Weather in the Alps
Given this variability, and the fact that the weather can change so quickly, you need to carry the right gear:
- Always have warm clothing (a fleece or a lightweight down or synthetic insulated jacket) and waterproof shells (jacket and pants) in your pack.
- A beanie and lightweight gloves are useful as well.
Make sure that you keep well informed about the weather conditions. Check the forecast every day, either in the morning before you leave or, ideally, at night right after dinner. You have several options for sources of information:
- Hut managers usually provide guests with the latest forecast either right before or right after dinner. If you have any questions regarding the weather, please feel free and comfortable to ask them. In areas with no cell phone reception, they will be your only source of weather information (so don’t be shy!).
- Several weather apps provide both overview and very detailed information about the forecast. We recommend MeteoFrance, MeteoBlue (available in English), Chamonix-Meteo (also available in English).
- Several areas have webcams for viewing conditions in real time.
All three sources provide extremely useful information during periods of unstable weather.