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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 A mild and sunny weekend was felt by all resorts across Switzerland. Temperatures reached +10°C at mid-mountain level and are predicted to stay well above average throughout the start of the week.Good skiing was however still available on the upper areas and glaciers of many resorts across the country. Zermatt (5/155cm) had 22 lifts open on Monday and the skiing conditions on the Plateau Rosa were great under sunny skies.The glaciers at Saas Fee (15/237cm), Flims/Laax (0/125cm) and Engelberg (0/118cm) were also open for skiing, although it was not possible to ski back to the resort at any. Several resorts opened a few lifts and pistes over the weekend, but will remain closed during the week. This includes Wengen (0/30cm), Andermatt (10/230cm) and Verbier (0/60cm) who all plan to open again for the weekend of 29th and 30th November. If conditions permit many resorts, including Adelboden, Arosa, Lenzerheide and Samnaun, are scheduled to open on Saturday 29th November.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 42 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Switzerland

  1. eyeball reporter Everest in the Alps
    RT @performance_ski: Dawn breaking over Mont Fort with fresh snow. #verbier
  2. Unnamed Altitude Verbier
    Verbier webcam is looking good! Sunny day in Verbier ->

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D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best piste conditions (5)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report yesterday

Adelboden webcam
20
×
Closed
Limited
15 cm
10 days ago
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
2200m 2250m 2850m 2550m 1850m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 6 days ago

Aeschi webcam
×
Closed
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
2300m 2350m 2850m 2550m 1900m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

Airolo webcam
180
20
Packed 10 days ago
1
1
1
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1712 m
1800m 1900m 2300m 2350m 2150m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report 2 days ago

End Of Season on 24 Mar
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1836 m
2400m 2450m 3000m 2600m 1250m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 9 days ago

×
Closed
on 4 Mar
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
2400m 2450m 3000m 2600m 1200m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
290
10
×
Closed

Varied
30 cm
10 days ago
2
1
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1950m 2050m 2550m 2400m 2050m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
snow showers
Mid station 1942 m
2200m 2250m 2650m 2500m 2150m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 9 days ago

Arolla webcam
×
Closed
on 27 Apr
6
7
3
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
1950m 2100m 2350m 2450m 2300m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

Arosa webcam
40
10
×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
11 days ago
1
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
2200m 2250m 2600m 2500m 1900m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 9 days ago

×
Closed
on 4 Mar
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1184 m
2450m 2500m 3000m 2600m 1100m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 6 days ago

×
Closed
1
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
2050m 2150m 2350m 2350m 2100m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 9 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
×
Closed
on 4 Mar
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1576 m
2350m 2400m 2800m 2550m 1900m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
on 20 Apr
5
4
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2211 m
1800m 1950m 2350m 2450m 2150m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 9 days ago

×
Closed
on 19 Apr
4
1
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2084 m
1750m 1900m 2350m 2450m 2150m

(1594m — 3019m)

1
1
3
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2306 m
2150m 2200m 2400m 2400m 2050m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
opens in 9 days
3
3
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
1800m 1900m 2350m 2450m 2150m

(2054m — 2973m)

Bivio webcam
opens in 23 days
1
1
3
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
2100m 2150m 2350m 2350m 2100m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
on 26 Mar
5
1
1
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
1800m 1900m 2250m 2350m 2150m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report 2 days ago

Braunwald webcam
×
Closed
21 days ago
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
2250m 2300m 3000m 2600m 1350m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 9 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
×
Closed
on 24 Mar
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
2200m 2300m 2700m 2550m 1950m

(1497m — 2808m)

opens in 8 days
cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
2100m 2150m 2650m 2450m 1800m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
on 28 Apr
1
rain showers
light rain
partially cloudy
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1894 m
2150m 2250m 2550m 2500m 2200m

(929m — 1707m)

clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
2550m 2750m 3000m 2600m 1600m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 33 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
End Of Season on 5 Mar
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1327 m
2400m 2500m 2850m 2600m 1800m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 13 days ago

×
Closed
on 23 Mar
7
4
1
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2134 m
1850m 1950m 2350m 2450m 2200m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

×
Closed
2
1
5
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2390 m
2150m 2200m 2350m 2350m 2100m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

Champéry webcam
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
2500m 2650m 2950m 2600m 2000m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report 2 days ago

End Of Season 9 days ago
1
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 2186 m
2200m 2300m 2650m 2500m 2150m

(1310m — 2150m)

partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
2500m 2650m 2950m 2600m 2000m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 8 days ago

×
Closed
10 days ago
3
4
1
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2326 m
1950m 2050m 2450m 2450m 2200m

(1045m — 1893m)

clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
2550m 2650m 3000m 2600m 1650m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report 2 days ago

×
Closed
on 24 Mar
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
2550m 2650m 2950m 2600m 1850m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

End Of Season
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
2250m 2300m 2700m 2500m 1750m

(1480m — 2210m)

1
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1845 m
2200m 2250m 2600m 2500m 1850m

(1797m — 3303m)

2
1
4
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2550 m
2150m 2200m 2350m 2350m 2100m

(1720m — 3057m)

2
1
5
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2388 m
2150m 2200m 2350m 2350m 2100m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
30
×
Closed
Limited
15 cm
10 days ago
2
1
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 2250 m
2150m 2200m 2600m 2500m 2150m
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