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 Swiss ski areas still hold the top two positions for ‘deepest snow base in the world' after the country enjoyed more heavy snow too through the past week, again seeing the heaviest snowfalls, like the rest of the Alps, last Thursday and Friday. Engelberg (10/626cm) and Andermatt (65/600cm) both have more than six weeks of the ski season left, staying open into May.

Swiss resorts have also posted the biggest snowfalls of the past seven days with little Vals (40/300cm) posting 1.5 metres (5 feet) of fresh snow and Les Marécottes - Salvan (0/270cm) 138cm (4.6 feet). As can be seen though, from some of the lower slope numbers for ski areas like Les Marécottes and Engelberg, in Switzerland too there's little left in the valleys at many areas and the era of top-to-bottom skiing this season looks to be nearing its end at quite a few of them.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 223 resorts. Powder is reported at 32 resorts and 68 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 (32)Best piste conditions (68)

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 yesterday

Adelboden webcam
180
4

Good
Hard
3 cm
yesterday
2
10
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
900m 1450m 1800m 2100m 2350m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 15 days ago

End Of Season
No Info
24 cm
43 days ago
1
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
900m 1450m 1800m 2200m 2400m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report yesterday

100
40

Good
Hard
1 cm
yesterday
1
17
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1712 m
1050m 1400m 1750m 2050m 2250m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report yesterday

300
40

Good

Powder
8 cm
yesterday
4
2
27
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1836 m
950m 1050m 1550m 2050m 2450m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report yesterday

No Info
No Info
24 cm
11 days ago
5
1
23
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1530 m
950m 1050m 1550m 2000m 2450m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report yesterday

Andermatt webcam
600
104
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
yesterday
3
1
30
clear
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
1000m 1250m 1650m 2000m 2250m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report yesterday

220
60

Good
Spring Snow
1 cm
yesterday
3
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1942 m
1100m 1750m 2100m 2250m 2400m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
208
68
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
2
1
11
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2500 m
1000m 1800m 2050m 2150m 2350m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report yesterday

240
140

Good
Hard
2 cm
yesterday
2
15
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2200 m
900m 1150m 1550m 2000m 2400m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
11
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1184 m
950m 1100m 1700m 2250m 2500m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

135
85

Good

Powder
18 cm
8 days ago
1
27
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2282 m
900m 1300m 1650m 2000m 2400m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 7 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
No Info
No Info
24 cm
15 days ago
1
8
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1576 m
950m 1400m 1800m 2250m 2400m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report yesterday

235
Spring snow 3 cm
yesterday
2
1
18
clear
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2216 m
1100m 1650m 1950m 2150m 2350m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report yesterday

125
45
Old snow 3 cm
yesterday
2
1
25
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2084 m
1100m 1550m 1850m 2100m 2250m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report yesterday

No Info
No Info
24 cm
11 days ago
2
1
28
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2306 m
850m 1150m 1550m 1950m 2350m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report yesterday

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
7 cm
yesterday
4
2
36
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2681 m
1050m 1550m 1850m 2100m 2300m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
170
60
Powder
Powder
19 cm
8 days ago
1
34
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2514 m
900m 1250m 1650m 1950m 2350m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

80
60

Good
Hard
15 cm
8 days ago
14
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1900 m
1400m 1600m 1900m 2100m 2300m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report yesterday

260
100
Sat
Spring Snow
4 cm
yesterday
6
1
25
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1861 m
950m 1100m 1550m 2000m 2450m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

Brienz - Axalp webcam
105
60

Good
Spring Snow
3 cm
yesterday
2
20
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2003 m
900m 1400m 1750m 2100m 2350m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
180
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
4
23
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2152 m
900m 1100m 1550m 1950m 2350m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
5
clear
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1894 m
1100m 1800m 2100m 2200m 2400m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 3 days ago

End Of Season
No Info
24 cm
8 days ago
8
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1318 m
1000m 1350m 1850m 2200m 2350m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 11 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
End Of Season
No Info
24 cm
43 days ago
1
9
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1327 m
950m 1350m 1750m 2200m 2400m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 8 days ago

3 cm
8 days ago
6
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2134 m
1150m 1800m 2100m 2200m 2350m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

161
73

Good

Powder
21 cm
8 days ago
1
1
33
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2390 m
800m 1150m 1550m 1950m 2350m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 8 days ago

Champéry webcam
9 cm
8 days ago
12
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1658 m
1150m 1550m 1850m 2150m 2300m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

170
75

Good

Powder
2 cm
yesterday
9
clear
clear
snow showers
cloudy
clear
Mid station 2186 m
1050m 1750m 2050m 2200m 2350m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report 8 days ago

Champoussin webcam
11 cm
8 days ago
13
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1730 m
1100m 1550m 1850m 2150m 2300m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

Chandolin webcam
155

Good
Hard
2 cm
8 days ago
3
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2326 m
1100m 1800m 2100m 2200m 2400m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
1
9
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
950m 1350m 1800m 2150m 2350m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

Château d'Oex webcam
2 cm
yesterday
1
11
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1000m 1500m 1850m 2150m 2350m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1388 m
900m 1150m 1600m 2150m 2500m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
9
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1845 m
900m 1150m 1600m 2100m 2500m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 4 days ago

200
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 8 days ago
1
31
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 2550 m
1000m 1300m 1700m 2000m 2350m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report 8 days ago

21 cm
8 days ago
1
1
34
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 2388 m
800m 1150m 1550m 1950m 2350m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Crans Montana webcam
150

Good

Powder
1 cm
yesterday
4
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2250 m
1100m 1750m 2100m 2200m 2400m