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 Every Swiss resort was reporting fresh snow on Monday morning, with the heaviest falls being reported in the south and the east of the country. The sun was out briefly to start the new week, but it rapidly clouded over and by the afternoon snow was falling once again. The pick of the conditions on Monday could be found at the resorts of Pontresina (51/90cm) and St Moritz (60/91cm) in the Engadin region in the far southeast of the country. Both were reporting around 30cm of much needed fresh snow and the good news is that a lot more is in the forecast. Saas Fee (88/250cm) and Zermatt (30/200cm) were reporting similar values, resulting in some fantastic skiing conditions amongst the fresh powder. Sadly high winds limited the lift operations on the highest slopes, with all the lifts linking Zermatt to Italy closed on Monday. High winds were also an issue at Gstaad (31/255cm), Murren (80/210cm) and Wengen (20/90cm) where all of the upper areas were on wind hold. The next spell of heavy snow is set to move in during Monday night from the west. As a result resorts such as Nendaz (45/200cm) and Verbier (20/200cm) and Grimentz/Zinal (60/184cm) are in the firing line to receive the most snow. By the time the snow lets up on Wednesday, between 50 and 100cm of snow is possible across the country, with the upper end of this band likely at the aforementioned resorts in the west.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 211resorts. Powder is reported at 30 resorts and 99 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 (30)Best piste conditions (99)

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

70
20

Fresh

Fresh
6 cm
yesterday
75
66
46
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1875 m
1700m 350m 550m 750m 1800m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

Aeschi webcam
10
×
Closed
6 days ago
37
25
27
heavy rain
snow showers
light snow
light snow
heavy rain
Mid station 1312 m
1700m 350m 550m 950m 1850m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

Airolo webcam
102
40

Good
29
61
21
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1712 m
1550m 550m 450m 750m 1150m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

130
25

Good
51
69
53
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1836 m
1850m 500m 500m 850m 1450m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

70
Wet 6 days ago
37
54
48
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
1800m 500m 500m 850m 1500m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
300
50
Powder
Powder
25 cm
yesterday
36
73
38
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2200 m
1650m 500m 600m 750m 1200m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
200
90

Fresh

Fresh
4 cm
yesterday
70
66
28
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1942 m
1700m 300m 650m 950m 1750m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
161
103
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
88
164
55
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2500 m
1800m 350m 600m 850m 1850m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

Arosa webcam
110
60
Powder
Powder
30 cm
yesterday
30
19
47
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1850m 750m 600m 850m 1450m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

5
×
Closed
4 days ago
22
13
29
light rain
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1184 m
1700m 550m 550m 1050m 1900m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

45
45

Good
35
28
62
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2282 m
1800m 750m 500m 750m 1350m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
No Info 5 days ago
42
28
30
moderate rain
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1576 m
1700m 350m 550m 1000m 1800m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 3 days ago

180
10

Excellent

Powder
4 days ago
65
100
37
moderate snow
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2211 m
1700m 350m 500m 750m 1550m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

140
100
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
61
109
38
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2084 m
1650m 450m 450m 750m 1400m

(1594m — 3019m)

40
32
60
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
1850m 750m 500m 800m 1400m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
75
155
52
heavy snow
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2681 m
1700m 400m 450m 700m 1500m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
50
40
Packed 2 days ago
43
34
61
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
1800m 800m 450m 750m 1350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

70
45
Fair
34
49
15
heavy snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1900 m
1400m 600m 400m 750m 1050m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
150
80
Powder
Powder
yesterday
34
56
48
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1861 m
1750m 550m 600m 800m 1200m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
75

Good
4 days ago
58
68
44
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2003 m
1600m 300m 550m 800m 1600m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

90
40
Packed 4 days ago
26
54
47
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2152 m
1750m 650m 700m 750m 1150m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

130
17

Good
73
84
32
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1894 m
1750m 300m 650m 1000m 1850m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

20
5
×
Closed
39
31
24
heavy rain
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1318 m
1600m 500m 450m 1000m 1800m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
30
20

Good
34
22
25
moderate rain
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1327 m
1650m 350m 550m 900m 1750m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

120
40

Good
4 days ago
50
57
21
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2134 m
1700m 300m 600m 850m 1550m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

81
40

Good
48
41
56
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
1800m 800m 650m 750m 1350m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

Champéry webcam
90
15
Powder
Powder
25 cm
yesterday
72
72
38
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1658 m
1700m 300m 500m 1050m 1800m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

170
100

Good
4 days ago
101
149
40
heavy snow
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2186 m
1750m 300m 600m 1050m 1900m

(1310m — 2150m)

74
79
39
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1730 m
1700m 300m 500m 1050m 1800m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

170
40

Good
58
60
24
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2326 m
1700m 300m 650m 900m 1700m

(1045m — 1893m)

57
40
31
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
1600m 400m 450m 900m 1800m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

30
10
×
Closed
5 days ago
71
58
39
moderate snow
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1600 m
1650m 300m 500m 850m 1800m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

60
×
Closed
4 days ago
17
14
24
rain showers
snow showers
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1388 m
1800m 650m 600m 900m 1400m

(1480m — 2210m)

19
10
29
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1845 m
1800m 750m 650m 850m 1400m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

100
50
Packed 29 days ago
46
33
48
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
1750m 750m 550m 750m 1300m

(1720m — 3057m)

48
41
57
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
1800m 800m 650m 750m 1350m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
260
45

Fresh

Fresh
5 cm
yesterday
72
73
32
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 2250 m
1700m 300m 650m 900m 1750m