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 Spring weather conditions were in abundance over Switzerland today, Thursday 16th February. Warm temperatures and strong sunshine made for soft forgiving snow conditions today. On piste snow transformed throughout the day from hard and fast in the early morning shade to lovely fun soft spring snow in the afternoon sun. Not exactly what you might expect from mid-February skiing in the Swiss Alps but fun all the same. Off piste snow condition was varied from tracked and firm to a crusty slightly wet slow to ski snow on the open sunny aspects. As always when conditions become warm those with the know-how and knowledge turn to the shaded north facing aspects to find the colder drier snow. The current sunny conditions dominating the Swiss Alps will take a brief break tomorrow, Friday 17th as cloudy and snow conditions return. Snow is forecast for almost everywhere but the accumulations will be small, expect a maximum of 10cm to fall. Sunshine will make an immediate return from Saturday and is currently forecast to remain for most of next week.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 71resorts. Powder is reported at 4 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 (4)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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report 3 days ago

Adelboden webcam
68
28

Good

Varied
9 cm
11 days ago
2
3
1
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1875 m
1650m 1950m 2050m 2150m 1700m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

Aeschi webcam
20
10
×
Closed
12 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
1750m 2100m 2300m 2200m 1750m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

Airolo webcam
No Info 10 days ago
3
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1712 m
1750m 2150m 2000m 1850m 1750m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

100
30

Good
13
31
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1836 m
1550m 2000m 2100m 2050m 1550m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

40
20
Hard 3 days ago
1
19
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1530 m
1450m 1850m 2050m 2050m 1550m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 3 days ago

Andermatt webcam
220
36

Good

Varied
5 cm
9 days ago
1
3
3
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1650m 2100m 2050m 1950m 1700m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 3 days ago

Anzère webcam
140
40

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
11 days ago
1
1
clear
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1942 m
1850m 2000m 2150m 2100m 1750m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
161
32
Packed 12 days ago
1
3
1
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2500 m
1800m 2100m 2100m 2150m 1800m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 3 days ago

Arosa webcam
100
60

Excellent
Tracked
25 cm
14 days ago
1
1
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2200 m
1500m 1800m 2100m 1900m 1600m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

30
20
Fair
3
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1184 m
1650m 2000m 2050m 2000m 1500m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

55

Good
10 days ago
3
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2282 m
1550m 1950m 2200m 1900m 1700m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
No Info
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1576 m
1800m 2100m 2300m 2200m 1750m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report yesterday

115

Good
Packed
7 days ago
3
4
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2211 m
1900m 2150m 2100m 2150m 1800m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

45
35
old 3 days ago
3
4
4
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2084 m
1800m 2150m 2050m 2150m 1700m

(1594m — 3019m)

1
1
4
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2306 m
1500m 1850m 2200m 1850m 1550m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
5
8
6
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2681 m
1800m 2150m 2000m 2150m 1700m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
80
45
Packed 3 days ago
1
6
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2514 m
1550m 1950m 2250m 1850m 1650m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

110
80

Good
10 days ago
7
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1900 m
1750m 2150m 2100m 1900m 1800m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

80
50
Powder
Powder
3 days ago
4
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1861 m
1450m 1750m 1900m 1950m 1550m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

Brienz - Axalp webcam
60

Good
2
3
2
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2003 m
1750m 2100m 2200m 2150m 1700m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
80
30
Packed 10 days ago
2
5
1
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2152 m
1450m 1850m 2100m 2050m 1650m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

87
30

Good
11 days ago
1
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1894 m
1850m 2100m 2300m 2200m 1800m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report today

18
2
×
Closed
15 days ago
2
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1318 m
1700m 2050m 2150m 2100m 1650m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
50
40

Good
12 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1327 m
1850m 2100m 2300m 2150m 1700m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

60
20

Good
12 days ago
clear
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2134 m
2050m 2150m 2250m 2200m 1850m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

88
40

Good
9 days ago
1
6
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2390 m
1550m 1950m 2250m 1850m 1550m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 3 days ago

Champéry webcam
100
25

Good
Best up high
15 cm
12 days ago
4
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1658 m
1650m 2050m 2150m 2050m 1600m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

86
56

Good
12 days ago
1
2
1
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 2186 m
1800m 2100m 2300m 2200m 1750m

(1310m — 2150m)

Champoussin webcam
1
4
2
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
1650m 2050m 2150m 2050m 1600m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

Chandolin webcam
105
20

Good
11 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2326 m
2000m 2050m 2200m 2150m 1850m

(1045m — 1893m)

1
5
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
1650m 2000m 2100m 2050m 1650m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

Château d'Oex webcam
50
35

Good
14 days ago
3
5
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
1600m 1950m 2000m 2050m 1650m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

×
Closed
1
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1388 m
1500m 1800m 2150m 2000m 1700m

(1480m — 2210m)

1
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1845 m
1500m 1800m 2150m 1950m 1700m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report today

65
40
Powder
Powder
3 days ago
1
6
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2550 m
1600m 2000m 2250m 1900m 1650m

(1720m — 3057m)

1
6
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2388 m
1550m 1950m 2250m 1850m 1550m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 3 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
209
Fair
Patchy
5 cm
12 days ago
1
1
1
clear
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 2250 m
1850m 2000m 2150m 2100m 1800m