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 REPORT It was Switzerland's turn to be in the forefront of the Alpine World Cup Ski Racing calendar over the past week with the Lauberhorn meeting at Wengen (20/75cm / 8/30") extended over four days. TV viewers worldwide witnessed dreamlike conditions of clear blue skies, full sunshine and pristine white slopes. The meeting started with a GS race twice rescheduled due to first too much snowfall in Lake Louise, then unfavourable weather in Italy.

In Switzerland though, things were perfect. The country's slopes could definitely do with more snowfall. Resorts like Andermatt (53/210cm / 21/84") and Engelberg (20/260cm / 8/104") would normally be locked in battle by now posting 4 or 5-metre bases, trying to record Europe's deepest and that seems a way off. But despite the lack of snow depth at lower elevations and the fact there's little fresh left off the groomers for freeriders, most Swiss areas have 70-90% of their terrain open.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 5 resorts. Powder is reported at 17 resorts and 47 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 (17)Best piste conditions (47)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report today

Adelboden webcam
71
15

Good
Hard
4 cm
7 days ago
29
part cloud clear clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 1875 m
800m 1100m 1200m 650m 350m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report today

20
10
Good-fair
Varied
2 cm
today
21
cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1312 m
1050m 1350m 1500m 650m 400m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

30
Artificial 2 cm
20 days ago
22
clear clear clear snow showers snow showers
Mid station 1712 m
550m 750m 1150m 650m 350m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

120
40

Varied
7 cm
today
46
cloud part cloud part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 1836 m
650m 900m 1150m 550m 450m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

130
10
Hard / Spring Snow
4 cm
today
44
cloud part cloud part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 1530 m
700m 1100m 1100m 600m 450m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

100
38
Good-fair
No Info
1 cm
today
1
50
1
part cloud clear clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 2200 m
500m 700m 950m 600m 350m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

85
15
×
Closed
Hard
4 cm
8 days ago
27
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1942 m
700m 750m 1050m 750m 300m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
117
51
No Info
Hard
3 cm
8 days ago
25
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2500 m
1100m 1200m 1550m 700m 0m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

80
50

Good

Varied
4 cm
today
2
46
2
light snow clear part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 2200 m
0m 0m 400m 550m 400m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report today

25
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
today
24
cloud cloud clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1184 m
800m 1250m 1200m 550m 400m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report today

50
40

Good

Powder
3 cm
7 days ago
1
15
1
part cloud clear part cloud light snow light snow
Mid station 2282 m
0m 400m 1000m 500m 300m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
15

Good
Hard / Spring Snow
6 cm
7 days ago
25
cloud part cloud clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 1576 m
1050m 1450m 1550m 600m 450m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report today

107
8
Fair
Varied
3 cm
8 days ago
34
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2216 m
800m 1000m 1250m 550m 0m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

60
10
Old snow 2 cm
8 days ago
31
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2084 m
800m 1050m 1400m 600m 300m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report today

50
20
Good-fair
Varied
24 cm
8 days ago
1
32
1
part cloud clear part cloud mod snow cloud
Mid station 2306 m
0m 0m 850m 500m 300m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 7 days ago

Bettmeralp - Aletsch Arena webcam
3 cm
7 days ago
44
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2681 m
900m 1150m 1350m 600m 300m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
50
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
7 days ago
1
16
1
part cloud clear part cloud light snow snow showers
Mid station 2514 m
0m 450m 1000m 500m 250m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

15
12
No Info
No Info
1 cm
18 days ago
8
clear clear clear snow showers snow showers
Mid station 1900 m
1050m 1200m 1950m 850m 550m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

100
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
today
62
cloud part cloud part cloud heavy snow light snow
Mid station 1861 m
600m 1000m 1000m 600m 400m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

75
35

Good

Varied
1 cm
today
40
cloud clear clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 2003 m
800m 1200m 1400m 600m 400m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report today

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
65
35

Good

Powder
3 cm
today
52
part cloud clear part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 2152 m
0m 0m 550m 600m 400m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

121
No Info
4 cm
7 days ago
20
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1894 m
1050m 1150m 1400m 700m 300m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 7 days ago

20
10
Hard
17
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1318 m
1300m 1750m 1550m 600m 450m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report today

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
40
30

Powder
3 cm
7 days ago
24
cloud part cloud clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 1327 m
950m 1500m 1500m 600m 450m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

40
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
8 days ago
27
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2134 m
650m 750m 1100m 550m 0m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

73
43
Hard
2 cm
19 days ago
1
19
1
part cloud clear part cloud light snow part cloud
Mid station 2390 m
0m 0m 750m 400m 0m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

123
90
Hard
5 cm
8 days ago
19
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1658 m
1250m 1600m 1450m 750m 350m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

115
44

Good

Varied
5 cm
7 days ago
20
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2186 m
950m 1100m 1300m 750m 250m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report 8 days ago

5 cm
8 days ago
19
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1730 m
1250m 1600m 1450m 750m 350m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

Chandolin webcam
70
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
8 days ago
29
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2326 m
550m 600m 1000m 650m 0m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report 8 days ago

2 cm
8 days ago
18
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 1469 m
1250m 1550m 1550m 650m 400m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report 8 days ago

6 cm
8 days ago
24
part cloud clear clear mod snow light snow
Mid station 1600 m
1150m 1400m 1400m 700m 400m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

40
5
Fair
Powder
5 cm
today
1
38
1
cloud clear part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 1388 m
0m 0m 450m 300m 400m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
2
43
2
light snow clear part cloud mod snow light snow
Mid station 1845 m
0m 0m 350m 350m 400m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

58
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
19 days ago
12
part cloud clear clear light snow part cloud
Mid station 2550 m
350m 550m 1100m 550m 350m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report 19 days ago

2 cm
19 days ago
1
19
1
part cloud clear part cloud light snow part cloud
Mid station 2388 m
0m 0m 750m 400m 0m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
80
40

Varied
3 cm
8 days ago
28
part cloud clear clear light snow light snow
Mid station 2250 m
600m 750m 1050m 750m 250m