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 snow accumulation of up to 40cm earlier this week, the sun returned to the sky on Thursday 28th April. Temperatures have been low and slopes have been quiet, meaning there was some great skiing on offer for those that ventured out. The best conditions can currently be found at Engleberg (5/375cm); the resort received 30cm of new snow on the 27th April, providing some great skiing being served by 9 running lifts. Elsewhere, Pontresina (15/24cm) remains open despite limited cover of snow in places. Looking to the weekend, the resorts that are still open should see some cloud with the chance of the odd snow shower. Temperatures are forecasted to be around freezing level at mid-mountain, and Friday should see it get as low as -4C in Zermatt (0/220cm).

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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 20 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 (1)Best piste conditions (20)

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 yesterday

40
5

Good

Varied
25 cm
2 days ago
27
1
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
1750m 1650m 1150m 1650m 2100m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 18 days ago

Aeschi webcam
End Of Season 52 days ago
15
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
1800m 1650m 1200m 1700m 2150m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 26 days ago

Airolo webcam
No Info
35
light snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
1800m 1600m 1400m 1850m 2100m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 21 days ago
22
10
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1836 m
1800m 1700m 1300m 1900m 2100m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 32 days ago

End Of Season 35 days ago
19
4
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
1700m 1650m 1250m 1850m 2100m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
45
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
1750m 1600m 1350m 1800m 2000m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
13
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1942 m
1750m 1700m 1200m 1800m 2300m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 19 days ago

Arolla webcam
End Of Season 20 days ago
41
4
9
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
1700m 1650m 1250m 1800m 2050m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

Arosa webcam
27
4
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
1850m 1850m 1300m 1700m 2050m

(975m — 1393m)

11
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1184 m
1800m 1650m 1300m 1950m 2100m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 24 days ago

End Of Season 35 days ago
30
1
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
1850m 1800m 1400m 1850m 2150m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 12 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
End Of Season
18
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1576 m
1850m 1650m 1200m 1750m 2150m

(1322m — 3100m)

49
2
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2211 m
1800m 1700m 1350m 1850m 2150m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 12 days ago

End Of Season
54
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
1800m 1650m 1400m 1850m 2100m

(1594m — 3019m)

26
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2306 m
1850m 1850m 1450m 1800m 2000m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
76
5
21
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
1800m 1650m 1350m 1850m 2050m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report 18 days ago

Bivio webcam
×
Closed
20 days ago
28
2
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
1850m 1850m 1500m 1900m 2100m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

70
70
No Info 21 days ago
50
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1900 m
1850m 1700m 1550m 2000m 2400m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

Braunwald webcam
End Of Season 36 days ago
32
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1861 m
1650m 1600m 1250m 1750m 2050m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 32 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
End Of Season 32 days ago
41
1
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
1850m 1700m 1250m 1750m 2150m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

90
10
End Of Season 53 days ago
37
3
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2152 m
1750m 1600m 1250m 1750m 2000m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

160
30

Good
30 days ago
18
1
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1894 m
1750m 1650m 1200m 1700m 2150m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 29 days ago

End Of Season 52 days ago
12
clear
snow showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1318 m
1750m 1550m 1200m 1850m 2150m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
16
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1327 m
1850m 1650m 1200m 1750m 2200m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 31 days ago

×
Closed
35 days ago
21
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2134 m
1850m 1700m 1300m 1850m 2300m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

112
6
×
Closed
11 days ago
20
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
1850m 1850m 1600m 1900m 2000m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

Champéry webcam
21
1
clear
light snow
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
1800m 1650m 1100m 1700m 2200m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season 31 days ago
28
2
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2186 m
1750m 1650m 1200m 1700m 2150m

(1310m — 2150m)

21
2
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
1800m 1650m 1100m 1700m 2200m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

130

Good
20 days ago
15
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2326 m
1800m 1700m 1250m 1850m 2350m

(1045m — 1893m)

15
1
clear
snow showers
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
1750m 1600m 1200m 1750m 2150m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

60

Good
52 days ago
18
1
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1800m 1600m 1150m 1700m 2150m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 32 days ago

End Of Season 34 days ago
14
1
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
1850m 1700m 1250m 1750m 2050m

(1480m — 2210m)

20
1
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1845 m
1900m 1750m 1250m 1700m 2050m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report today

145
Packed 3 days ago
17
2
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2550 m
1850m 1850m 1700m 2000m 2150m

(1720m — 3057m)

20
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
1850m 1850m 1600m 1900m 2000m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
16
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 2250 m
1750m 1700m 1200m 1800m 2300m