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 REPORTYou know things are looking too warm when the FIS Women's World Cup Downhill races at Crans Montana (1090/160cm / 40/64") are on a shortened course that shortened at the base above 1500m, not like they normally are at the top due to strong winds, and the organisers of the famous White Turf races at St Moritz (10/90cm / 4/36") can't guarantee the safety of horses and riders on what should be a frozen lake at 1850m - but a drone survey is sporting cracks and wet patches.

So these are all signs of the warm temperatures that have plagued the Alps, including Switzerland, for much of 2024 so far. There have been more snow showers though, with Engelberg (100.300cm / 40/120" reaching a three metre/ten feet base up top for the first time this season after 23cm (9") there on Tuesday. Most Swiss ski areas remain fully open, or nearly snow, but warm valley temperatures creating wet snow down low continues to be an issue. The 4 Valleys around Verbier (22/258cm / 9/103") remain more than 95% open though, offering 390km (146 miles) of piste, the most in the country still. Upper base depths are more than 10 times lower slope depths now though.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 5 resorts. Powder is reported at 38 resorts and 36 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Switzerland

A–C

D–G H–K L–M N–R S–U V–Z Best powder (38)Best piste conditions (36)

Ski resorts in Switzerland from A to C

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1259m — 1974m)

snow report yesterday

Adelboden webcam
123
4
Artificial snow cover 3.0 cm
3 days ago
16.0
1.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1616 m
1500m 1600m 1300m 1300m 1100m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

×
Closed
No Info
1.0 cm
3 days ago
11.0
1.0
light snow cloud clear light snow light rain
Mid station 1312 m
1450m 1450m 1800m 1350m 1450m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

90
20
Artificial snow cover 7 cm
yesterday
4.0
68.0
4.0
light snow cloud light rain light snow light snow
Mid station 1712 m
1600m 1650m 1650m 1800m 1550m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

195

Varied
1.0 cm
yesterday
7.0
1.0
cloud cloud clear light snow snow showers
Mid station 1836 m
1350m 1400m 1850m 1400m 1500m

(910m — 1634m)

snow report today

1.0 cm
yesterday
5.0
1.0
cloud cloud clear light snow rain showers
Mid station 1272 m
1450m 1450m 1750m 1450m 1550m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

190
56
Powder
Powder
5 cm
yesterday
3.0
63.0
4.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2200 m
1700m 1600m 1550m 1700m 1550m

(1500m — 2420m)

snow report yesterday

170
40
Packed powder and groomed snow 2.0 cm
2 days ago
18.0
1.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1960 m
1700m 1700m 1450m 1550m 1250m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
200
18
Packed powder and groomed snow 5 cm
yesterday
5.0
50.0
6.0
light snow cloud snow showers light snow light snow
Mid station 2500 m
1850m 1650m 1800m 1650m 1300m

(1493m — 2865m)

snow report today

120
110
Packed powder and groomed snow 3.0 cm
yesterday
4.0
12.0
7.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow snow showers
Mid station 2179 m
1550m 1400m 1400m 1400m 1500m

(920m — 1300m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
3 days ago
2.0
1.0
cloud cloud clear cloud cloud
Mid station 1110 m
1350m 1400m 1800m 1250m 1600m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

13 cm
yesterday
12.0
50.0
14.0
light snow cloud snow showers light snow light snow
Mid station 2282 m
1700m 1450m 1400m 1700m 1650m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report today

Beatenberg webcam
15
×
Closed
Hard
1.0 cm
3 days ago
15.0
2.0
light snow cloud clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1576 m
1400m 1450m 1900m 1300m 1500m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report yesterday

222
18
Powder
Powder
4 cm
yesterday
9.0
74.0
10.0
light snow part cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2216 m
1750m 1850m 1700m 1600m 1600m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report yesterday

155
65
Packed powder and groomed snow 4 cm
yesterday
8.0
78.0
9.0
light snow cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 2084 m
1800m 1900m 1750m 1650m 1550m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report today

160
60

Good
Powder / Spring Snow
9 cm
yesterday
11.0
27.0
13.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2306 m
1700m 1250m 1350m 1400m 1550m

(1623m — 2647m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
177
103
Packed powder and groomed snow 4 cm
yesterday
10.0
85.0
11.0
light snow part cloud snow showers light snow light snow
Mid station 2135 m
1750m 1900m 1750m 1600m 1550m

(1707m — 2560m)

snow report today

200
90
Powder
Powder
11 cm
yesterday
13.0
43.0
14.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2134 m
1700m 1350m 1400m 1550m 1600m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

110
95
No Info
No Info
10 cm
yesterday
11.0
117.0
11.0
light snow cloud snow showers light snow mod snow
Mid station 1900 m
1650m 1700m 1650m 1700m 1450m

(1256m — 1905m)

snow report today

60
10
Wet snow 1.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
14.0
2.0
light snow cloud clear light snow snow showers
Mid station 1580 m
1600m 1550m 1650m 1550m 1450m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

55
×
Closed

Varied
1.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
26.0
2.0
light snow cloud clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2003 m
1550m 1600m 1900m 1500m 1550m

(1103m — 2418m)

snow report today

100
40
Packed powder and groomed snow 2.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
25.0
2.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1760 m
1650m 1600m 1600m 1650m 1500m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

136
20

Powder
4 cm
2 days ago
1.0
27.0
2.0
light snow part cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1894 m
1750m 1750m 1850m 1500m 1200m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report yesterday

2.0 cm
2 days ago
11.0
2.0
cloud cloud clear cloud cloud
Mid station 1318 m
1400m 1400m 1650m 1150m 1350m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

365
No Info
2.0 cm
3 days ago
12.0
1.0
light snow cloud clear light snow light rain
Mid station 1327 m
1400m 1400m 1850m 1250m 1500m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report yesterday

50
30
Packed powder and groomed snow 3.0 cm
yesterday
6.0
55.0
7.0
light snow cloud clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2134 m
1700m 1650m 1600m 1500m 1500m

(1720m — 2270m)

snow report today

222
75

Powder
11 cm
yesterday
10.0
27.0
10.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1995 m
1700m 1200m 1350m 1500m 1650m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

160
127

Varied
4 cm
2 days ago
21.0
2.0
light snow cloud clear cloud cloud
Mid station 1658 m
1600m 1500m 1500m 1300m 1100m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

121
35

Good
No Info
1.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
32.0
2.0
light snow part cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2186 m
1750m 1650m 1850m 1400m 1150m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
2 days ago
21.0
2.0
light snow cloud clear cloud cloud
Mid station 1730 m
1600m 1500m 1500m 1300m 1100m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

Chandolin webcam
135
105
Packed powder and groomed snow 2.0 cm
yesterday
2.0
30.0
3.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2326 m
1700m 1650m 1550m 1550m 1400m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
2 days ago
11.0
2.0
cloud cloud part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1469 m
1400m 1450m 1450m 1200m 1250m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

2.0 cm
2 days ago
16.0
3.0
cloud cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 1600 m
1500m 1500m 1400m 1300m 1150m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

80
Fair
Spring Snow
1.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
7.0
3.0
cloud cloud clear light snow rain showers
Mid station 1388 m
1550m 1500m 1450m 1450m 1450m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
yesterday
3.0
12.0
6.0
cloud cloud clear light snow snow showers
Mid station 1845 m
1550m 1500m 1350m 1500m 1500m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report today

217
58
Packed powder and groomed snow 18 cm
yesterday
19.0
57.0
19.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2550 m
1700m 1250m 1350m 1500m 1600m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report today

13 cm
yesterday
14.0
39.0
15.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2388 m
1700m 1200m 1350m 1500m 1650m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

160
100
Fresh snow across the ski area
Fresh
2.0 cm
2 days ago
21.0
1.0
light snow cloud part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2250 m
1700m 1700m 1500m 1550m 1250m