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Where to experience cold weather?

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All my life I have been dreaming of experiencing -20, -30 temperatures.
Now in the news they say some places had -26 last night.
Does anyone know where in Switzerland one could go by car, maybe 10-15min of walking, and experience such temperatures?
(Sadly I don't fit into the tiny ice box in my fridge!)
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Heya,
All my life I have been dreaming of experiencing -20, -30 temperatures.
Now in the news they say some places had -26 last night.
Does anyone know where in Switzerland one could go by car, maybe 10-15min of walking, and experience such temperatures?
(Sadly I don't fit into the tiny ice box in my fridge!)
Head up the Jungfraujoch research station, it's about -20 something on the observation deck. But it involves trains/cable cars. So might not fit exactly.
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

La Brévine (NE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrCjN1jykGk
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

Maybe you find a company in your area , who owns a deep cooler (-20 degree),
if the windchill adds to the -20 degree, it is a nightmare, when you are in it , without proper protection.
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Heya,
All my life I have been dreaming of experiencing -20, -30 temperatures.
Now in the news they say some places had -26 last night.
Does anyone know where in Switzerland one could go by car, maybe 10-15min of walking, and experience such temperatures?
(Sadly I don't fit into the tiny ice box in my fridge!)
I experienced this weather when I lived in Ottawa. Yes, I was much younger then, but seriously, I don't miss it.

If you do go for a walk, be sure to dress properly. Enjoy
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

Interesting desire.

Three alternatives in my view:

(1) high up in the mountains, like Jungfraujoch, Klein Matterhorn, Corvatsch etc. Involves lots of transport and cost. Pro: usually cold also during the day

(2) https://kaltluftseen.ch/la-brevine/ La Brevine and the other places mentioned here are "Kaltluftseen", where at night cold air concentrates in troughs. These place usually hold the record low temps, but at nights and also this does not occur that often. So hard to forecast maybe

(3) High altitude valleys in the Alps, may actually be similar to (2). Upper Engadin (Samedan) is a good example.
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Old 08.01.2021, 12:11
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Head up the Jungfraujoch research station, it's about -20 something on the observation deck. But it involves trains/cable cars. So might not fit exactly.
Thank you. A great idea as I've never been up there yet! But I just checked and... 195.- for the last bit, Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch? Ouch...

Thank you. Hm, meteocentrale.ch says the coldest bit would be at midnight between monday and tuesday, at -13°C - http://www.meteocentrale.ch/en/europ...70/#2021-01-12 does anyone know how accurate this would be?
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La Brévine (NE)
Currently not that cold: https://www.meteoschweiz.admin.ch/ho...=BRL&chart=day

Some other possible spots with extreme values: https://kaltluftseen.ch/


Oberwallis/Goms is currently pretty cold and around -20°C.
Samedan and Zuoz are also a good places to experience cold weather and are currently around -20°C

For current temperatures see:
https://map.geo.admin.ch/?notooltip=...1&N=1199272.29
and also (which uses different measuring stations)
https://kachelmannwetter.com/ch/mess...emperatur.html

Be aware that some of those extremes are during the night/early morning. A clear night will help a lot.
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

Travel to Canada, to the east side of the Rockies, when coronavirus restrictions permit. I experienced -40° there, and that was without the windchill factor. I literally could not breathe without a mask or scarf over my mouth, as the moisture in my mouth and throat would freeze instantly.
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

We had -19C here about 10 years ago in February for about a week I believe, that was not fun

I can still recall -60 with wind chill in Chicago - I couldn't even make it from the taxi curbside to inside the airport (Less than 10 meters, and I ran) without losing all feeling in my face. That was brutal
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A hard cold fun fact: -40° is the same in C and F.
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

Chandolin in Valais/Wallis is one of the highest villages in Switzerland, and it's accessible by road all the way. Post buses use the road throughout the year so it should be accessible (you'll need chains and/or 4WD). Google Weather says it will be -17° there after about 9:00 pm tonight, although other forecasts aren't as extreme.

If you decide to go, there's a very nice, new boutique hotel there, with the imaginative name "Chandolin Boutique Hotel".
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Re: Where to experience cold weather?

Wow thanks MajorGruber - my part of the world, and yet I had never seen this film. I grew up skating on the Lac des Taillères near La Brévine, where my dad use to take the 2CV on the ice, tie my brother and myself on sledges at the back- drive like the clappers on the ice and do hand-brake turns - magical.

The La Brévine landscape is amazing, dotted with very ancient Tundra like peat bog forests- fabulous in all seasons. But the speciality is cross country skiing- and there is a great ski hier shop called La Siberia next to the prepared pistes.


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A hard cold fun fact: -40° is the same in C and F.
Indeed, which is why I didn't specify the scale and just left it at -40°.
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I can still recall -60 with wind chill in Chicago -
When the weather reporter starts out with "Folks, it's going to be another character-builder today"...

Ah, memories.
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Interesting desire.
My parents keep telling me that I experienced -30°C as a child in Canada. But I was too young to remember.
Now I feel like I cheated, and got the medal for free! But I want to earn that medal :-)

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(2) https://kaltluftseen.ch/la-brevine/ La Brevine and the other places mentioned here are "Kaltluftseen", where at night cold air concentrates in troughs. These place usually hold the record low temps, but at nights and also this does not occur that often. So hard to forecast maybe
That is one cool website, thank you!
There appear to also be some places which are not as far from Frauenfeld (a bit over 1h to Wildhaus-St Johann, then a hike to the Gräppelenalp, and a bit over 1h to Sämtisersee in Appenzell (Sämtisersee seems to be 1.5h hike in normal summer conditions from the nearest car parking spot, with two steep bits: https://www.plattenboedeli.ch/anreise/)).
Seeing the data from all the previous years is very nice

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Currently not that cold: https://www.meteoschweiz.admin.ch/ho...=BRL&chart=day

Some other possible spots with extreme values: https://kaltluftseen.ch/


Oberwallis/Goms is currently pretty cold and around -20°C.
Samedan and Zuoz are also a good places to experience cold weather and are currently around -20°C

For current temperatures see:
https://map.geo.admin.ch/?notooltip=...1&N=1199272.29
and also (which uses different measuring stations)
https://kachelmannwetter.com/ch/mess...emperatur.html

Be aware that some of those extremes are during the night/early morning. A clear night will help a lot.
Thank you! Very useful links, and advice
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When the weather reporter starts out with "Folks, it's going to be another character-builder today"...

Ah, memories.
Indeed

I also remember that despite those frigid conditions you could be sure to see locals lined up at nightclubs in great numbers - even in miniskirts

Probably what I also love about Chicago, they love to party
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Heya,
All my life I have been dreaming of experiencing -20, -30 temperatures.
Now in the news they say some places had -26 last night.
Does anyone know where in Switzerland one could go by car, maybe 10-15min of walking, and experience such temperatures?
(Sadly I don't fit into the tiny ice box in my fridge!)
10-15 min walk? St. Moritz is at -14 °C now, -22°C for the night.

Also, look for the igloo hotels. We spent one night in the igloo hotel of Davos. After eating copious amounts of fondue we had a 1 hour snowshoes tour under the moon on a clear night with -17 or -18°C. It was fun to go later to the outdoors jacuzzi. The experience of hair wet freezing after 2-3 min while being deliciously warm is interesting.
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Indeed, which is why I didn't specify the scale and just left it at -40°.
That reminded me of the comedy bit on Winnipeg (Canada) by Jim Gaffigan.

"It was fifty below! Fifty - by the way, at that point it doesn't matter if it's Celsius or Fahrenheit."
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Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt! Coldest place on earth (maybe)!
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