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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 It has been a mixed week for Swiss resorts, depending on which side of the country you are looking at. For example, eastern resorts such as Davos (0/141cm) and St Moritz (20/140cm) received around 10cm earlier this week but since then the sun has re-emerged. In the west it's been a predominantly sunny week Verbier (10/147cm) has good spring snow on its mountains, but unlike the resorts in the east there hasn't been any fresh snow for a while. This could change this weekend though as more unsettled weather is expected to move in. Freezing levels will remain around 2,400m so fresh snow will be confined to the upper slopes, but it should improve conditions nonetheless.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 92 resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 43 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Switzerland

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D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (4) Best piste conditions (43)

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report 4 days ago

Adelboden webcam
35

Good

Varied
27 cm
28 days ago
1
5
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1875 m
2100m 2300m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(999m — 1626m)

Aeschi webcam
2
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1312 m
2100m 2300m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 12 days ago

Airolo webcam
End Of Season
3
5
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1712 m
1900m 2200m 2450m 2700m 2350m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 28 days ago
20
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1836 m
2150m 2300m 2550m 2650m 2500m

(1103m — 1956m)

14
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
2100m 2250m 2550m 2650m 2500m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 4 days ago

Andermatt webcam
400

Good
Spring snow
5 cm
13 days ago
5
3
19
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 2200 m
2000m 2200m 2500m 2650m 2400m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 4 days ago

Anzère webcam
45
Spring snow
Spring snow
5 cm
28 days ago
1
5
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1942 m
2050m 2350m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
156
Packed 28 days ago
17
26
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
2000m 2350m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 4 days ago

Arosa webcam
60
20

Good

Varied
5 cm
37 days ago
2
1
18
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2200 m
2050m 2100m 2550m 2700m 2400m

(975m — 1393m)

6
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1184 m
2100m 2350m 2550m 2650m 2550m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

140
53

Good
3
2
15
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2282 m
2000m 2050m 2550m 2750m 2300m

(1200m — 1951m)

Beatenberg webcam
3
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1576 m
2100m 2350m 2500m 2600m 2450m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

149
×
Closed
8
7
10
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 2211 m
2000m 2250m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report yesterday

30
10
Spring 2 days ago
7
2
10
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 2084 m
2000m 2250m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(1594m — 3019m)

4
4
18
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 2306 m
2100m 2100m 2550m 2700m 2350m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
121
Hard 12 days ago
12
19
16
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
2000m 2250m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
150
35
2 days ago
5
6
16
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
2050m 2100m 2550m 2750m 2350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

Bosco Gurin webcam
100
40
×
Closed
26 days ago
4
7
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1900 m
1950m 2250m 2500m 2750m 2350m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

Braunwald webcam
40
20

Good
28 days ago
1
24
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1861 m
2000m 2150m 2500m 2650m 2450m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 22 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
End Of Season 28 days ago
2
1
8
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 2003 m
2100m 2300m 2500m 2600m 2450m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

40
No Info 29 days ago
2
1
23
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2152 m
1950m 2150m 2500m 2700m 2400m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

150
10
End Of Season
2
3
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1894 m
2050m 2350m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 28 days ago

End Of Season
3
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1318 m
2100m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 28 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
End Of Season 47 days ago
2
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1327 m
2100m 2350m 2500m 2600m 2450m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 28 days ago

End Of Season 29 days ago
9
2
8
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 2134 m
2000m 2300m 2500m 2650m 2400m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

172
×
Closed
5
6
17
light snow
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
2100m 2150m 2550m 2750m 2350m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 4 days ago

Champéry webcam
90
60
Hard
Slush
20 cm
28 days ago
4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1658 m
2100m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

100
45
Sat 28 days ago
6
6
5
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 2186 m
2050m 2400m 2450m 2600m 2400m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report 14 days ago

30
100
Slushy
Spring
26 days ago
4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1730 m
2100m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

60
Spring yesterday
8
14
7
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
2050m 2300m 2450m 2650m 2400m

(1045m — 1893m)

2
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1469 m
2100m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

55
×
Closed
28 days ago
3
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
2100m 2400m 2500m 2600m 2400m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season
4
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1388 m
2050m 2100m 2550m 2700m 2400m

(1480m — 2210m)

1
11
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1845 m
2050m 2100m 2550m 2700m 2400m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

250
33

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
6
10
16
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
2100m 2150m 2550m 2750m 2350m

(1720m — 3057m)

5
6
17
light snow
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
2100m 2100m 2550m 2750m 2350m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 4 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
215
Spring snow
Spring snow
15 cm
28 days ago
6
7
6
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 2250 m
2050m 2350m 2500m 2600m 2400m
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