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 Switzerland remains in second place in terms of the number of open areas with five centres currently open and a sixth, the Gemmstock ski area above Andermatt, due to join them this weekend. Pre-season conditions were already great there even before the fresh snow this week. Zermatt (10/220cm / 4/88”) announced at the end of last week that it's 51km of runs open, including terrain on the newly-opened Cervinia side, was the most open anywhere in the world at present.

But it is unclear if the Italian terrain has closed as access from the Cervinia side has closed due to the new Italian firebreak limited-duration lockdown that kicked in on Monday. Also open are Saas Fee (10/210cm / 4/84”) with 35km (22 miles) of runs skiable, another of the largest areas in the world open so far. You can also ski on smaller areas at Engelberg's Titlis glacier (0/90cm / 0/36”), at Glacier 3000 (10/70cm / 4/26”) between Gstaad and Les Diablerets or on the newly opened slopes at Parsenn above Davos at the weekend. All have had a good dump of fresh snow to start the week making for better conditions going into November.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 5 resorts. Powder is reported at 3 resorts and 10 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 (3)Best piste conditions (10)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report today

Adelboden webcam
196
End Of Season
No Info
2 cm
today
4
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1875 m
1900m 2950m 3600m 3250m 3400m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 3 days ago

27 cm
3 days ago
1
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1312 m
1850m 2900m 3600m 3250m 3350m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

176
opens in 44 days
No Info
55 cm
2 days ago
2
6
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
2150m 2750m 3600m 3400m 3500m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

226
No Info
2 cm
today
1
6
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1836 m
1850m 2550m 3500m 3200m 3350m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 51 days 52 cm
2 days ago
5
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1530 m
1800m 2600m 3500m 3250m 3350m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
296
×
Closed
No Info
1 cm
today
4
1
14
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
2000m 2700m 3550m 3350m 3450m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report today

Anzère webcam
242
×
Closed
No Info
2 cm
today
3
light rain
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1942 m
2100m 3050m 3600m 3300m 3450m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report today

Arolla webcam
opens in 44 days 2 cm
today
2
5
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
2450m 3000m 3600m 3400m 3550m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

265

Good
No Info
96 cm
2 days ago
1
11
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
2000m 2250m 3600m 3350m 3550m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 39 days 31 cm
3 days ago
1
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1184 m
1750m 2600m 3500m 3150m 3250m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 2 days ago

104 cm
2 days ago
4
16
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
2300m 2500m 3600m 3450m 3500m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 3 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
36 cm
3 days ago
3
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1576 m
1750m 2850m 3600m 3250m 3350m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report today

255
End Of Season
No Info
1 cm
today
3
7
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2216 m
2350m 2950m 3600m 3400m 3450m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

opens in 44 days 1 cm
today
5
10
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
2350m 2900m 3600m 3450m 3450m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report 2 days ago

108 cm
2 days ago
3
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2306 m
2350m 2300m 3600m 3400m 3550m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report today

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
1 cm
today
4
1
11
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
2400m 2900m 3600m 3400m 3450m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

256
No Info
No Info
113 cm
2 days ago
4
14
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
2400m 2450m 3650m 3450m 3500m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report today

No Info
69 cm
2 days ago
10
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1900 m
2250m 2900m 3600m 3450m 3450m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

190
End Of Season
No Info
2 cm
today
1
1
9
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1861 m
1750m 2600m 3550m 3300m 3400m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
1
6
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
1850m 2850m 3550m 3300m 3350m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report 2 days ago

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
opens in 37 days 108 cm
2 days ago
2
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2152 m
1800m 2450m 3550m 3350m 3500m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report today

2 cm
today
2
cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1894 m
2350m 3150m 3600m 3300m 3500m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 3 days ago

27 cm
3 days ago
1
light rain
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1318 m
1950m 3000m 3500m 3150m 3250m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
31 cm
3 days ago
2
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1327 m
1500m 2800m 3550m 3250m 3300m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

255
End Of Season
No Info
1 cm
today
1
4
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2134 m
2300m 2950m 3600m 3400m 3450m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report today

306
No Info
115 cm
2 days ago
4
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2390 m
2400m 2300m 3600m 3450m 3550m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report today

225
No Info
30 cm
3 days ago
3
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1658 m
2050m 3100m 3550m 3200m 3200m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report today

220
No Info
No Info
2 cm
today
3
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 2186 m
2350m 3250m 3600m 3300m 3450m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
3
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1730 m
2100m 3100m 3550m 3200m 3200m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report today

Chandolin webcam
248
End Of Season
No Info
2 cm
today
1
3
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2326 m
2200m 3000m 3600m 3350m 3450m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report 3 days ago

29 cm
3 days ago
2
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1850m 3000m 3550m 3150m 3300m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report 3 days ago

Château d'Oex webcam
32 cm
3 days ago
2
light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1600 m
1950m 3000m 3550m 3200m 3300m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report today

217
End Of Season
No Info
65 cm
2 days ago
5
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1388 m
1850m 2300m 3550m 3350m 3500m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report 2 days ago

86 cm
2 days ago
1
10
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1845 m
1850m 2250m 3550m 3350m 3500m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 30 days 107 cm
2 days ago
4
12
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2550 m
2400m 2550m 3650m 3450m 3500m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report 2 days ago

116 cm
2 days ago
4
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2388 m
2400m 2300m 3600m 3450m 3550m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
300
opens in 30 days
No Info
27 cm
3 days ago
1
3
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2250 m
2100m 3050m 3600m 3300m 3450m