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 Thursday 16th of February was one heck of a day for French resorts where the sun ruled supreme over both ranges. Slope quality varied depending on the temperatures, recent snowfalls and exposure to the sun but remained generally good to excellent.


AUSTRIA There has been so much sun over our featured Austrian resorts of late, that you would be forgiven for thinking that spring has come early. Thursday 16th February was no exception to this, providing the common theme of packed upper slopes and softening resort runs. The off piste across the country now consists almost entirely of crud and is tracked out in the majority of areas. In the Ski Welt (55/65cm) the resorts of Ellmau, Hoptgarten, Scheffau and Soll have all seen a slight decrease in their base depths, where temperatures of around +5C have certainly been a contributing factor. However, this did not prevent 89/91 lifts running in the area and 263km of well-groomed slopes being prepared. Looking towards the Schladming area, temperatures were slightly cooler at around +3C, and some excellent skiing was on offer on the upper slopes at Obertauern (110/1170cm), Zauchensee (90/120cm) and Schladming (90/130cm). In the same area at Wagrain (90/170cm), the sun shone bright over the snow park, as skiers and boarders enjoyed a slightly softer landing area to the kickers and rails. Looking to the current forecast, Friday 17th is expected to be a polar opposite day to Thursday. Snow is predicted across the country, where the heaviest accumulations of over 20cm are expected for the Arlberg resorts of St Anton (60/150cm) and Zurs (70/100cm). Saturday 18th is expected to be a bring a return to brighter skies for much of the country, and fingers are crossed that there will be plenty of fresh tracks to be had,

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 144resorts. Powder is reported at 8 resorts and 32 are reporting good piste conditions.

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 (8)Best piste conditions (32)

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(950m — 1780m)

2
19
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1365 m
1350m 1850m 1900m 1950m 1400m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
9
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
1500m 2000m 2100m 2150m 1550m

(1127m — 1500m)

13
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
1300m 1850m 1900m 2050m 1450m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
6
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
1300m 1850m 1900m 2200m 1600m

(721m — 1201m)

1
partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 961 m
1500m 1900m 1900m 2000m 1450m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 3 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
80
45
Packed
Varied
5 cm
14 days ago
5
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
1450m 1950m 2100m 2150m 1600m

(1000m — 1280m)

4
snow showers
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1250m 1850m 1950m 2300m 1650m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
2
25
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1250 m
1300m 1700m 1750m 1900m 1350m

(655m — 1700m)

12
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
1500m 1850m 1900m 2000m 1450m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

Annaberg webcam
70
40
Packed today
10
partly cloudy
heavy rain
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
1250m 1700m 1800m 1800m 1400m

(1349m — 1593m)

8
partly cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
1300m 1950m 2000m 2300m 1700m

(680m — 1600m)

clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1140 m
1400m 1650m 1900m 1950m 1800m

(1310m — 1900m)

1
6
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
1500m 2000m 2100m 2150m 1600m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 3 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
90
70

Good

Varied
5 cm
12 days ago
1
4
clear
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1650m 2050m 2200m 2200m 1700m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bad Gastein webcam
135
55
Packed
Crud
5 cm
14 days ago
3
3
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
1400m 1750m 2000m 1850m 1600m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
135
55
Packed
Crud
5 cm
14 days ago
2
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
1400m 1750m 2000m 1850m 1600m

(470m — 1415m)

12
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 942 m
1350m 1750m 1850m 2000m 1350m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 3 days ago

45
30
Packed
Limited
5 cm
9 days ago
Overcast skies // 17 Feb
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
1450m 1750m 1950m 1750m 1650m

(1650m — 2200m)

1
1
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
1500m 1900m 1950m 1700m 1650m

(1019m — 2231m)

1
2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
1550m 1950m 2150m 2100m 1700m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
80
70
Packed 3 days ago
5
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
1600m 1950m 2050m 2050m 1600m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
4
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
1600m 1900m 2050m 2050m 1600m

(681m — 1700m)

14
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
1450m 1800m 1950m 2000m 1450m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1450m 1950m 2050m 2200m 1950m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 3 days ago

90
10
Hard packed
Crud
3 cm
20 days ago
1
7
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
1500m 1800m 2050m 2050m 1500m

(421m — 1064m)

partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 742 m
1500m 1900m 1800m 1950m 1450m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

Brixen im Thale webcam
70
60

Good
Packed
yesterday
3
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
1550m 2000m 2150m 2200m 1600m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
21
24
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 1950 m
1200m 1550m 1650m 1650m 1400m

(1000m — 2301m)

9
14
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1500m 1700m 1850m 1900m 1500m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 3 days ago

105
60
Packed
Varied
10 cm
14 days ago
13
22
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
1450m 1800m 1950m 2000m 1500m

(1410m — 2525m)

4
3
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1500m 1900m 2150m 1900m 1700m

(850m — 2060m)

2
23
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1455 m
1450m 1750m 1800m 1900m 1450m

(800m — 2000m)

10
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
1400m 1850m 2050m 2000m 1550m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
1400m 1800m 2000m 2000m 1800m

(990m — 2100m)

5
8
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
1300m 1600m 1850m 1950m 1500m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1350m 1650m 1900m 1900m 1800m

(800m — 1600m)

1
20
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1200 m
1350m 1800m 2000m 2050m 1450m