Hello all! I am considering the My Way: Alpine tour for mid-June. It has stops in Salzburg, Halstatt, Bolzano, Fussen, Lauterbrunnen Valley, and Chamonix. Can anyone fill me in on how the weather may be across these stops? I've heard it can be a mix of sun and rain/clouds, but perhaps some stops are different (i.e. I've heard Bolzano, Italy may be warmer). If it is rainy, is it often torrential and long-lasting, or off & on? Is rain/clouds enough to keep gondolas and lifts from running or does it need to be a pretty bad storm? Any other advice would be helpful. Many thanks!
Justin, In mid-June, the weather should be reasonably good in those locations, but of course when talking about the weather there are never any guarantees. The evenings could be "chilly" in all those locations, so some clothes for "layering" would be prudent. I'd also suggest some light rain gear. As Rick has said in the past, "there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing". Hope the best but plan for all eventualities. Cheers!
There's not much predictable differences between any of those locations for that time of year. All you can really say is that it may rain, it may be a short but intense storm, or it could come down slow and steady, which may last briefly or all day long. Impossible to predict this far in advanced. "Is rain/clouds enough to keep gondolas and lifts from running or does it need to be a pretty bad storm?" They close the gondolas due to high wind, not clouds or precipitation.
Justin, "Is rain/clouds enough to keep gondolas and lifts from running or does it need to be a pretty bad storm?" Tom's reply reminded me that I forgot to answer that part of the question. In addition to the Lifts being suspended due to high winds, in some cases local trains can also shut down due to high winds. That was the case with the trains from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg (Lauterbrunnen Valley) when I was there in September 2012. Fortunately that doesn't seem to happen often.
Oh, I forgot one other circumstance that will cause the lifts to temporarily shut down, but this only applies to Italy... lunch.