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 The winter season is now well and truly underway in Switzerland. There was fresh snow over the weekend on the 19th November, providing some excellent early season conditions, and we are seeing more resorts starting to open as we move towards December. Great riding conditions are available on the upper slopes at Engleberg (30/215cm), where 15cm of fresh has been measured in the last 24 hours. Off piste there are plenty of powder stashes to be enjoyed, but take care as early season hazards do still exist. Up on the glacier at Gstaad (15/140cm) there was 6 groomed runs to choose from on Monday, and since the resort opened last week the area has continued to build upon its strong start to the season. Over in the Jungfrau region, skiing is underway at weekends only at Wengen (20/60cm), with continuous operation at the resort to begin form 2nd December. Murren (15/200cm) will be open for weekends from 25th November. Looking to the week ahead, the weather looks stable and sunny for the most part. Sunday 26th November is the next expected snow date, with light dustings being predicted for a number of our featured resorts.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 11resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 14 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 (3)Best piste conditions (14)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

Adelboden webcam
40
13

Good

Varied
10 cm
2 days ago
6
16
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
2450m 3250m 2950m 2950m 2450m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

20
5
×
Closed
1
7
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1312 m
2550m 3200m 2950m 3000m 2350m

(1175m — 2249m)

Airolo webcam
4
12
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1712 m
2450m 3100m 2150m 2600m 2300m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
on 22 Mar
4
12
22
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
2200m 3050m 2950m 2950m 2250m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report yesterday

30
10
×
Closed
2
12
17
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
2150m 3050m 2950m 2950m 2250m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
120
15
×
Closed

Varied
20 cm
8 days ago
10
20
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
2350m 3100m 2700m 2750m 2500m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
3
5
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1942 m
2550m 3250m 2900m 2950m 2500m

(2000m — 3000m)

Arolla webcam
opens in 25 days
5
21
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
2500m 2950m 2550m 2650m 2450m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

Arosa webcam
50
20
×
Closed

Varied
20 cm
2 days ago
1
3
20
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
2000m 3000m 2750m 2800m 2550m

(975m — 1393m)

2
5
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1184 m
2300m 3050m 2950m 2950m 2200m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
3
33
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
2250m 3050m 2600m 2600m 2400m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 5 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
No Info
3
11
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
2600m 3150m 2950m 3000m 2350m

(1322m — 3100m)

5
27
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2211 m
2550m 3200m 2850m 2800m 2500m

(1609m — 2559m)

opens in 25 days
6
32
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
2550m 3150m 2650m 2700m 2450m

(1594m — 3019m)

6
33
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
2100m 3050m 2650m 2700m 2500m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
9
46
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
2550m 3150m 2750m 2800m 2450m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report 14 days ago

Bivio webcam
×
Closed
on 18 Apr
5
38
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
2250m 3050m 2600m 2600m 2400m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

40

Good
12 days ago
3
14
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
2600m 3100m 2100m 2450m 2150m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

15
10
×
Closed
14
17
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1861 m
2150m 3050m 2850m 2900m 2350m

(1684m — 2322m)

Brienz - Axalp webcam
6
25
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
2500m 3150m 2950m 2950m 2350m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
×
Closed
47 days ago
9
13
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2152 m
2050m 3050m 2550m 2750m 2500m

(1210m — 2578m)

4
11
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1894 m
2600m 3250m 2950m 2950m 2550m

(929m — 1707m)

5
10
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1318 m
2600m 3200m 2850m 2950m 2250m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
2
7
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1327 m
2550m 3150m 2950m 3000m 2300m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 13 days ago

×
Closed
13 days ago
10
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2134 m
2600m 3250m 2900m 2900m 2550m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

40
13
×
Closed
6
36
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
2250m 3050m 2650m 2650m 2450m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

Champéry webcam
30
5
×
Closed

Varied
10 cm
8 days ago
10
15
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1658 m
2600m 3250m 2850m 2950m 2350m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season on 26 Mar
7
17
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2186 m
2600m 3250m 2950m 3000m 2550m

(1310m — 2150m)

Champoussin webcam
10
17
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
2600m 3250m 2850m 2950m 2350m

(1650m — 3001m)

Chandolin webcam
1
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2326 m
2550m 3250m 2900m 2900m 2550m

(1045m — 1893m)

8
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
2550m 3200m 2900m 2950m 2300m

(1000m — 2200m)

Château d'Oex webcam
9
13
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
2550m 3250m 2900m 3000m 2350m

(600m — 2175m)

1
7
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
2200m 3050m 2900m 2900m 2500m

(1480m — 2210m)

1
10
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1845 m
2150m 3050m 2850m 2900m 2550m

(1797m — 3303m)

opens in 4 days
4
34
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
2350m 3050m 2650m 2600m 2400m

(1720m — 3057m)

6
36
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
2250m 3050m 2650m 2650m 2450m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
60
2
×
Closed

Varied
60 cm
8 days ago
3
6
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2250 m
2550m 3250m 2900m 2900m 2500m