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 REPORT We are now into the fourth sunny week in a row in Switzerland; not wanting to sound too repetitive but the picture has changed very little. Snow cover is pretty good from about 1500 metres altitude and above. This is the snow that fell in November and December, topped up with snow-making at many resorts. Lower slopes generally have cover with snow moved down from above in green valleys.

The snow on-piste is generally good, especially in the mornings, as it has become very hard-packed and as the days are short in January the groomed surface can be skied off leaving icy slopes below. Andermatt (36/390cm / 14/156”) continues to post the deepest base in the country.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 5 resorts. Powder is reported at 36 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 (36)Best piste conditions (36)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report today

Adelboden webcam
76
20
Artificial 11 cm
yesterday
1
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1875 m
1250m 0m 700m 1950m 1900m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1312 m
1500m 0m 1050m 2300m 2100m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report today

150
20
Powder
Powder
3 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1712 m
1200m 0m 750m 1750m 1800m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1836 m
1500m 0m 1250m 2600m 2400m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report today

30
Powder
Powder
11 cm
today
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1530 m
1450m 0m 1100m 2500m 2300m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report today

Andermatt webcam
390
47
Powder
Powder
8 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
1200m 0m 700m 1650m 1750m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

Anzère webcam
140
40
Powder
Powder
13 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1942 m
1250m 0m 750m 1550m 1750m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
138
59
Powder
Powder
14 cm
yesterday
3
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
1250m 0m 900m 1900m 1900m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report today

80
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
yesterday
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
1150m 0m 900m 2050m 2300m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 5 days 6 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1184 m
1500m 0m 1700m 2600m 2350m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
1
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2282 m
1150m 0m 900m 1900m 2150m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report yesterday

Beatenberg webcam
8 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1576 m
1550m 0m 1250m 2350m 2150m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report today

128
1
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
yesterday
1
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2216 m
1250m 0m 800m 1800m 1900m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report today

120
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
yesterday
1
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2084 m
1250m 0m 800m 1850m 1900m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2306 m
1150m 0m 1000m 2050m 2450m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report yesterday

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
8 cm
yesterday
1
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2681 m
1250m 0m 800m 1850m 1950m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report today

Bivio webcam
110
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2514 m
1200m 0m 1050m 2000m 2350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1900 m
1250m 400m 950m 2000m 1900m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report today

135
32
Powder
Powder
12 cm
today
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1861 m
1350m 0m 900m 2250m 2100m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

Brienz - Axalp webcam
11 cm
yesterday
1
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2003 m
1550m 350m 1200m 2300m 2100m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
105
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2152 m
1150m 0m 650m 1600m 1600m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1894 m
1300m 0m 750m 1800m 1800m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report yesterday

11 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
1350m 0m 450m 2300m 2100m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report yesterday

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
8 cm
yesterday
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1327 m
1600m 0m 1400m 2400m 2150m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report today

60
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
yesterday
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2134 m
1250m 0m 800m 1750m 1900m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
1
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2390 m
1200m 0m 1100m 2100m 2450m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report yesterday

16 cm
yesterday
1
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
1300m 0m 750m 2200m 2000m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

17 cm
yesterday
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2186 m
1350m 0m 700m 1750m 1800m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report yesterday

Champoussin webcam
16 cm
yesterday
1
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
1300m 0m 750m 2200m 2000m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

Chandolin webcam
90
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2326 m
1300m 0m 800m 1550m 1900m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
1350m 0m 450m 2250m 2050m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

Château d'Oex webcam
18 cm
yesterday
1
2
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1600 m
1250m 0m 450m 2050m 1900m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

60
Packed powder or groomed snow 8 cm
today
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1388 m
1200m 0m 900m 2200m 2200m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report today

9 cm
today
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1845 m
1200m 0m 950m 2100m 2200m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

102
48
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
yesterday
1
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2550 m
1250m 0m 1150m 2050m 2400m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
1
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2388 m
1200m 0m 1100m 2100m 2500m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report today

Crans Montana webcam
130
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 14 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2250 m
1250m 0m 750m 1550m 1800m