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Sz Ski Switzerland

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 The sun was shining brightly on Thursday 26th February and with cold temperatures in place across the Swiss Alps, the snow conditions are excellent. Packed powder conditions are to be found on piste and off the slopes there are some powder pitches still there to be skied. Conditions in the 4 Valleys area, encompassing resorts such as Nendaz (60/200cm) and Verbier (60/190cm) are fantastic following around 40cm of fresh snow this week. The Ski Club Leader in Verbier has been reporting great conditions on the off piste itinerary runs, although they became tracked out quite quickly Saas Fee (70/270cm) is in great condition at present, with heavy snow over the weekend setting up the slopes perfectly for the sunny spell of weather this week. There are great piste conditions across the mountain and thanks to the sunshine, the visibility was excellent - this can occasionally be an issue on the high altitude slopes above the resort. Conditions at Leysin (40/130cm) and Les Mosses (50/60cm) have improved significantly thanks to the recent snowfall. Any bare patches have been covered up nicely and some good off piste conditions have even been reported in recent days.Lots more snow is in the forecast for Switzerland in the coming days as snow clouds move in during the course of Thursday night. A further 20cm is forecast prior to the weekend before a further spell of heavy snow sweeps in on Sunday and Monday. Current forecasts are suggesting between 20 and 60cm could fall, with the heaviest snow in the northwest of the country.

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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 35 resorts and 135 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snowing in Veysonnaz-Printse.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Verbier.
  3. Image1 Chalet Petal
    Excellent ski conditions. Sun and cloud today after fresh snow.

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (35) Best piste conditions (135)

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
123
48

Excellent
Tracked
1 cm
2 days ago
28
34
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
1550m 1650m 1350m 900m 400m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

Aeschi webcam
30
20

Good
10
23
1
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1312 m
1750m 1700m 1350m 900m 400m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

Airolo webcam
250
80

Fresh

Fresh
yesterday
21
12
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
1550m 1550m 1350m 850m 400m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

150
60

Good
35
33
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
1550m 1600m 1100m 850m 400m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report yesterday

80
30
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
24
39
2
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1530 m
1400m 1550m 1100m 800m 400m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 2 days ago

Andermatt webcam
470
87

Excellent

Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
31
18
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1500m 1600m 1300m 850m 350m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 2 days ago

Anzère webcam
120
20

Excellent
Tracked
5 cm
2 days ago
28
33
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1942 m
1600m 1600m 1450m 850m 250m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arolla webcam
156
78
Packed 5 days ago
62
28
3
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
1750m 1650m 1550m 800m 200m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arosa webcam
100
70

Excellent
Tracked
1 cm
2 days ago
22
26
2
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1400m 1400m 1100m 850m 350m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report yesterday

80
45

Good
10
28
1
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1184 m
1750m 1550m 1000m 750m 400m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

130
65

Good
14
17
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
1450m 1450m 1200m 900m 350m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
80
25

Good
16
27
1
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
1900m 1700m 1350m 900m 350m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

170
20

Excellent

Fresh
2 cm
yesterday
46
31
3
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2211 m
1700m 1600m 1450m 900m 250m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report yesterday

180
95
Packed 5 days ago
45
27
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
1700m 1600m 1450m 900m 250m

(1594m — 3019m)

19
21
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
1450m 1300m 1150m 850m 350m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
171
89
Spring 2 days ago
73
34
4
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
1700m 1650m 1450m 900m 250m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
135
70
Packed 2 days ago
16
16
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
1500m 1400m 1200m 900m 350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

250
130

Good
7 days ago
18
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
1600m 1700m 1500m 1050m 600m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

Braunwald webcam
125
80
Powder
Powder
yesterday
29
55
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1861 m
1300m 1500m 1150m 750m 350m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

Brienz - Axalp webcam
100
5

Good
39
35
3
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
1650m 1600m 1350m 900m 250m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

130
30
Packed yesterday
26
39
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2152 m
1350m 1550m 1200m 800m 400m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

92
20

Good
41
32
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1894 m
1650m 1650m 1450m 850m 200m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report yesterday

38
30

Good
5 days ago
7
21
light rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1318 m
1800m 1650m 1350m 900m 450m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report yesterday

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
70
50

Good
14
23
1
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1327 m
1800m 1650m 1300m 900m 350m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 2 days ago

90
40
Packed 5 days ago
30
28
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2134 m
1650m 1600m 1450m 900m 250m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

151
41
×
Closed
20
19
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
1500m 1250m 1150m 850m 250m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 2 days ago

Champéry webcam
120
30

Excellent
Tracked
2 cm
2 days ago
27
24
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1658 m
1550m 1600m 1350m 900m 450m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

113
80

Good
5 days ago
59
37
1
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2186 m
1650m 1650m 1450m 850m 350m

(1310m — 2150m)

30
25
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
1550m 1600m 1350m 900m 450m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

150
10
Powder
Powder
5 days ago
34
32
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
1650m 1650m 1500m 850m 250m

(1045m — 1893m)

9
23
light rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
1600m 1650m 1300m 900m 450m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

85
50

Good
5 days ago
19
30
light rain
light snow
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1600 m
1550m 1650m 1350m 900m 400m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

40
Packed 2 days ago
12
20
1
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
1450m 1500m 1150m 900m 350m

(1480m — 2210m)

17
24
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1845 m
1450m 1450m 1150m 900m 350m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 2 days ago

189
60
Packed 7 days ago
14
14
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
1550m 1350m 1200m 900m 400m

(1720m — 3057m)

20
19
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
1500m 1300m 1150m 850m 250m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
215
37
Powder
Powder
10 cm
2 days ago
33
34
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2250 m
1600m 1600m 1450m 850m 250m
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