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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 Thick clouds covered much of the Swiss Alps on Thursday 26th March, bringing snowfall to most of our featured resorts. The best conditions are up high as the temperatures of late have been relatively mild, resulting in some heavier conditions on the lower slopes. Zermatt (5/270cm) and Saas Fee (70/340cm) have seen the heaviest snowfall this week, with the former reporting 30cm and the latter 40cm on Thursday morning. Some excellent powder conditions have been reported at both resorts, but sadly many of the lifts at Saas Fee were closed on Thursday – but are expected to open in time for the weekend.Elsewhere, the snowfall was lighter and much of the precipitation fell as rain/sleet on the lower slopes. Verbier (1/215cm) caught 5cm of fresh snow to go with 40cm of snow in the past seven days. The leader in resort reported some great powder up high and on the itinerary slopes such as Tortin, Mont Gele and Mont Fort. Some of the lower resorts have suffered in the recent spell of weather as all but the very highest slopes saw rainfall. Les Mosses (10/20cm) and Anzere (0/90cm) are examples of this, with some bare patches reported on the lower slopes. Colder air is set to spread in during Friday, dropping the freezing level to below resort level and bringing some further light snowfall. Some sunny spells are possible later on Friday and into Saturday, before heavier snow returns on Sunday and Monday, with 20-50cm forecast for much of the country.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 204 resorts. Powder is reported at 9 resorts and 58 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Heavy snow is falling in Zermatt.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    For Verbier: Not much wind here, just a light breeze. Cold. There is a dusting of fresh snow. Lifts are all open. Snow conditions on piste are good. Off-piste has powder snow conditions!
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snowing in Davos.

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (9) Best piste conditions (58)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report today

Adelboden webcam
80

Fresh

Varied
3 cm
today
24
31
2
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
1250m 1650m 1950m 2000m 2300m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 3 days ago

Aeschi webcam
End Of Season 21 days ago
3
1
1
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1312 m
1350m 1650m 2000m 2050m 2400m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
200
40
old yesterday
6
15
1
snow showers
clear
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
1200m 1500m 2100m 2000m 2450m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

140
30

Good
49
58
21
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
1250m 1450m 1950m 1950m 2150m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 10 days ago

End Of Season 21 days ago
29
40
15
light snow
rain showers
heavy rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
1250m 1350m 1850m 1900m 2100m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
500
54
Powder
Varied
4 cm
today
18
38
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
1150m 1400m 2000m 1900m 2300m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
90
Spring snow
Spring snow
1 cm
today
12
21
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1942 m
1450m 1800m 2050m 2050m 2400m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
148
50
Packed 4 days ago
27
55
2
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2500 m
1300m 1650m 2050m 2000m 2350m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

Arosa webcam
120
90
Powder
Powder
10 cm
today
12
22
5
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
1200m 1350m 1900m 2000m 2250m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 8 days ago

No Info 22 days ago
7
3
2
snow showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1184 m
1200m 1500m 1950m 1950m 2150m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

118
42

Good
3
6
snow showers
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
1250m 1450m 2050m 2100m 2450m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 9 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
No Info 21 days ago
4
9
1
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1576 m
1350m 1700m 2050m 2100m 2450m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 6 days ago

165
5
Packed
Spring
9 days ago
20
34
3
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2211 m
1350m 1700m 2150m 2150m 2350m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

145
35
old 5 days ago
20
36
3
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
1300m 1600m 2150m 2100m 2400m

(1594m — 3019m)

10
17
3
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2306 m
1200m 1300m 1900m 2000m 2300m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
179
73
Spring yesterday
41
68
6
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
1300m 1550m 2100m 2100m 2350m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
120
45
Spring yesterday
5
9
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
1250m 1400m 2000m 2100m 2450m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

250
130

Good
4 days ago
2
7
snow showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1900 m
1500m 1750m 2250m 2300m 2600m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
80
40
Hard 4 days ago
27
54
9
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1861 m
1200m 1250m 1900m 1800m 2150m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
95

Good
19
33
3
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
1300m 1650m 2050m 2050m 2350m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

100
10
Spring 4 days ago
16
38
4
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2152 m
1150m 1300m 2000m 1900m 2200m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

215
1

Good
17
31
1
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1894 m
1350m 1700m 2050m 2000m 2450m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 3 days ago

End Of Season 22 days ago
4
1
1
snow showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1318 m
1350m 1700m 1950m 2050m 2300m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 6 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
End Of Season 21 days ago
3
2
1
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1327 m
1350m 1700m 2050m 2050m 2400m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

90
30

Fresh

Fresh
4 days ago
6
18
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2134 m
1500m 1850m 2150m 2100m 2400m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

143
19
×
Closed
8
13
1
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
1250m 1350m 1950m 2050m 2350m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

Champéry webcam
110
Spring snow
Spring snow
5 cm
4 days ago
20
35
1
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
1350m 1750m 1950m 1850m 2400m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

80
45

Good
4 days ago
27
44
2
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2186 m
1350m 1700m 2000m 2000m 2500m

(1310m — 2150m)

25
36
1
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
1350m 1750m 1950m 1850m 2400m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

110

Fresh

Fresh
4 days ago
7
20
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2326 m
1500m 1850m 2100m 2100m 2350m

(1045m — 1893m)

7
25
2
light snow
snow showers
heavy rain
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
1300m 1700m 1950m 2000m 2300m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

40
×
Closed
21 days ago
27
33
2
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
1300m 1700m 1950m 1950m 2350m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

30
21 days ago
2
1
1
snow showers
clear
rain showers
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
1200m 1450m 1950m 2050m 2300m

(1480m — 2210m)

4
13
2
snow showers
clear
rain showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1845 m
1200m 1400m 2000m 2100m 2300m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

181
50
Packed 5 days ago
5
8
snow showers
clear
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2550 m
1350m 1500m 2050m 2150m 2500m

(1720m — 3057m)

8
13
1
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
1250m 1350m 1950m 2050m 2350m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
235

Fresh

Varied
1 cm
today
16
28
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2250 m
1450m 1800m 2050m 2050m 2350m
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