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 Limited skiing remains on offer across Switzerland, although damp weather on Monday 27th April led to some fairly unpleasant skiing conditions. The rain that was falling is expected to fall as snow to increasingly lower levels (around 1,500m) during the night, and 30cm of powder may be possible. Further spells of snow are expected throughout the week, falling to under 2,000m for much of the time.Skiing still remains on offer in the Engstligenalp area above Adelboden (0/70cm), although the pistes are beginning to become worn. Seven lifts were running at Engelberg (0/350cm) and five were running on the glacier at Les Diablerets (0/280cm), with 10cm of fresh snow reported here on Sunday.The biggest open ski area in the country remains at Samnaun (10/180cm), which was able to run 38/45 lifts and had 186km of pistes open. With Ischgl's closing concert fast approaching, it promises to be a great final week of the season for the Silvetta Arena ski area Zermatt (0/240cm) was also offering over 100km of ski pistes, served by 21 lifts. It is no longer possible to ski back to resort but the slopes above Schwarzsee remain in good condition as do the connections over the border to Cervinia. All of our other featured Swiss resorts are now closed for the season.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 174resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 18 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 (18)

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 today

Adelboden webcam
70

Fresh
Limited
2 cm
today
8
8
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
1600m 1900m 2000m 2600m 3100m

(999m — 1626m)

Aeschi webcam
1
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
1600m 1950m 2000m 2550m 3100m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 13 days ago

Airolo webcam
End Of Season
8
light snow
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1712 m
1750m 1750m 2100m 2500m 3050m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

End Of Season 23 days ago
28
21
moderate snow
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1836 m
1600m 1950m 1950m 2350m 3000m

(1103m — 1956m)

11
6
moderate snow
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
1600m 1900m 1950m 2350m 3000m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
25
13
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 2200 m
1650m 1800m 2050m 2500m 3050m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
4
4
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1942 m
1750m 1950m 2100m 2650m 3100m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 9 days ago

Arolla webcam
No Info 23 days ago
24
46
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 2500 m
1750m 2000m 2100m 2450m 3050m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

Arosa webcam
21
4
light snow
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2200 m
1700m 1800m 2100m 2450m 3050m

(975m — 1393m)

5
light snow
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1184 m
1500m 1950m 1850m 2350m 2900m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 4 days ago

End Of Season
22
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2282 m
1800m 1800m 2150m 2400m 3000m

(1200m — 1951m)

Beatenberg webcam
3
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1576 m
1600m 2000m 2000m 2550m 3050m

(1322m — 3100m)

snow report 18 days ago

220

Excellent
Packed
26 days ago
23
11
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 2211 m
1750m 1900m 2050m 2500m 3050m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 22 days ago

End Of Season 24 days ago
25
14
light snow
light snow
light snow
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 2084 m
1750m 1800m 2050m 2450m 3050m

(1594m — 3019m)

27
3
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2306 m
1750m 1800m 2100m 2400m 3050m

(2288m — 3074m)

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
44
72
7
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 2681 m
1700m 1850m 2000m 2450m 3050m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report 15 days ago

Bivio webcam
End Of Season 22 days ago
28
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 2514 m
1850m 1800m 2150m 2400m 3000m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

250
130
End Of Season 37 days ago
10
3
light rain
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1900 m
2000m 1800m 2150m 2500m 3050m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

Braunwald webcam
End Of Season 25 days ago
21
15
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1861 m
1650m 1850m 2000m 2400m 3000m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 22 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
End Of Season 23 days ago
15
10
light snow
rain showers
snow showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 2003 m
1600m 1950m 2000m 2500m 3000m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

150
15
End Of Season 25 days ago
28
12
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 2152 m
1700m 1900m 2050m 2450m 3000m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

290
End Of Season 33 days ago
5
3
light snow
rain showers
partially cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1894 m
1700m 2000m 2150m 2650m 3150m

(929m — 1707m)

2
light snow
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1318 m
1550m 1900m 2000m 2550m 3100m

(1069m — 1585m)

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
3
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1327 m
1550m 2000m 2000m 2500m 3050m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 19 days ago

×
Closed
25 days ago
9
1
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 2134 m
1750m 2000m 2100m 2600m 3050m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

124
End Of Season 16 days ago
26
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2390 m
1800m 1850m 2150m 2400m 3000m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

Champéry webcam
2
light snow
rain showers
partially cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1658 m
1650m 1950m 2100m 2700m 3200m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

80
×
Closed
23 days ago
11
19
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 2186 m
1700m 2000m 2150m 2650m 3200m

(1310m — 2150m)

2
light snow
rain showers
partially cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1730 m
1650m 1950m 2100m 2700m 3200m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 11 days ago

No Info 24 days ago
5
4
snow showers
snow showers
clear
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 2326 m
1750m 2000m 2100m 2650m 3100m

(1045m — 1893m)

3
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
1600m 1900m 2000m 2550m 3100m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report today

40
End Of Season 54 days ago
3
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1650m 1900m 2050m 2600m 3100m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 21 days ago

End Of Season 26 days ago
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1388 m
1700m 1900m 2050m 2450m 3000m

(1480m — 2210m)

8
2
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1845 m
1700m 1900m 2100m 2500m 3000m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

157
Packed 24 days ago
23
5
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 2550 m
1900m 1850m 2150m 2400m 3050m

(1720m — 3057m)

27
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2388 m
1800m 1850m 2150m 2400m 3000m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
5
9
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 2250 m
1750m 1950m 2050m 2650m 3100m