopping in Switzerland for 2 days, I think you still have time to decide. I guess Schilthorn or any mountain from Zermatt (Gornergrat, Klein Matterhorn, Blauherd) will be good.

You should check the weather reports (www.myswissalps.com/we ather) . You can also check the snow maps at https//www.slf.ch/en/avalanch e-bulletin-and-snow-situation/snow-maps.html.

To get to Zermatt you need to leave the car in Tasch and take the train from Tasch to Zermatt (it is a short ride, around 10-15 mins): www.myswissalps.com/ze rmatt/travel

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