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 No great change in conditions in Switzerland on Thursday 8th of December. Clear sunny and dry is the standard at all of the currently open resorts. The best options still remain the high altitude resorts around The Matterhorn or resorts with north facing slopes. On piste conditions are still good but becoming a mix of hard pack and loose sugar snow. New snow is desperately needed. Looking forward, the high pressure weather trend continues. For the first time this month, however, snow is appearing in the long range forecast. Snowfalls may start by mid-December but are far more likely to start later.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 17 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Switzerland

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (17)

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

10
Fair
Heavy
10 cm
13 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
3400m 3450m 2800m 2150m 2250m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 20 days ago

Aeschi webcam
×
Closed
on 8 Mar
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1312 m
3350m 3450m 2800m 2150m 2250m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 14 days ago

Airolo webcam
No Info
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
3350m 3450m 2500m 1800m 2050m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

×
Closed
19 days ago
2
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1836 m
3200m 3400m 2550m 1650m 2000m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 23 days ago

End Of Season 27 days ago
1
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
3250m 3400m 2550m 1600m 1950m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
110
Fair
Varied
30 cm
15 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
3350m 3450m 2550m 1750m 2100m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
70

Good
Windblown
10 cm
19 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1942 m
3400m 3450m 2800m 2300m 2250m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
59
×
Closed
14 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
3250m 3350m 2450m 1950m 2100m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

Arosa webcam
50
10
Artificial
Patchy
10 cm
19 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
3250m 3450m 2500m 1550m 1900m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 15 days ago

×
Closed
on 15 Mar
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1184 m
3250m 3400m 2600m 1800m 2100m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 25 days ago

×
Closed
26 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
3350m 3400m 2500m 1650m 2000m

(1200m — 1951m)

Beatenberg webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1576 m
3350m 3450m 2800m 2150m 2250m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report today

45
×
Closed
24 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2211 m
3300m 3350m 2600m 2050m 2150m

(1609m — 2559m)

opens in 9 days
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
3300m 3400m 2550m 1900m 2100m

(1594m — 3019m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2306 m
3300m 3400m 2400m 1500m 1900m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
3250m 3350m 2550m 1900m 2100m

(2054m — 2973m)

Bivio webcam
opens in 14 days
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
3300m 3400m 2400m 1550m 1900m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

45
End Of Season 12 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1900 m
3350m 3450m 2600m 2000m 2000m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
10

Good
23 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1861 m
3250m 3450m 2500m 1550m 1950m

(1684m — 2322m)

Brienz - Axalp webcam
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
3300m 3400m 2700m 2000m 2200m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

30
Artificial 26 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2152 m
3300m 3450m 2500m 1650m 2100m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

65
10

Good
26 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1894 m
3400m 3450m 2750m 2200m 2300m

(929m — 1707m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1318 m
3400m 3450m 2800m 2150m 2250m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 7 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
No Info
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1327 m
3300m 3450m 2750m 2100m 2250m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 23 days ago

×
Closed
24 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2134 m
3350m 3400m 2750m 2250m 2250m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

40
1
×
Closed
4 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
3300m 3400m 2350m 1500m 1850m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

Champéry webcam
15
×
Closed
Limited
30 cm
27 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1658 m
3450m 3500m 2850m 2150m 2300m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

×
Closed
on 29 Mar
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2186 m
3450m 3450m 2800m 2200m 2350m

(1310m — 2150m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1730 m
3450m 3500m 2850m 2150m 2300m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

40

Good
24 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2326 m
3350m 3450m 2750m 2300m 2300m

(1045m — 1893m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
3400m 3450m 2800m 2100m 2250m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

30
×
Closed
24 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1600 m
3400m 3500m 2800m 2150m 2200m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 16 days ago

No Info 28 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1388 m
3250m 3450m 2600m 1750m 2100m

(1480m — 2210m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1845 m
3250m 3450m 2600m 1750m 2100m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report today

35
15
Packed 15 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2550 m
3350m 3450m 2400m 1650m 1900m

(1720m — 3057m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
3300m 3400m 2350m 1500m 1850m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
50
Hard packed
Patchy
30 cm
27 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2250 m
3400m 3450m 2800m 2300m 2250m