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 Thursday March 23rd was a mostly cloudy and snowy day in Switzerland. Conditions are fairly varied around Switzerland right now, although cloud and light snow is the dominate feature. Andermatt (18/400cm) was reporting an astonishing 90cm of fresh snow this morning, this huge overnight snowfall prevented all but six lifts from spinning today. Briefly focusing on this ski area, the next 72 hours will bring improving atmospheric conditions. Potentially some outstanding skiing to be found this weekend, although snow conditions and the avalanche problem will differ dramatically with only small changes in altitude. Elsewhere Engelberg (20/72cm) and Leysin (10/80cm) also received around 20cms in the past 24 hours. There was some varied and windblown snowfalls around The Eigar and The Matterhorn. Saas Fee (20/203cm) was mostly closed today due to the current extreme weather in the high alpine. With all this varied storm activity, snow conditions are best described as changeable. For those heading out this weekend or next week, the key to finding the best conditions will be finding the right altitude. Generally speaking the higher the better, but this isn't always the case in the spring. Expect to find different types of snow all over the mountain. Keep in mind that snow transforms quickly throughout the day influencing both the piste quality and the avalanche risk. Expect upper slopes and zones to close early due to evolving avalanche hazards.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 35resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 41 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 powder (3)Best piste conditions (41)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report 2 days ago

Adelboden webcam
100
Heavy
Varied
12 cm
3 days ago
1
1
44
light snow
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1875 m
2000m 2400m 2400m 2550m 3050m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 16 days ago

Aeschi webcam
×
Closed
19 days ago
5
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1312 m
2000m 2500m 2400m 2550m 3000m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
160

Good
15
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1712 m
2050m 2150m 2350m 2550m 2850m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

100

Good
19 days ago
1
58
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1836 m
1900m 2500m 2450m 2450m 2850m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 10 days ago

End Of Season 19 days ago
55
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1530 m
1950m 2450m 2400m 2450m 2850m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 2 days ago

Andermatt webcam
400
10
Heavy
Heavy
30 cm
2 days ago
43
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
2000m 2200m 2400m 2500m 2850m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 2 days ago

Anzère webcam
120
5
Spring snow
Best up high
9 cm
17 days ago
22
snow showers
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1942 m
2200m 2400m 2450m 2600m 3000m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arolla webcam
212
19
Packed 3 days ago
9
3
93
light snow
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
2250m 2250m 2450m 2450m 2950m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arosa webcam
150
80
Spring snow
Heavy
5 cm
4 days ago
34
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
2050m 2300m 2450m 2450m 2750m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 3 days ago

End Of Season 19 days ago
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1184 m
2000m 2650m 2450m 2400m 2850m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

68
Fair
1
37
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2282 m
2150m 2300m 2450m 2500m 2800m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 9 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
No Info
21
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1576 m
2000m 2500m 2400m 2550m 3000m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 2 days ago

160

Good
Heavy
2 days ago
1
2
48
snow showers
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2211 m
2200m 2200m 2400m 2500m 2900m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

25
10
Spring 3 days ago
1
2
47
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2084 m
2150m 2050m 2350m 2500m 2900m

(1594m — 3019m)

1
49
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2306 m
2100m 2300m 2450m 2450m 2750m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
1
3
88
light snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2681 m
2100m 2100m 2350m 2450m 2900m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
80
15
old 3 days ago
2
49
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
2150m 2300m 2500m 2450m 2750m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

140
140

Good
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1900 m
2200m 2050m 2400m 2550m 2850m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

30
15
Hard 3 days ago
1
58
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1861 m
1950m 2200m 2400m 2450m 2800m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
60

Good
2
44
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2003 m
2050m 2450m 2450m 2500m 2950m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
100
Packed 3 days ago
43
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2152 m
2000m 2250m 2400m 2450m 2800m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

85
30

Good
19 days ago
1
37
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1894 m
2150m 2350m 2400m 2600m 3050m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 9 days ago

End Of Season 18 days ago
6
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1318 m
1900m 2400m 2400m 2600m 3050m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 13 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
End Of Season 47 days ago
3
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1327 m
1950m 2500m 2450m 2550m 3000m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

30
5
×
Closed
1
17
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2134 m
2250m 2400m 2450m 2550m 2950m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

102

Good
17 days ago
1
50
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
2150m 2300m 2500m 2450m 2750m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 2 days ago

Champéry webcam
120
Spring snow
Heavy
5 cm
2 days ago
47
light snow
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1658 m
1850m 2350m 2400m 2650m 3100m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

120
2

Good
2
1
61
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2186 m
2100m 2300m 2400m 2650m 3050m

(1310m — 2150m)

Champoussin webcam
48
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1730 m
1850m 2350m 2400m 2650m 3100m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

Chandolin webcam
135
Fair 18 days ago
16
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2326 m
2250m 2450m 2450m 2550m 2950m

(1045m — 1893m)

34
light rain
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1900m 2400m 2400m 2600m 3050m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

Château d'Oex webcam
50
10
×
Closed
19 days ago
41
light rain
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1600 m
1900m 2400m 2400m 2600m 3050m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

25
×
Closed
19 days ago
8
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1388 m
2050m 2450m 2450m 2500m 2800m

(1480m — 2210m)

12
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1845 m
2050m 2450m 2450m 2500m 2800m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

67
15
Packed 21 days ago
2
43
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2550 m
2200m 2250m 2500m 2500m 2700m

(1720m — 3057m)

2
50
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
2150m 2300m 2500m 2450m 2750m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
280

Good
Best up high
40 cm
19 days ago
1
28
snow showers
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2250 m
2200m 2400m 2450m 2600m 3000m