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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 Monday 22nd December dawned sunny and mild across Switzerland, with the freezing level topping 3,000m. This warm weather is forecast to stay until Christmas Eve when fortunately temperatures will drop back significantly.Several resorts opened properly for the first time this season over the weekend. This included Murren (12/48cm), although skiing was limited to the Birg area high above the village. Skiing was also available at Adelboden (0/25cm), with 17 lifts providing access to a limited selection of slopes. The best skiing remained at altitude over the weekend, with Zermatt (5/95cm) offering over 250km of slopes. Saas Fee (22/178cm) has also been faring well this season, and was operating 18 out of 21 lifts and 90km of slopes on Monday. Unfortunately some of the lower resorts have been unable to open yet, including Champery in the Portes du Soleil, although skiing is on offer over the border at Avoriaz. Les Mosses and the First area above Grindelwald are also yet to open.There is some good news on the horizon as the temperature drops back on Christmas Eve. Freezing levels should fall to 500m and some light snow is forecast for Christmas/Boxing Day. The long range outlook is looking good for some heavy snow at the weekend, however keep an eye on the forecast as this season has been hard predict at times.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 66 resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 37 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

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    Verbier is opening more terrain! La Tsoumaz is now open...

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (4) Best piste conditions (37)

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
1
33
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1875 m
2850m 3150m 2300m 1100m 250m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

Aeschi webcam
×
Closed
1
16
clear
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1312 m
2900m 3150m 2350m 1100m 250m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 11 days ago

Airolo webcam
120
50
old 35 days ago
2
32
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1712 m
3000m 3250m 2250m 1300m 300m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

5
End Of Season on 24 Mar
6
53
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1836 m
2600m 3000m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 11 days ago

5
Powder
Powder
14 days ago
6
45
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1530 m
2600m 3000m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 3 days ago

Andermatt webcam
280
1

Good

Varied
10 cm
4 days ago
3
40
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2200 m
2850m 3200m 2250m 1200m 300m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 3 days ago

Anzère webcam
30
×
Closed
Limited
2 cm
5 days ago
1
29
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1942 m
3000m 3250m 2350m 1150m 300m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
90
22

Good
1
29
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2500 m
3250m 3350m 2350m 1250m 300m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 3 days ago

Arosa webcam
50
10

Good
Limited
10 cm
4 days ago
2
35
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2200 m
2650m 3100m 2550m 1150m 250m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 13 days ago

×
Closed
16 days ago
4
39
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1184 m
2650m 3000m 2350m 1200m 300m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

35
10
×
Closed
5 days ago
19
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
2900m 3250m 2550m 1150m 250m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
10
×
Closed
6 days ago
1
31
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1576 m
2900m 3150m 2350m 1150m 250m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report today

91
×
Closed
2
35
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2211 m
3050m 3250m 2250m 1200m 300m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 10 days ago

100
20
Powder
Powder
15 days ago
2
37
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2084 m
3050m 3250m 2250m 1250m 250m

(1594m — 3019m)

2
26
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2306 m
2750m 3200m 2550m 1100m 250m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 11 days ago

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
97
20

Fresh

Fresh
14 days ago
2
42
partially cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
3000m 3250m 2250m 1200m 250m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
60
6
×
Closed
21
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
2900m 3250m 2600m 1150m 250m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

50
20
×
Closed
on 26 Mar
1
25
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1900 m
3050m 3250m 2450m 1400m 350m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
10
×
Closed
5 days ago
7
48
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1861 m
2500m 3050m 2300m 1150m 300m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 5 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
×
Closed
5 days ago
2
39
clear
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2003 m
2900m 3200m 2350m 1100m 250m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

35
8
×
Closed
4
41
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2152 m
2600m 3100m 2350m 1100m 300m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

10
×
Closed
11 days ago
1
28
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1894 m
3100m 3300m 2350m 1200m 300m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

Sat
16
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1318 m
3000m 3100m 2400m 1250m 300m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
1
25
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1327 m
2900m 3150m 2400m 1200m 300m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
5 days ago
1
29
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 2134 m
3100m 3300m 2250m 1250m 300m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

88
3
×
Closed
21
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2390 m
2850m 3250m 2600m 1150m 250m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 3 days ago

Champéry webcam
10
5
×
Closed
Limited
5 cm
5 days ago
1
27
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1658 m
3050m 3200m 2450m 1200m 300m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

No Info 34 days ago
1
34
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2186 m
3100m 3300m 2400m 1200m 300m

(1310m — 2150m)

1
28
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1730 m
3050m 3200m 2450m 1200m 300m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 10 days ago

40
Artificial
1
32
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2326 m
3050m 3300m 2300m 1200m 300m

(1045m — 1893m)

1
24
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1469 m
2950m 3150m 2400m 1200m 300m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

×
Closed
14 days ago
26
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1600 m
2950m 3150m 2400m 1200m 300m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

×
Closed
5 days ago
2
30
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1388 m
2650m 3050m 2500m 1150m 250m

(1480m — 2210m)

3
34
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1845 m
2650m 3100m 2500m 1150m 250m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 10 days ago

100
13
Powder
Powder
17 days ago
19
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 2550 m
2950m 3250m 2650m 1200m 300m

(1720m — 3057m)

21
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2388 m
2900m 3250m 2600m 1150m 250m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 3 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
40
5
Poor
Limited
20 cm
4 days ago
1
33
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2250 m
3000m 3250m 2350m 1150m 300m
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