When to Go
Spring and fall are beautiful times to visit this region. During the summer, temperatures reach an average of 18°C–20°C (65°F–68°F), which is comfortable, but crowds tend to pick up, especially in Gruyères. During a heat wave it's not unusual for temperatures to soar to 30°C (86°F). In winter the average temperature is 0°C–3°C (32°F–38°F). In the pre-Alps region there can be long periods of snowfall. January is great for winter sports, but you can't be sure of snow in December. In February, some cantons (not to mention Germans, English, Dutch, and Italians) invariably have school vacations, so slopes get pretty crowded. If the snow lasts, March can also be great for skiing.