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Unterwasser Ski Resort Guide

Unterwasser, Switzerland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Total Piste Length60km
Highest Lift2,262m
Resort Height900m
 Nearest AirportsBasel and Sion
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A small traditional village linked by funicular railway to the Churfirsten ski area linking Wildhaus and Alt St Johann on either side. Village side loipe and slopes are floodlit for night-time skiing.


The Swiss ski resort of Unterwasser is in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 900m, with 60km of marked runs.

Unterwasser has direct access to 60km of downhill skiing, with 25 marked pistes, served by a total of 19 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,262m, snow cover is generally reliable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Unterwasser offers some good boarding and there is a Snow Park in Unterwasser.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Unterwasser?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Unterwasser.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Unterwasser

Ski Area Stats

Unterwasser Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 5km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 2 10km
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Unterwasser Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,262m
Lowest Piste900m
Resort Altitude (Unterwasser)900m
Max Vertical1,362m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Unterwasser
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Unterwasser Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Unterwasser is 7km long and the most difficult run is the 'Ostabfahrt'.

Location and Map

Where is Unterwasser?

This ski resort is in the Swiss Alps in Alt Saint Johann, Toggenburg.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Unterwasser is Basel, 50 minutes drive away.

Sion, Memmingen, Berne, Lugano, Zurich, Innsbruck Airport, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Stuttgart and St. Gallen-Altenrhein airports are all within three hours drive.

Basel is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 19 ski lifts are able to uplift 17,750 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 10km of ski runs, with 24 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Unterwasser open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.


NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Unterwasser, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Unterwasser Tourist Office for the latest.