Mount Etna weather & snow conditions

Mount Etna weather & snow conditions

The good news is that Mount Etna’s altitude ensures its upper reaches are snowy throughout winter. The bad news is that Etna can be prone to extremely cloudy days, especially in the afternoon, which obscure undoubtedly the best views of the stunning Mediterranean in Sicily.

Etna is also known for its storms, and lightning at this altitude is no joke; in fact, several hikers are killed every year. The weather can change quickly at altitudes this high, but weather is well-reported in the area, so by watching the forecasts and playing it safe, there shouldn’t be any problems.

But even when the weather isn’t favourable for skiing, the climate can vary dramatically from the summit to the base, so when it’s too cloudy to ski, the weather may be perfect at sea for a spot of sailing. The beauty of Sicily is that there is so much to explore, visitors will never be left twiddling their thumbs.

As well as weather and snow conditions, it’s important to check Etna’s activity too. This volcano is very active and can erupt with very little warning; therefore, the possibility of an eruption shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are also streams of molten lava, which must be avoided, but unless visitors go out of their way to find them this shouldn’t be an issue.