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 Following the period of cold weather and snow, ski conditions in Switzerland remain very good for the time of year. Base depths on the upper slopes are generally good, and thanks to freezing temperatures, the groomers have been able to create some nice on piste conditions. Off piste, there are some still fresh lines to be had for those resorts that received new snow over the last few days. The resorts around the Matterhorn region are offering some of the best conditions at present. Saas Fee (10/255cm), Zermatt (0/155cm) and Zinal (5/115cm) where all looking in good nick, and were enjoying a lovely bluebird day on Thursday 20th April. The forecast for this weekend is predominately sunny, with rising temperatures for most resort. However, by Monday 24th we could see further snowfall right across the country.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 208resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 41 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z 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
70

Good
Best up high
10 cm
4 days ago
10
73
clear
clear
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1875 m
2150m 2600m 2150m 1200m 800m

(999m — 1626m)

1
40
clear
clear
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1312 m
2100m 2550m 2100m 1150m 800m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 22 days ago

Airolo webcam
No Info 31 days ago
56
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
2150m 2300m 2200m 1550m 950m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 32 days ago
30
122
2
light snow
rain showers
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1836 m
1550m 2150m 1900m 900m 800m

(1103m — 1956m)

19
107
2
snow showers
rain showers
heavy rain
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1530 m
1600m 2100m 1900m 900m 800m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 2 days ago

Andermatt webcam
400

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
20
99
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
2050m 2300m 2150m 1450m 900m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 2 days ago

Anzère webcam
90

Good
Best up high
9 cm
45 days ago
33
clear
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1942 m
2400m 2550m 2300m 1550m 850m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 5 days ago

Arolla webcam
End Of Season 21 days ago
13
75
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2500 m
2350m 2500m 2350m 1750m 800m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arosa webcam
5
65
2
partly cloudy
rain showers
snow showers
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2200 m
1750m 2150m 2300m 1350m 850m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 31 days ago

End Of Season 47 days ago
8
44
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1184 m
1550m 2300m 1800m 800m 750m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 3 days ago

End Of Season
7
67
clear
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
2000m 2200m 2250m 1600m 900m

(1200m — 1951m)

Beatenberg webcam
1
41
clear
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
2050m 2550m 2050m 1100m 800m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 6 days ago

125

Good

Varied
6 days ago
13
80
clear
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2211 m
2250m 2400m 2300m 1600m 850m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 18 days ago

End Of Season
16
91
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2084 m
2200m 2350m 2250m 1600m 900m

(1594m — 3019m)

9
85
2
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2306 m
1850m 2200m 2300m 1550m 900m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
27
119
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2681 m
2150m 2400m 2250m 1550m 900m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report 5 days ago

Bivio webcam
End Of Season 5 days ago
12
82
1
clear
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2514 m
2000m 2250m 2250m 1700m 900m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday


Good
21 days ago
14
66
clear
light rain
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
2300m 2300m 2150m 1650m 1100m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
30 days ago
18
111
2
snow showers
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1861 m
1750m 2050m 2000m 1000m 800m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 27 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
End Of Season 31 days ago
15
77
clear
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2003 m
2000m 2500m 2050m 1100m 800m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
100

Good
31 days ago
15
98
1
snow showers
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2152 m
1850m 2250m 2150m 1250m 850m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report 5 days ago

77
30

Good
21 days ago
46
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1894 m
2450m 2650m 2400m 1650m 800m

(929m — 1707m)

3
55
partly cloudy
clear
moderate rain
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1318 m
2100m 2550m 2000m 900m 850m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
1
45
clear
clear
heavy rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1327 m
1950m 2500m 1900m 950m 800m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 28 days ago

No Info 31 days ago
4
36
clear
clear
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 2134 m
2350m 2500m 2350m 1650m 850m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

102

Good
45 days ago
11
83
1
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2390 m
1950m 2300m 2300m 1750m 1050m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 2 days ago

Champéry webcam
2
70
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1658 m
2300m 2600m 2200m 1250m 850m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 28 days ago
9
70
1
clear
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2186 m
2500m 2650m 2400m 1650m 800m

(1310m — 2150m)

Champoussin webcam
2
72
clear
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1730 m
2300m 2600m 2200m 1250m 850m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

Chandolin webcam
80

Good
28 days ago
2
26
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
2400m 2550m 2350m 1650m 850m

(1045m — 1893m)

3
74
partly cloudy
clear
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1469 m
2100m 2550m 2000m 950m 850m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

Château d'Oex webcam
50
10

Good
47 days ago
2
76
partly cloudy
clear
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1600 m
2250m 2550m 2100m 1100m 850m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 28 days ago

×
Closed
47 days ago
1
30
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
1750m 2250m 2200m 1150m 850m

(1480m — 2210m)

1
33
clear
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1845 m
1800m 2250m 2250m 1300m 850m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 2 days ago

52
10
Packed 49 days ago
12
76
1
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2550 m
2100m 2250m 2250m 1800m 1100m

(1720m — 3057m)

12
84
1
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2388 m
1950m 2300m 2300m 1750m 1000m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
5
39
clear
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 2250 m
2400m 2550m 2300m 1550m 850m