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 Monday 27th February was a mostly stable and spring like day in Switzerland. Last week's snowfalls have lightly refreshed the pistes and current on snow conditions are very enjoyable, although far more spring like then we would normally expect for February. Clouds will increase later this evening as Switzerland heads into a week of much needed snowfall. Tuesday will see widespread moderate to heavy snowfalls at all of our featured Swiss resorts. Expect powder and storm skiing conditions to remain all week before another round of heavy snowfalls over the weekend.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 211resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 79 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (79)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

Adelboden webcam
60
17

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
53
25
57
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
1450m 1150m 1800m 2150m 1500m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

Aeschi webcam
5
×
Closed
16
13
29
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1312 m
1500m 1300m 1950m 2350m 1600m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

Airolo webcam
100
10

Good
18 days ago
30
55
42
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
1400m 950m 1750m 1600m 1400m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

90
20

Good
58
37
40
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
1450m 1200m 1750m 2250m 1500m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report yesterday

40
10
old 3 days ago
42
35
40
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
1400m 1100m 1700m 2200m 1500m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
215
30

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
45
71
66
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1450m 1000m 1750m 1700m 1500m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
105

Good
Spring snow
5 cm
19 days ago
41
11
37
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1942 m
1400m 1050m 1850m 2000m 1650m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
161
30
Packed 4 days ago
63
51
139
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2500 m
1400m 1000m 2000m 2000m 1600m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

Arosa webcam
100
60

Good
Packed
4 cm
4 days ago
35
16
11
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2200 m
1550m 850m 1400m 1750m 1550m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report yesterday

10
3
×
Closed
16
14
23
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1184 m
1500m 1300m 1750m 2350m 1600m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

52
Fair
47
61
27
moderate snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
1650m 800m 1550m 1650m 1650m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
No Info
23
19
31
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1576 m
1500m 1350m 1950m 2400m 1600m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 5 days ago

110

Good
Packed
15 days ago
40
67
91
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2211 m
1500m 1050m 1900m 1800m 1650m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report yesterday

40
30
old 7 days ago
43
84
89
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
1450m 1050m 1900m 1750m 1600m

(1594m — 3019m)

49
47
27
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
1650m 750m 1450m 1700m 1600m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
66
110
134
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
1450m 1100m 1900m 1800m 1650m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
75
35
Packed 4 days ago
56
74
35
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
1650m 750m 1550m 1700m 1600m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

100
60

Good
18 days ago
43
92
51
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
1350m 1000m 1700m 1500m 1400m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

85
55
Hard 3 days ago
41
42
51
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
1450m 850m 1550m 1850m 1450m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

Brienz - Axalp webcam
55

Good
43
51
64
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2003 m
1450m 1100m 1850m 2050m 1550m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report 3 days ago

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
90
20
Packed 4 days ago
37
37
38
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
1450m 900m 1500m 1750m 1550m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

80
21

Good
19 days ago
55
15
56
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1894 m
1450m 1150m 1950m 2050m 1600m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report yesterday

2
×
Closed
28
14
29
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
1450m 1300m 1900m 2400m 1350m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report yesterday

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
45
35

Good
16
16
26
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1327 m
1450m 1300m 1900m 2350m 1550m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report yesterday

60
20

Good
20 days ago
23
29
54
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2134 m
1450m 1000m 1900m 1900m 1700m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

77
24

Good
17 days ago
55
65
34
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
1650m 750m 1550m 1700m 1500m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

Champéry webcam
100
25
Spring snow
Varied
10 cm
4 days ago
81
26
50
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1658 m
1350m 1100m 1750m 2150m 1350m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

86
56

Good
20 days ago
91
24
78
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2186 m
1400m 1200m 1950m 2100m 1550m

(1310m — 2150m)

Champoussin webcam
84
27
53
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1730 m
1350m 1100m 1750m 2150m 1350m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

Chandolin webcam
100
10

Good
19 days ago
32
15
47
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2326 m
1450m 1000m 1850m 2000m 1750m

(1045m — 1893m)

43
17
41
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1469 m
1450m 1250m 1850m 2350m 1350m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

Château d'Oex webcam
50
35
×
Closed
22 days ago
61
21
50
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1600 m
1400m 1200m 1800m 2300m 1400m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

25
×
Closed
16
4
1
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1388 m
1450m 950m 1450m 1850m 1600m

(1480m — 2210m)

22
10
4
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1845 m
1500m 1000m 1450m 1850m 1650m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

61
40
Packed 11 days ago
57
70
32
heavy snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
1600m 800m 1600m 1700m 1550m

(1720m — 3057m)

56
65
35
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
1650m 700m 1550m 1700m 1550m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
210
Spring snow
Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
50
15
46
heavy snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2250 m
1400m 1050m 1850m 2000m 1650m