Au Ski Austria

Welcome to the Ski Austria page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Over recent years some of the most consistent good piste conditions have been reported at Kaprun, Zurs, Obergurgl, St Anton, Hintertux, Neustift, Lech and Pitztal showing a mix of glacial resorts and those most exposed to prevailing storm tracks.

However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the other high Austrian resorts or at lower elevation ski stations in poor weather.

For off-piste powder, resorts such as Kuhtai, Kaprun, Galtur, St Anton, Lech, Zurs, Obertauern and Ischgl have proven among the most consistent over the seasons, either brought on by regular snowfalls, favourable sun aspect or for not getting tracked out quickly. It is worth noting that while St Anton is an off-piste mecca it does get extremely busy and the lift accessed routes get tracked very quickly, however, it does benefit from regular heavy snowfalls.

Austrians have a very relaxed policy when it comes to skiing or boarding off-piste, however it is important to observe the warnings because Austria has its fair share of avalanche fatalities. Check out the snow reports below for the latest news as conditions change quickly in the Alps. Generally the best snow conditions arrive in Austria with weather systems tracking in from the north and northwest but you can expect snow from any direction producing reliable snow cover at most of the higher altitude resorts.

Austria is one of the world’s six leading ski nations and has played a crucial role in the development of downhill skiing over the past century.

There are more than 600 Austrian ski resorts of all sizes that fill every corner of the country, from the famous mountainous regions of Tirol and Stiermark in the West to the rolling hills of Eastern Austria.

Unlike in its Alpine neighbours, purpose build ski resorts are a real rarity in Austria. Although many of the country’s most famous resorts have been 95% built from scratch due to their success and expansion over the past 60 years, almost all new building is to strict planning regulations in the classic chalet style so villages always look attractive and it’s hard to know what is 2 years old and what 200.

Critics of Austrian skiing say that as a result of not building ski resorts on mountain tops most Austrian resorts are low – ranging from perhaps 600 to 1000m above sea level, and often their top lifts are below 2000m – which, the argument goes, can be bad news for snow cover.

In fact one of the most famous resorts criticised for that, Kitzbühel, published stats showing that their snow cover is little changed in the past 50 years. Perhaps, on average, arriving a day sooner and ending a day later than in the 1960s, but otherwise fairly constant.

Austria also beats its neighbours, and indeed any other country in the world, for glacier skiing. For much of those seven months of the year from May to November when few ski areas are open, up to eight glacier ski areas are open to ski Austria when no more than three are open in any other country north of the equator. These include the country’s highest ski lift at Pitztal Glacier 3440m.

Skiing in Austria was the most popular destination choice for British skiers in the 1970s and 1980s and remains second most popular after France. It lacks the vast ski areas of the French Alps – the largest region the slightly tenuous connection between the 280km of the Skiwelt and 160km or so around Kitzbühel, but Austria’s fans point out the terrain is more varied with runs down through the forest; friendly wooden mountain restaurants to stop off at, rather than vast motorway-services style concrete-cafeterias, and prices are generally 10 or 20% less for a lift ticket too.

The fore-runner of the style of downhill skiing we all enjoy today actually began in those smaller hills near Vienna. Pioneer Mathias Zdarsky developed it from the Norwegian Telemark technique invented 40 years earlier in to the first ‘Alpine’ style in 1905 and taught thousands of people the basics, many in huge 100+ people classes. Within a few years the Arlberg technique had appeared in St Anton, pioneered this time by one Johann ‘Hannes’ Schneider, which further developed downhill and popularised skiing worldwide as Schneider appeared in films and took the invention to Japan before going to the US when asked to support the Nazis. Instead he helped train the US Army mountain division, veterans from which were in turn behind the post-war development of ski areas in the Western US states like Colorado.
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Austria: latest snow conditions round-up


INTRODUCTION The second huge storm of 2018, Evi continued to deliver extremes of both snow and weather conditions across the Alps. Fresh snow blanketed much of the Alps, with the northern French resorts as well as those across much of Switzerland and Austria benefitting the most, in some instances figures as high as 120cm in 48 hours have been recorded.

However, as is often the case this was accompanied by partial or full resort closures due to wind and avalanche risks. The new week looks to be calmer however, at least until Friday where more new snow is expected.


AUSTRIA Much of Austria continued to be under the effects of Storm Evi on Monday the 22nd January with heavy snow continuing to fall, as well as have various disruptive effects on skiing within the region. Some examples of substantial snowfall include 75cm over Hintertux (130/285), and 50cm over Alpbach (80/210cm) on the 22nd, while Lech / Zurs (185/280) saw 100cm fall on Sunday. A number of resorts are seriously impacted by extreme weather, including full resort closures in Axamer Lizum (130/170cm), Gultur (125/230cm), and Kaunertal (275/415cm) among others due avalanche risks. Other areas saw parts of mountains closed, for example Sportgastein was closed within the Gastein region, while limited lifts ran within connected ski areas, for example the connections between Saalbach Hinterglemm (120/225cm) and Fieberbrunn (100/200cm) is currently not open, and significantly curtailed lift operations elsewhere, for example Ischgl (100/160cm) only spinning 11/45 lifts, and 37/88 in Arlberg. Beyond these examples, significant avalanche risks are in place across almost all resorts, meaning any riding should remain restricted to pistes until conditions improve. Luckily the rest of this week, at least from Tuesday till Friday looks to significantly improve conditions, with calmer skies and conditions that should hopefully help bond the snow layers and provide some improved skiing options. Following that point however, a new storm looks set to arrive on Friday, potentially bringing more disruptive weather.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 25resorts. Powder is reported at 62 resorts and 74 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Austria

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (62)Best piste conditions (74)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(950m — 1780m)

4
31
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
2300m 2100m 1550m 1200m 1650m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
6
18
28
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2450m 2250m 1550m 1100m 1750m

(1127m — 1500m)

1
26
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1314 m
1950m 2100m 1750m 1400m 1700m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
12
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1310 m
1900m 2750m 2000m 1500m 1800m

(721m — 1201m)

9
3
6
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 961 m
2450m 2350m 1600m 1200m 2000m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

Alpbachtal webcam
210
80
Powder
Windblown
50 cm
yesterday
3
12
17
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1419 m
2250m 2200m 1600m 1150m 1700m

(1000m — 1280m)

12
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1140 m
1850m 2800m 2050m 1550m 1750m

(750m — 1750m)

2
28
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1250 m
2200m 2250m 1650m 1250m 1600m

(655m — 1700m)

13
5
10
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1178 m
2450m 2350m 1600m 1150m 1900m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

Annaberg webcam
120
60

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
3
26
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1066 m
2200m 1900m 1500m 1200m 1550m

(1349m — 1593m)

19
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
1850m 2800m 2100m 1550m 1700m

(680m — 1600m)

38
clear
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
1650m 1450m 1650m 1700m 1950m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report today

210
80

Fresh

Fresh
50 cm
yesterday
3
12
18
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2300m 2300m 1650m 1150m 1700m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

Axamer Lizum webcam
170
130
Powder
Powder
50 cm
2 days ago
7
19
18
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2400m 2150m 1450m 1250m 1900m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report today

Bad Gastein webcam
210
55

Good

Varied
10 cm
yesterday
1
14
34
clear
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1655 m
1850m 1650m 1600m 1450m 1700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
210
55

Fresh

Fresh
10 cm
yesterday
1
12
32
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1570 m
1900m 1750m 1600m 1450m 1750m

(470m — 1415m)

1
19
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 942 m
2250m 2350m 1700m 1200m 1650m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

95
30

Good

Varied
10 cm
6 days ago
3
26
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1528 m
1550m 1350m 1500m 1650m 1850m

(1650m — 2200m)

6
11
24
clear
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1925 m
1600m 1250m 1450m 1650m 1900m

(1019m — 2231m)

5
21
17
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2050m 1750m 1500m 1300m 1750m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
190
140
Packed today
9
11
16
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1408 m
2500m 2250m 1500m 1150m 1850m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
10
14
19
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2450m 2150m 1450m 1150m 1800m

(681m — 1700m)

14
7
12
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1190 m
2400m 2250m 1550m 1100m 1800m

(1030m — 1201m)

36
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1116 m
1850m 2050m 1700m 1650m 1850m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

170
50
Powder
Fresh
50 cm
yesterday
20
8
12
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
2200m 2050m 1450m 1100m 1700m

(421m — 1064m)

3
2
4
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 742 m
2450m 2350m 1600m 1200m 2000m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

Brixen im Thale webcam
165
80

Excellent

Fresh
yesterday
2
9
14
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2400m 2400m 1700m 1200m 1800m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
6
41
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
1700m 1650m 1450m 1300m 1400m

(1000m — 2301m)

22
15
24
partly cloudy
cloudy
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2100m 1750m 1350m 1200m 1600m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

220
30

Fresh

Fresh
20 cm
yesterday
23
11
18
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1660 m
2350m 2150m 1500m 1100m 1700m

(1410m — 2525m)

5
29
24
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1968 m
1850m 1700m 1500m 1550m 1750m

(850m — 2060m)

20
12
19
partly cloudy
cloudy
heavy snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1455 m
2300m 2100m 1500m 1100m 1650m

(800m — 2000m)

2
15
35
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1950m 1850m 1600m 1250m 1500m

(1367m — 2168m)

4
7
47
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
1750m 1750m 1650m 1700m 1900m

(990m — 2100m)

4
30
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1545 m
1750m 1950m 1600m 1450m 1600m

(681m — 1551m)

37
clear
light snow
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1600m 1450m 1650m 1700m 1950m

(800m — 1600m)

1
6
26
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1200 m
2150m 2300m 1700m 1150m 1550m