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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 Fluctuating freezing levels have resulted in some heavy conditions on the lower slopes of our featured Swiss resorts. The snow level touched as high as 2,000m in parts of the western Alps, but was dropping back to below 1,000m during the course of the day on Monday 2nd March. Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported at several resorts on Monday morning, with the most settling above 2,000m owing to the milder temperatures. Some of the biggest beneficiaries were the Jungfrau Region resorts of Grindelwald (15/166cm), Murren (80/195cm) and Wengen (30/115cm), which caught 20cm by 9am, with more falling during the day.Over in the east of the country Flims/Laax (40/290cm) also picked up 20cm of new snow, although high winds prevented 10 of the resort's 29 lifts from turning. Another resort to benefit in this region was Samnuan (45/150cm), where 15cm of new snow was recorded overnight. Unfortunately the winds were also causing issues, with only 28 of the resorts 45 lifts spinning across the linked area with Ischgl.More snow is set to fall through the remainder of Monday and continue on and off until Thursday. The precipitation is set to get lighter, but another 20-30cm is possible on top of what was falling already on Monday. A welcome return to sunshine is currently forecast for Friday.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 210 resorts. Powder is reported at 45 resorts and 104 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 (45) Best piste conditions (104)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report today

Adelboden webcam
130
35
Powder
Powder
13 cm
today
39
light snow
moderate snow
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
800m 200m 550m 1250m 1750m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

Aeschi webcam
30
20
End Of Season
23
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1312 m
850m 250m 550m 1250m 1800m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
220
50

Fresh

Fresh
today
16
1
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
700m 200m 600m 1250m 1800m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

160
50

Good
40
moderate snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1836 m
950m 450m 400m 650m 1350m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

80
30
Wet yesterday
39
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1530 m
850m 450m 400m 700m 1300m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
500
74
Powder
Powder
50 cm
today
26
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
700m 250m 550m 1200m 1750m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
150
20
Powder
Powder
25 cm
today
28
1
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1942 m
800m 350m 650m 1450m 1950m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Arolla webcam
156
78
Packed 2 days ago
35
5
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
650m 200m 800m 1500m 2000m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

Arosa webcam
120
90
Powder
Powder
40 cm
today
25
2
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
700m 200m 400m 700m 1300m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

80
30
×
Closed
4 days ago
22
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1184 m
850m 300m 450m 700m 1400m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

130
68

Good
15
3
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
850m 200m 450m 950m 1450m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
80
2

Good
23
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1576 m
850m 250m 500m 1250m 1800m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

185
15

Excellent

Fresh
yesterday
29
2
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2211 m
800m 200m 700m 1400m 1900m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

180
95
Powder
Powder
yesterday
29
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
800m 200m 700m 1350m 1850m

(1594m — 3019m)

23
4
moderate snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2306 m
750m 200m 450m 900m 1350m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
188
105
Spring today
37
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2681 m
800m 200m 650m 1350m 1900m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
135
70
Packed yesterday
16
3
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
850m 200m 450m 950m 1400m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

250
130

Good
10
1
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1900 m
850m 500m 700m 1500m 1750m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
140
80
Powder
Powder
today
42
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1861 m
650m 400m 450m 700m 1300m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
100
×
Closed
34
1
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
700m 200m 550m 1250m 1750m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

130
30
Packed today
36
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2152 m
650m 350m 450m 900m 1400m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

235
49

Good
33
2
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1894 m
800m 250m 700m 1650m 2200m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

25
20
Sat 7 days ago
20
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
950m 550m 500m 1550m 1950m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
50
30

Good
21
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1327 m
700m 250m 500m 1200m 1700m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

90
40
Packed today
18
2
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2134 m
650m 250m 750m 1450m 1950m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

154
33
×
Closed
21
4
1
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
850m 200m 450m 900m 1350m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

Champéry webcam
120
30
Powder
Varied
15 cm
today
28
light snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
900m 500m 650m 1900m 2450m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

113
80

Good
7 days ago
43
1
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 2186 m
800m 250m 700m 1700m 2150m

(1310m — 2150m)

28
light snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
900m 500m 650m 1900m 2450m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

150
10
Powder
Powder
yesterday
21
2
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
650m 200m 700m 1450m 1950m

(1045m — 1893m)

27
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1469 m
900m 500m 500m 1450m 1900m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

40
15
×
Closed
7 days ago
34
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
900m 450m 500m 1450m 1850m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

30
Packed today
15
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
800m 200m 400m 700m 1300m

(1480m — 2210m)

16
1
light snow
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1845 m
800m 200m 400m 700m 1350m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 2 days ago

189
60
Packed 9 days ago
16
4
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2550 m
900m 250m 500m 950m 1400m

(1720m — 3057m)

21
4
1
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
850m 200m 450m 900m 1350m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
220
31
Powder
Powder
30 cm
today
28
1
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 2250 m
650m 200m 650m 1450m 1950m
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