Snow reliability - European Ski Resorts A-Z

This is our comprehensive guide to snow reliability in European ski resorts.


We've given each resort ratings for the 5 key elements contributing to its overall snow reliability: 


1.  General snow cover

The chances of decent snow cover across the ski area as a whole - both on and off-piste.

2.  Snow quality (upper slopes)

Average snow quality on the upper slopes.


Note: Snow doesn't necessarily need to be deep to be of good quality.  More

3.  Snow quality (lower slopes)

Average snow quality on the lower slopes.

4.  Resort level snow

Snow cover and quality at and around resort level.

5.  Powder potential

The chances of finding powder off-piste.


Note: This takes into account both average snowfall and the potential to retain snow in a powdery state. It doesn't necessarily reflect how quickly it might get tracked out.


REMEMBER! - Our snow reliability guides are just that – guides, not guarantees! 


Don't assume that a resort with a good snow record will always deliver, or that one with a poor record won't. We have encountered threadbare pistes in Tignes in January, and thigh deep powder in Morzine in April. This doesn't happen often, of course, but we should emphasise that even the "least reliable" resorts can have epic conditions - sometimes for weeks on end.


What this A-Z is designed to do is help you make a more informed choice when it comes to considering snow reliability.



Adelboden, Switzerland


Alagna, Italy


Alpbach, Austria


Alpe d'Huez, France


Andermatt, Switzerland


Arabba, Italy


Arcalis, Andorra


Åre, Sweden


Argentière, France


Arinsal, Andorra


Arosa, Switzerland


Auffach, Austria


Avoriaz, France


Axamer Lizum, Austria


Bad Gastein, Austria


Baqueira Beret, Spain


Bardonecchia, Italy


Bormio, Italy


Braunwald, Switzerland


Cairngorm, Scotland


Cervinia, Italy


Chamonix, France


Champéry, Switzerland


Champoluc, Italy


Champoussin, Switzerland


Châtel, France


Colfosco, Italy


Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy


Corvara, Italy


Courchevel, France


Courmayeur, Italy


Crans Montana, Switzerland


Crest-Voland, France


Damüls, Austria


Davos, Switzerland


Ellmau, Austria


Engelberg, Switzerland


Finkenberg, Austria


Fiss, Austria


Flaine, France


Fulpmes, Austria


Galtür, Austria


Grand Tourmalet, France


Gressoney, Italy


Grimentz, Switzerland


Grindelwald, Switzerland


Gstaad, Switzerland


Hintertux, Austria


Hopfgarten, Austria


Ischgl, Austria


Isola 2000, France


Itter, Austria


Kaprun, Austria


Kirchberg, Austria


Kitzbühel, Austria


Klosters, Switzerland


Kühtai, Austria


Laax, Switzerland


La Clusaz, France


La Foux d'Allos, France


La Grave, France


La Plagne, France


La Rosière, France


La Tania, France


La Thuile, Italy


La Toussuire, France


Lech, Austria


Le Corbier, France


Le Grand Bornand, France


Lenzerheide, Switzerland


Les 2 Alpes, France


Les Arcs, France


Les Contamines, France


Les Crosets, Switzerland


Les Gets, France


Les Houches, France


Les Menuires, France


Les Saisies, France


Les Sybelles, France


Livigno, Italy


Madonna di Campiglio, Italy


Mayrhofen, Austria


Megève, France


Méribel, France


Montchavin-Les Coches, France


Monterosa Ski, Italy


Montgenèvre, France


Morzine, France


Mürren, Switzerland


Neustift, Austria


Niederau, Austria


Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, France


Oberau, Austria


Obergurgl, Austria


Obertauern, Austria


Ortisei, Italy


Pal, Andorra


Pas de la Casa, Andorra


Passo Tonale, Italy


Peisey-Vallandry, France


Pila, Italy


Pra-Loup, France


Praz de Lys - Sommand, France


Praz-sur-Arly, France


Puy-St-Vincent, France


Risoul, France


Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria


Saas-Fee, Switzerland


San Cassiano, Italy


Sauze d'Oulx, Italy


Scheffau, Austria


Schladming, Austria


Selva di Val Gardena, Italy


Serfaus, Austria


Serre Chevalier, France


Sestriere, Italy


Skiwelt, Austria


Sölden, Austria


Soldeu, Andorra


Söll, Austria


St Anton, Austria


Ste Foy-Tarentaise, France


St Jean d'Aulps, France


St Luc, Switzerland


St Martin de Belleville, France


St Moritz, Switzerland


St Sorlin d'Arves, France


Stubai Valley, Austria


Telfes, Austria


Tignes, France


Valbella, Switzerland


Val Cenis, France


Val d'Anniviers, Switzerland


Val d’Isère, France


Valloire, France


Valmeinier, France


Valmorel, France


Val Thorens, France


Vars, France


Verbier, Switzerland


Villard-de-Lans, France


Villars, Switzerland


Warth-Schröcken, Austria


Wengen, Switzerland


Westendorf, Austria


Wildschönau, Austria


Zermatt, Switzerland


Zinal, Switzerland


Zürs, Austria