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Welcome to the Ski Switzerland page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the Swiss Alps. Over recent years some of the most consistent good piste conditions have been reported at Saas Fee, Davos, Zermatt, Klosters, Andermatt, Verbier, and Engelberg showing a mix of high glacial resorts and those most exposed to the prevailing north westerly storm tracks. However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the numerous other high Swiss resorts or at lower elevation ski stations in poor weather amongst the trees.

For off-piste powder, resorts such as Zinal, Grimentz, Davos, Les Diablerets, Arosa, Andermatt, and Engelberg have proven among the most consistent over several seasons either because of regular heavy snowfalls, favourable sun aspect, or in some cases because they are high and quite so they don't get tracked out quickly. In terms of accumulating snow depth throughout the season, Andermatt and Engelberg excel and are a regular match for anywhere in Europe, however every season is different and there are no guarantees. Slope conditions change day by day so check out the reports summaries below for the latest news and of course the snow forecasts we produce for summit, mid-station and resort level elevations at every major ski station in Switzerland.

Switzerland is for many people the country most immediately associated with skiing. Known for its spectacular mountain scenery, efficient infrastructure, high quality and yes, high prices, the country does have the world’s longest history as a winter sports tourism destination – with the very first holiday taking place in St Moritz one and a half centuries ago, shortly before downhill skiing was invented in Norway, in the Telemark style.

The Kulm Hotel St Moritz was the first hotel to be built in St Moritz, the Kulm opened its doors in 1856 and immediately became popular for summer spa and painting holidays, particularly among the British who comprised around 75% of the hotel guests.

The owner of the Kulm Hotel, Johannes Badrutt, initiated winter holidays to St Moritz from 1864, when he laid a bet with his last departing summer guests that the local weather was so good they could sun themselves on the hotel’s terrace even in deep December; if not, he would cover the cost of their holiday himself. He won the bet and within two years, the hotel was fully booked with guests staying for the entire winter season. The Kulm Hotel St Moritz can, therefore, take credit for starting the trend for winter sports holidays which developed in to Swiss ski holidays and the Kulm itself is now a huge five star hotel – one of five in the famous resort – is still in business to this day.

Since then around 400 Swiss ski resorts have opened in every canton including many of the world’s best known destinations. Europe’s highest ski lifts are here at Zermatt, 3899m up, which is one of only two resorts in the world open 365 days a year. As well as St Moritz there are glitzy resorts like Verbier, Crans Montana and Gstaad; resorts with long histories and particularly stunning mountain scenery like Grindelwald, Wengen and Murren in the Jungfrau – a favourite British destination for more than a century - or Davos, where Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a ski pioneer.

Architecture can be more problematic in Switzerland’s ski resorts. Although there are none of the entirely concrete-block developments that have blighted some areas in the French Alps, many of the bigger Swiss resorts contain a few similar ugly buildings as they do not have the same building restrictions as Austria, where a traditional chalet style design is normally required for all new buildings. There are however unspoilt villages to be found such as Grimentz.

Switzerland offers skiing in resorts in the West of the country where French is spoken, the East where it’s German and in the southerly canton of Ticino, Italian. There are ski areas of all sizes including the 350km cross-border area shared by Zermatt and Italy’s Cervinia and the 400km of the 4 Valleys. Thanks to the glaciers and high altitude skiing of many resorts including Engelberg and Laax, snow cover is rarely a problem and sunshine is a strength, particularly for St Moritz again, which claims more than 300 days of it each year.

Another idea pioneered by the Swiss is car-free ski resorts. There are about a dozen including Saas Fee, Wengen and Zermatt. In some cases they have been so successful that permitted hotel electric buggys throng the streets making them almost as busy as they would be with motor traffic, but the noise isn’t there, nor the polluting fumes, making these very special and relaxing places to stay.

Spectacular mountain restaurants are yet another forte, be they the revolving restaurant built with money generated by the James Bond film crew that filmed On His Majesty’s Secret Service at Murren in the late 1950s, or similar establishments above Leysin and Saas Fee, or the ultra-cool Botta restaurant at Les Diablerets.

Switzerland is expensive although just how expensive depends on the strength of the Franc against other currencies. In the 1990s its strength made Switzerland the most expensive destination in Europe for skiers, but through the first decade of the current century prices gradually dropped below those of the Euro, and the French 3 Valleys around Courchevel became more expensive than the Swiss 4 Valleys around Verbier. That changed with the global economic collapse in 2008 when investors seeking a safe haven invested in the Franc and by autumn 2011 the currency was riding so high that one version of Zermatt’s international pass became the most expensive lift ticket in the world – overtaking the usually ‘most pricey’ in Western USA for the first time in decades. The Swiss national bank intervened to limit the strength of the franc and prevent the collapse of Swiss tourism.

Many fans of Swiss skiing do say that the higher costs are worthwhile anyway, so long as they are affordable, for the higher quality experience. Swiss Airlines provide a high quality service to skiers which is continually recognised in user polls and industry awards and, once you land in Geneva or Zurich, many resorts are accessible by an ultra efficient rail and bus network direct from the airports.

It’s also worth noting that, although lift tickets for adults can be expensive, Switzerland offers the best prices in Europe for children. Indeed more than 50 resorts don’t charge for children at all until age 8 or 9 and then offers at least 50% off until adulthood at age 16 or 18 and even then there’s usually a 15-30% discount for young adults or students to their early 20s. This compares to France where children usually pay from age 4 or 5 and then 60-80% of the full adult price, which is payable in total from age 11 to 13. So some family configurations may find that, even with a higher adult lift pass cost, overall they pay less.
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Switzerland: latest snow conditions round-up


SWITZERLAND Heavy snow was falling on the morning of Thursday 29th January across Switzerland, following some great falls earlier in the week. As a result conditions are excellent across the country although the avalanche danger has reached Level 4 in the southwest. Stay on piste in this region and be very careful elsewhere as the danger is still at Level 3. Murren (80/145cm) saw 30cm of fresh snow by Tuesday morning, making it one of the snowiest resorts earlier this week. A further 15cm was recorded on Thursday 29th January so some great powder conditions can be found across the mountain. Thursday's heaviest falls were recorded in southwest Switzerland, with Leysin (50/70cm) and Les Mosses (50/70cm) recording 35cm of fresh snow. Anzere (30/125cm) saw 30cm which has significantly improved the skiing conditions. Although as mentioned above however, the avalanche danger in this region is Level 4 - which recommends skiers stay firmly on piste Andermatt (63/380cm) benefited from a further 10cm of fresh snow and currently boasts one of the deepest base depths in the whole of the Alps. The skiing on Thursday was excellent, although visibility was reduced as a result of the snowy weather.The heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend, and with the freezing level dropping to sea-level, snow can be expected at all levels. Once the storm subsides, totals of around a metre are expected for many, especially in the north and west. Monday is currently looking sunny, providing the best overhead in which to enjoy the new snow, before more snow returns on Tuesday.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 210 resorts. Powder is reported at 71 resorts and 147 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

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D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (71) Best piste conditions (147)

Ski resorts in Switzerland from A to C


Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

Adelboden webcam
85
48
Powder
Powder
18 cm
2 days ago
32
7
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
200m 200m 400m 250m 150m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

Aeschi webcam
70
40

Good
25
12
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1312 m
200m 200m 300m 200m 100m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
180
50

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
18
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
250m 250m 250m 350m 300m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

110
60

Good
21
5
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
300m 200m 300m 0m 50m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

90
40
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
21
10
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
250m 200m 300m 50m 50m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 2 days ago

Andermatt webcam
380
68
Powder
Powder
20 cm
2 days ago
18
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
250m 250m 250m 250m 200m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 2 days ago

Anzère webcam
125
70
Powder
Powder
50 cm
2 days ago
31
16
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1942 m
200m 200m 400m 450m 250m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
135
79

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
24
38
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
200m 250m 400m 750m 700m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arosa webcam
100
70
Powder
Powder
20 cm
2 days ago
13
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
250m 200m 350m 250m 200m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

80
65

Good
18
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1184 m
250m 200m 200m 0m 0m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

110
50

Good
6
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
250m 250m 300m 400m 300m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
90
50

Good
27
17
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
200m 200m 250m 150m 100m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

180
25

Excellent

Powder
4 cm
yesterday
32
30
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2211 m
200m 250m 350m 550m 400m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

165
95
Powder
Powder
today
31
22
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
200m 250m 300m 500m 350m

(1594m — 3019m)

9
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
250m 200m 350m 400m 300m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
160
100
Powder
Powder
today
32
23
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
200m 200m 350m 500m 300m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
125
65
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
6
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
250m 250m 350m 450m 350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

200
100

Good
14
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
400m 350m 300m 550m 450m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
110
60
Powder
Powder
yesterday
23
10
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
250m 200m 300m 100m 100m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
100
15
×
Closed
34
25
1
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
200m 200m 250m 200m 150m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

130
45
Powder
Powder
yesterday
18
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
250m 250m 300m 200m 150m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

125
30

Good
30
17
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1894 m
200m 250m 400m 600m 500m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

40
30

Good
27
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1318 m
250m 250m 200m 50m 50m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
65
55

Good
23
21
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1327 m
200m 200m 200m 100m 50m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
30
Packed 2 days ago
28
29
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2134 m
200m 250m 350m 600m 500m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

137
39
×
Closed
6
7
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
250m 200m 350m 500m 400m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 2 days ago

Champéry webcam
85
25
Powder
Powder
45 cm
2 days ago
31
5
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1658 m
300m 250m 300m 200m 150m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

100
78

Good
32
15
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2186 m
250m 250m 450m 550m 500m

(1310m — 2150m)

32
5
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
300m 250m 300m 200m 150m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

215
45
Powder
Powder
yesterday
28
24
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
200m 200m 400m 550m 400m

(1045m — 1893m)

29
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
200m 250m 200m 50m 50m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

85
50

Good
33
4
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
200m 250m 300m 150m 100m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

40
15
Powder
Powder
4 days ago
11
2
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
250m 200m 400m 150m 150m

(1480m — 2210m)

12
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1845 m
250m 200m 350m 200m 150m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

176
70

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
6
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
300m 250m 350m 550m 450m

(1720m — 3057m)

6
7
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
250m 200m 350m 500m 400m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
155
50
Powder
Powder
40 cm
2 days ago
30
17
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2250 m
200m 200m 400m 450m 250m
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