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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 Heavy snow was falling on the morning of Thursday 29th January across Switzerland, following some great falls earlier in the week. As a result conditions are excellent across the country although the avalanche danger has reached Level 4 in the southwest. Stay on piste in this region and be very careful elsewhere as the danger is still at Level 3. Murren (80/145cm) saw 30cm of fresh snow by Tuesday morning, making it one of the snowiest resorts earlier this week. A further 15cm was recorded on Thursday 29th January so some great powder conditions can be found across the mountain. Thursday's heaviest falls were recorded in southwest Switzerland, with Leysin (50/70cm) and Les Mosses (50/70cm) recording 35cm of fresh snow. Anzere (30/125cm) saw 30cm which has significantly improved the skiing conditions. Although as mentioned above however, the avalanche danger in this region is Level 4 - which recommends skiers stay firmly on piste Andermatt (63/380cm) benefited from a further 10cm of fresh snow and currently boasts one of the deepest base depths in the whole of the Alps. The skiing on Thursday was excellent, although visibility was reduced as a result of the snowy weather.The heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend, and with the freezing level dropping to sea-level, snow can be expected at all levels. Once the storm subsides, totals of around a metre are expected for many, especially in the north and west. Monday is currently looking sunny, providing the best overhead in which to enjoy the new snow, before more snow returns on Tuesday.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 211 resorts. Powder is reported at 65 resorts and 135 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

  1. Image1 Chalet Petal
    Snowing today with more to come. Powder days.
  2. Aibeiaiaaabdclfm7tvaulk8hsildmnhcmrfcghvdg8qkdu4ntezzmfkmguxmwnlnzczndczmtywmgy1zdq1ngzjzmfkzdu4mjiwauxsmbdwri9slz9oie18kvgrhncj Vivid Snowboarding
    Heavy snow and windy with more coming down, more on route, be safe #verbier #snowboarding #liveoutdoors
  3. Aibeiaiaaabdclfm7tvaulk8hsildmnhcmrfcghvdg8qkdu4ntezzmfkmguxmwnlnzczndczmtywmgy1zdq1ngzjzmfkzdu4mjiwauxsmbdwri9slz9oie18kvgrhncj Vivid Snowboarding
    A slight lull in proceedings before moving on to the main course which is rolling into town later today

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (65) Best piste conditions (135)

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 today

Adelboden webcam
85
42
Powder
Powder
9 cm
today
52
15
16
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
500m 500m 150m 150m 400m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

Aeschi webcam
50
30

Good
37
14
17
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1312 m
500m 450m 150m 150m 350m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
190
50

Fresh

Fresh
today
27
8
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
400m 450m 250m 200m 150m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

100
50

Good
26
10
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1836 m
500m 450m 250m 200m 350m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

80
40
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
28
15
23
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
450m 450m 200m 150m 300m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
380
63
Powder
Powder
10 cm
today
29
8
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
450m 500m 250m 200m 200m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
125
30
Powder
Powder
30 cm
today
58
16
14
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1942 m
500m 450m 150m 150m 400m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
120
55
Packed 2 days ago
55
16
12
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
500m 400m 100m 100m 350m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

Arosa webcam
90
60
Powder
Powder
15 cm
today
15
8
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
400m 400m 200m 150m 350m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

60
50

Good
25
13
23
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1184 m
550m 450m 200m 150m 200m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

110
53

Good
9
5
3
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
400m 450m 200m 200m 250m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
70
40

Good
41
16
20
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
500m 450m 150m 150m 300m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report today

155
15

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
today
55
22
16
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2211 m
450m 400m 150m 150m 300m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

140
70
Powder
Powder
today
49
19
14
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
400m 450m 200m 150m 250m

(1594m — 3019m)

13
6
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
400m 450m 200m 150m 300m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
156
79

Fresh

Fresh
today
53
21
16
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
450m 400m 150m 150m 300m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
125
60
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
9
5
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
400m 450m 200m 150m 250m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

200
100

Good
7 days ago
22
7
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
450m 450m 300m 300m 200m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

Braunwald webcam
90
40
Powder
Powder
yesterday
32
17
25
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
400m 500m 200m 150m 350m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
80
15
×
Closed
49
18
23
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
450m 400m 150m 150m 250m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

120
38

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
24
12
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
400m 450m 200m 200m 300m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

105
30

Good
69
19
13
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1894 m
550m 450m 150m 150m 400m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

30
20
Sat
34
11
9
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1318 m
650m 450m 300m 150m 300m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
55
45

Good
31
14
23
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1327 m
500m 400m 200m 150m 250m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

60
30
Packed today
49
18
14
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2134 m
450m 450m 150m 150m 300m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

135
38
×
Closed
12
6
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
400m 450m 200m 150m 300m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

Champéry webcam
85
25
Powder
Powder
30 cm
today
60
14
10
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1658 m
650m 450m 300m 150m 350m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

80
63

Good
84
20
15
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2186 m
600m 450m 150m 150m 450m

(1310m — 2150m)

62
15
10
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
650m 450m 300m 150m 350m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

175
30
Powder
Powder
today
54
17
14
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2326 m
450m 450m 150m 150m 400m

(1045m — 1893m)

39
12
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
600m 450m 300m 150m 300m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

45
10

Good
47
15
11
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
600m 500m 250m 150m 350m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

40
15
Powder
Powder
yesterday
12
5
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
400m 400m 200m 150m 400m

(1480m — 2210m)

13
5
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1845 m
400m 400m 200m 150m 350m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report today

169
97
Packed 2 days ago
10
5
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
400m 450m 250m 200m 250m

(1720m — 3057m)

12
6
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
400m 450m 200m 150m 300m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
155
35
Powder
Powder
40 cm
today
57
17
14
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2250 m
500m 450m 150m 100m 400m
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