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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 was a very mixed picture on Thursday 18th in the Swiss Alps. Up to 30cm of fresh snow fell on Wednesday and overnight, but warm temperatures brought rain up to 2,500m for most resorts during Thursday. At altitude some good amounts of new snow will have accumulated, but lower down much of yesterday's fall will be washed away.The greatest amount of snow fell in the Bernese Oberland, at resorts such as Gstaad (0/65cm), Wengen (0/25cm) and Crans Montana (5/40cm). However due to Thursday's rain, only very limited skiing was available at these resorts and heavy piste conditions were prevalent below 2,500m. The best skiing during the week has been at altitude, with the pick of the conditions at Zermatt (5/95cm) and Saas Fee (25/190cm) up at altitude. New snow should improve the piste conditions for the weekend, but resort runs may become icy once the forecast cooler weather arrives on Saturday. After a warm and mostly sunny Friday, Saturday should bring much colder weather and the potential for some light snowfall, especially in the north of Switzerland.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 38 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

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A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (4) Best piste conditions (38)

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 3 days ago

Adelboden webcam
25
3
Fair
Limited
5 cm
4 days ago
5
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1875 m
2800m 3150m 2250m 1150m 200m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

Aeschi webcam
×
Closed
4
3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1312 m
2850m 3150m 2300m 1150m 200m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 11 days ago

Airolo webcam
120
50
old 35 days ago
5
4
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
2600m 3200m 2250m 1300m 350m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

5
End Of Season on 24 Mar
14
5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1836 m
2550m 3000m 2350m 1100m 250m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 11 days ago

5
Powder
Powder
14 days ago
13
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
2500m 3050m 2350m 1100m 250m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 3 days ago

Andermatt webcam
280
1

Good

Varied
10 cm
4 days ago
8
2
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
2700m 3200m 2300m 1200m 300m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 3 days ago

Anzère webcam
30
×
Closed
Limited
2 cm
5 days ago
3
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1942 m
2950m 3250m 2300m 1200m 200m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
90
22

Good
2
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2500 m
3150m 3350m 2350m 1350m 150m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 3 days ago

Arosa webcam
50
10

Good
Limited
10 cm
4 days ago
8
3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
2500m 3100m 2450m 1150m 200m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 13 days ago

×
Closed
16 days ago
9
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1184 m
2600m 3050m 2300m 1100m 250m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

35
10
×
Closed
5 days ago
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2282 m
2550m 3250m 2500m 1250m 250m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
10
×
Closed
6 days ago
5
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1576 m
2850m 3150m 2300m 1150m 250m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

93
×
Closed
6
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2211 m
2900m 3250m 2250m 1300m 250m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 10 days ago

100
20
Powder
Powder
15 days ago
7
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
2900m 3250m 2250m 1300m 300m

(1594m — 3019m)

5
1
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
2500m 3200m 2500m 1250m 250m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 11 days ago

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
97
20

Fresh

Fresh
14 days ago
7
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
2900m 3250m 2250m 1250m 250m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
60
6
×
Closed
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
2600m 3250m 2550m 1300m 250m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

50
20
×
Closed
on 26 Mar
4
1
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1900 m
2950m 3200m 2400m 1450m 350m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

Braunwald webcam
×
Closed
5 days ago
15
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
2350m 3050m 2300m 1100m 250m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 5 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
×
Closed
5 days ago
6
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
2850m 3200m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

35
8
×
Closed
10
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
2350m 3100m 2300m 1150m 250m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

10
×
Closed
11 days ago
3
5
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1894 m
3100m 3300m 2350m 1250m 150m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 5 days ago

Sat
3
5
clear
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
2950m 3150m 2350m 1250m 250m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
4
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1327 m
2850m 3150m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
5 days ago
4
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2134 m
2950m 3250m 2250m 1300m 250m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

88
3
×
Closed
3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
2600m 3250m 2550m 1300m 250m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 3 days ago

Champéry webcam
10
5
×
Closed
Limited
5 cm
5 days ago
2
7
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1658 m
3050m 3200m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 34 days ago
3
6
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2186 m
3100m 3300m 2350m 1250m 150m

(1310m — 2150m)

2
7
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1730 m
3050m 3200m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 10 days ago

40
Artificial
3
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2326 m
2950m 3250m 2300m 1250m 200m

(1045m — 1893m)

4
5
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1469 m
2950m 3150m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
14 days ago
2
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1600 m
2950m 3150m 2350m 1200m 200m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 5 days ago
7
2
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
2500m 3050m 2400m 1150m 200m

(1480m — 2210m)

8
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1845 m
2500m 3100m 2450m 1150m 200m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 10 days ago

100
13
Powder
Powder
17 days ago
3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
2650m 3250m 2550m 1350m 300m

(1720m — 3057m)

3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
2600m 3250m 2550m 1300m 250m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 3 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
40
5
Poor
Limited
20 cm
4 days ago
3
4
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2250 m
2950m 3250m 2300m 1200m 200m
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