What’s on in Switzerland
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bye-bye winter blues, hello warmer weather and sunshine, with plenty of snow still on the slopes!
The weekend promises to be great for doing just about anything outdoors. And now that March has arrived, the season is starting for the big spring consumer fairs, Habitat et Jardins in Lausanne which opens Saturday 2 March and Europe’s big motor show in Geneva, which opens 7 March after two busy media days.
Energy savings is a theme for both.
Be sure to check our GenevaLunch.com events page for other ideas, for what’s on this weekend.
A great option if you’re staying down by the lake is to get out on the lake: the CGN lake boats operator is running a special series on the N3 line between Nyon and Yvoire, with six roundtrip offers on Saturday 2 March and again Sunday. Details
Weather forecast, great new app from Meteo Swiss
Increasingly warm over the next five days, according to national weather service Meteo Swiss, with some morning fog on the plain and around the lake, which will disappear by late morning.
Lows in Geneva ranging from -3C to 0C, with highs of 5C Friday, 6C Saturday, 8C Sunday and up to 10C Monday.
Temperatures will be warmer in Valais, reaching 13C Sunday and 15C along the Rhone, with warm foehn winds blowing by Wednesday.
You’ll have to go above 2,000 metres to reach freezing temperatures, with Crans-Montana, at 1,750 metres, expecting temperatures of 6-7C during the day.
The best weather news might be the new iPhone and android application launched this week by MeteoSwiss, which gives you quick access to weather information around the country and, if you allow it, right where you are sitting.
(Ed. note: the app on my iPhone tells me it’s 3.8C where I am, with wind at 1.8kph, humidity 38% and pressure of 856 hPa, with sunshine. Ahhhhh.)
Avalanche, snow conditions
A relatively small area from Saas Fee to the Binn Valley has a marked (level 3) avalanche danger but changing temperatures mean avalanche bulletins should be watched carefully.
GenevaLunch.com last week watched a demonstration by the Swiss Army’s Mountain Specialists unit in using rockets to set off avalanches as a safety precaution. Switzerland has 60 rocket launchers for this purpose and the unit regularly trains ski area employees to use them. Skiers are likely to hear their booms as the weather turns warm and the risk of avalanches in some areas increases.
These is the only unit of the army that still uses rockets.
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Swiss and neighbouring French ski resorts this weekend
Jura resorts are boasting wonderful sunshine and good snow depth, from 70-140cm ungroomed on lower slopes and well over 200cm ungroomed at the top. Snow is holding and the Jura will have cooler temperatures than Valais this weekend, with nights cold enough to keep snow hard.
Crans-Montana Be sure to put next weekend’s Caprice Festival on your calendar; for the 10th anniversary the festival will be larger and with a lively programme of hot music, cold-weather events. Meanwhile if you’re a beginner snowboarder, check out the recent additions to the snowboard park.
Diableret is hosting the “3D” weekend, with competitive events in three disciplines, for amateurs: Alpine skiing from the vertical racing to relaying, with a long-distance race. Plenty of raclette cheese on offer! Details
Verbier has a lot going on this weekend, from wine tasting to racing, but one of the most exciting is likely to be the option to take your mountain bike down the toboggan run at La Tzoumaz, 10 km, with the option to finish with a cheese fondue at 20:00.