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 There are three ski areas open in Switzerland after three months with only two as the Titlis glacier above Engelberg (0/40cm) has re-opened for its long season through to next May. It joins Saas Fee (0/180cm) and Zermatt (0/200cm), both of which report around 18km of runs currently open.

For Engelberg's Titlis ski area it's a little over six kilometres skiable so far. More Swiss areas are expected to open over the next few weekends with the Diavolezza glacier in the Engadin Valley near St Moritz scheduled to open this weekend and three more areas - Arosa-Lenbzerheide, Andermatt and Laax the weekend after at the end of October.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 223 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 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

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1350m — 2400m)

snow report 5 days ago

Adelboden webcam
opens in 40 days 6 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1875 m
3250m 3600m 3850m 3350m 3250m

(999m — 1626m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1312 m
3300m 3600m 3850m 3400m 3250m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 18 days ago

opens in 40 days 1 cm
18 days ago
heavy rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1712 m
3150m 3350m 3350m 2950m 3300m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report 5 days ago

5 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1836 m
3350m 3650m 3950m 3550m 3350m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 61 days 5 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1530 m
3350m 3600m 3900m 3500m 3350m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 5 days ago

Andermatt webcam
opens in 12 days 16 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 2200 m
3200m 3450m 3550m 3100m 3350m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 5 days ago

Anzère webcam
opens in 62 days 13 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1942 m
3200m 3550m 3600m 3150m 3250m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report 5 days ago

Arolla webcam
opens in 54 days 14 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 2500 m
3200m 3400m 3400m 3000m 3200m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 40 days 4 cm
5 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2200 m
3250m 3500m 3650m 3400m 3400m

(975m — 1393m)

opens in 54 days
light rain
cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1184 m
3300m 3600m 4000m 3500m 3350m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2282 m
3200m 3450m 3550m 3250m 3400m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 14 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
7 cm
14 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1576 m
3300m 3600m 3900m 3400m 3250m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 61 days 20 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 2216 m
3200m 3450m 3500m 3100m 3250m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 54 days 24 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 2084 m
3150m 3400m 3450m 3000m 3300m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2306 m
3250m 3450m 3650m 3350m 3400m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
1 cm
2 days ago
1
moderate rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2681 m
3150m 3450m 3500m 3100m 3300m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bivio webcam
opens in 61 days 1 cm
2 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2514 m
3200m 3450m 3600m 3250m 3400m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report 5 days ago

10 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1900 m
3200m 3350m 3300m 2950m 3250m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 54 days 7 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1861 m
3250m 3550m 3750m 3350m 3350m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 5 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
27 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 2003 m
3350m 3550m 3800m 3350m 3250m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report 5 days ago

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
opens in 60 days 6 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 2152 m
3200m 3450m 3600m 3250m 3350m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report 5 days ago

9 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1894 m
3200m 3550m 3600m 3100m 3250m

(929m — 1707m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1318 m
3200m 3600m 3900m 3350m 3250m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 18 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
1 cm
18 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1327 m
3300m 3550m 3900m 3400m 3250m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 61 days 12 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
clear
Mid station 2134 m
3250m 3450m 3450m 3000m 3250m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2390 m
3250m 3400m 3600m 3250m 3400m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 14 days ago

4 cm
14 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1658 m
3150m 3650m 3850m 3200m 3200m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report 5 days ago

15 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2186 m
3200m 3550m 3650m 3150m 3250m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1730 m
3150m 3600m 3850m 3200m 3200m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 5 days ago

Chandolin webcam
opens in 61 days 12 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2326 m
3250m 3500m 3550m 3050m 3250m

(1045m — 1893m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
3200m 3600m 3900m 3350m 3250m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report 14 days ago

Château d'Oex webcam
4 cm
14 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
3200m 3600m 3850m 3300m 3250m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 18 days ago

opens in 54 days 1 cm
18 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1388 m
3300m 3500m 3650m 3350m 3400m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report 5 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1845 m
3300m 3500m 3650m 3350m 3400m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 33 days 1 cm
2 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2550 m
3250m 3450m 3600m 3250m 3400m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2388 m
3250m 3400m 3600m 3250m 3400m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 5 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
opens in 50 days 13 cm
5 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 2250 m
3200m 3550m 3650m 3150m 3250m