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 High slopes in Switzerland have seen another snowy week with Engelberg (0/665cm) reporting 45cm (18 inches) of fresh snow in the past 72 hours. It's base depth, up on the Titlis glacier where the ski season still has another two weeks to run, has actually deepened since last week. It remains the deepest snow base in the Alps as it has been for several months since overtaking Andermatt (0/600cm), which also reported some fresh snow on higher slopes in the past week.

It will open its Gemsstock area this weekend again, but the coming weekend is scheduled to be the last of its long season. Zermatt (0/230cm), however, remains open and aims to stay open all year.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Switzerland. Fresh snow is forecast at 223 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 1 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 (1)Best piste conditions (1)

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 7 days ago

Adelboden webcam
opens in 194 days 10 cm
7 days ago
2
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1875 m
2350m 2450m 2650m 2950m 2850m

(999m — 1626m)

snow report 8 days ago

3 cm
8 days ago
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1312 m
2350m 2450m 2650m 2950m 2850m

(1175m — 2249m)

snow report 8 days ago

2 cm
8 days ago
moderate rain
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1712 m
2500m 2600m 2700m 3000m 3000m

(1045m — 2627m)

snow report 7 days ago

28 cm
7 days ago
7
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1836 m
2500m 2400m 2550m 2800m 2900m

(1103m — 1956m)

snow report 7 days ago

opens in 215 days 21 cm
7 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1530 m
2450m 2400m 2550m 2850m 2900m

(1436m — 2963m)

snow report 2 days ago

Andermatt webcam
600
Powder
Powder
2 cm
yesterday
11
7
light snow
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2200 m
2450m 2500m 2600m 2950m 2950m

(1423m — 2462m)

snow report 8 days ago

8 cm
8 days ago
9
2
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1942 m
2300m 2400m 2700m 2950m 2900m

(2000m — 3000m)

snow report yesterday

Arolla webcam
23 cm
yesterday
19
8
light snow
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2500 m
2350m 2450m 2650m 2950m 2950m

(1750m — 2650m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 159 days 3 cm
5 days ago
17
9
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2200 m
2400m 2400m 2550m 2850m 2950m

(975m — 1393m)

snow report 8 days ago

3 cm
8 days ago
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1184 m
2450m 2350m 2500m 2850m 2850m

(1963m — 2601m)

snow report yesterday

15 cm
yesterday
15
14
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2282 m
2450m 2600m 2700m 2950m 3050m

(1200m — 1951m)

snow report 8 days ago

Beatenberg webcam
5 cm
8 days ago
moderate rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1576 m
2350m 2450m 2650m 2950m 2850m

(1322m — 3110m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
13
5
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2216 m
2450m 2550m 2700m 2900m 2950m

(1609m — 2559m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
3
2
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2084 m
2500m 2550m 2700m 2950m 3000m

(1594m — 3019m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
20
14
moderate snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2306 m
2450m 2500m 2600m 2850m 3050m

(2288m — 3074m)

snow report yesterday

Bettmeralp - Aletsch webcam
8 cm
yesterday
26
12
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 2681 m
2450m 2550m 2650m 2900m 2950m

(2054m — 2973m)

snow report yesterday

Bivio webcam
14 cm
yesterday
17
19
moderate snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2514 m
2450m 2600m 2700m 2900m 3050m

(1500m — 2301m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1900 m
2550m 2700m 2800m 3000m 3050m

(1510m — 2212m)

snow report 7 days ago

28 cm
7 days ago
2
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1861 m
2450m 2400m 2550m 2850m 2900m

(1684m — 2322m)

snow report 2 days ago

Brienz - Axalp webcam
1 cm
2 days ago
9
5
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2003 m
2350m 2450m 2600m 2900m 2850m

(1497m — 2808m)

snow report yesterday

Brigels-Waltensburg-Andiast webcam
3 cm
yesterday
14
9
light snow
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2152 m
2450m 2450m 2550m 2900m 2950m

(1210m — 2578m)

snow report 8 days ago

12 cm
8 days ago
1
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1894 m
2350m 2400m 2700m 2950m 2900m

(929m — 1707m)

snow report 15 days ago

12 cm
15 days ago
heavy rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1318 m
2350m 2450m 2700m 3000m 2800m

(1069m — 1585m)

snow report 8 days ago

Bumbach / Schangnau webcam
3 cm
8 days ago
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1327 m
2350m 2450m 2650m 2900m 2850m

(1718m — 2550m)

snow report 8 days ago

3 cm
8 days ago
4
1
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2134 m
2400m 2450m 2700m 2950m 2950m

(1476m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
20
16
moderate snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2390 m
2450m 2600m 2600m 2850m 3100m

(1040m — 2277m)

snow report 8 days ago

Champéry webcam
6 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1658 m
2350m 2450m 2750m 3050m 2850m

(1702m — 2671m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
20
6
light snow
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2186 m
2350m 2450m 2700m 2950m 2900m

(1310m — 2150m)

snow report 8 days ago

Champoussin webcam
8 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1730 m
2350m 2450m 2750m 3050m 2900m

(1650m — 3001m)

snow report 8 days ago

Chandolin webcam
opens in 215 days 6 cm
8 days ago
6
2
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 2326 m
2350m 2400m 2700m 2950m 2900m

(1045m — 1893m)

snow report 8 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1469 m
2350m 2450m 2700m 2950m 2850m

(1000m — 2200m)

snow report 8 days ago

Château d'Oex webcam
6 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
2350m 2450m 2700m 3000m 2850m

(600m — 2175m)

snow report 8 days ago

5 cm
8 days ago
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1388 m
2400m 2400m 2550m 2850m 2950m

(1480m — 2210m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
2
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1845 m
2400m 2400m 2600m 2850m 2950m

(1797m — 3303m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
17
19
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2550 m
2450m 2650m 2700m 2900m 3100m

(1720m — 3057m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
20
16
moderate snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 2388 m
2450m 2600m 2600m 2850m 3100m

(1500m — 3000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Crans Montana webcam
opens in 204 days 1 cm
2 days ago
11
4
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 2250 m
2300m 2400m 2700m 2950m 2900m