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 Varying quantities of new snow fell over Europe this past weekend, with more southerly and eastern resorts seeing light dustings typically of between 5-10cm, while resorts in the North West saw substantially higher snowfall up to 50cm. Expect to find continuing excellent skiing in the norther French Alps in particular, alongside busy slopes due to school holidays.

Monday saw dropping temperatures and predominantly clearer skies before a new weather system delivered more snow arriving Tuesday.


AUSTRIA Sunday brought snow across a number of resorts in Austria, though for the most part only modest accumulations. Recorded amounts include 5cm for the Ski Juwel region (65/200cm), 10cm Dorfgastein (95/220cm). Higher amounts fell over the glacier resorts. 15cm on Kaprun (140/320cm), and highest total recorded on the summit of Solden (25/337cm). This will add to last Thursday's snowfall, with pistes staying in great shape generally during peak weeks of school holiday. Monday's skies showed no signs of the clouds that delivered snow the previous day, with only light clouds in the sky for the majority of resorts. In those cases, it is predominantly sitting in the valleys, with clear skies at higher elevations. Temperatures are generally towards the mild end of the spectrum, hovering only a few degrees below freezing level. Tuesday looks to bring a new period of cloud cover as a storm develops over the East of the country primarily. Currently, this is expected to bring only light snowfall, coming down more heavily over those resorts in Salzburg and Cartinthia.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 308resorts. Powder is reported at 16 resorts and 64 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 (16)Best piste conditions (64)

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)

5
13
4
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
250m 300m 550m 750m 0m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
17
13
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
250m 200m 350m 500m 0m

(1127m — 1500m)

12
11
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
250m 250m 550m 450m 0m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
12
9
4
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
400m 200m 550m 300m 0m

(721m — 1201m)

1
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 961 m
300m 250m 450m 950m 250m

(813m — 2025m)

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Alpbachtal webcam
200
80

Good
Best up high
5 cm
2 days ago
5
6
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
300m 300m 450m 1000m 150m

(1000m — 1280m)

21
11
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
450m 200m 500m 200m 0m

(750m — 1750m)

9
12
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
250m 250m 450m 500m 0m

(655m — 1700m)

1
1
light snow
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1178 m
300m 250m 400m 950m 300m

(800m — 1333m)

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Annaberg webcam
100
45
Packed yesterday
7
15
5
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
250m 350m 600m 900m 100m

(1349m — 1593m)

33
12
6
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
300m 150m 350m 100m 0m

(680m — 1600m)

39
14
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
450m 550m 700m 600m 0m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report today

200
70

Fresh
Best up high
5 cm
2 days ago
3
5
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
300m 250m 450m 950m 100m

(1560m — 2340m)

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Axamer Lizum webcam
190
140

Good

Varied
23 cm
8 days ago
2
3
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
350m 400m 700m 1500m 450m

(1080m — 2230m)

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Bad Gastein webcam
340
210
Hard packed
Crud
5 cm
10 days ago
19
10
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
400m 500m 900m 1150m 300m

(840m — 2300m)

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Bad Hofgastein webcam
340
210
Hard packed
Crud
5 cm
10 days ago
16
9
3
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
400m 500m 950m 1150m 300m

(470m — 1415m)

5
11
4
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 942 m
250m 250m 400m 450m 0m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

130
50

Good

Varied
15 cm
8 days ago
23
11
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
500m 550m 750m 650m 0m

(1650m — 2200m)

10
7
3
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
500m 550m 750m 850m 200m

(1019m — 2231m)

4
4
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1625 m
350m 500m 750m 1500m 500m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
150
100
Packed today
10
6
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
250m 250m 450m 900m 150m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
13
7
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
250m 300m 450m 950m 150m

(681m — 1700m)

2
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1190 m
300m 250m 400m 1000m 350m

(1030m — 1201m)

33
8
1
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
450m 450m 650m 350m 0m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

190
55

Good

Varied
40 cm
8 days ago
Overcast skies // 20 Feb
1
5
snow showers
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
350m 300m 650m 1250m 500m

(421m — 1064m)

light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 742 m
300m 250m 450m 900m 100m

(620m — 1957m)

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Brixen im Thale webcam
165
80

Excellent

Fresh
2 cm
4 days ago
3
6
1
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
250m 250m 450m 800m 0m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
13
14
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
300m 400m 750m 950m 150m

(1000m — 2301m)

4
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
350m 350m 750m 1350m 550m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

230
45

Good

Varied
1 cm
2 days ago
Overcast skies // 20 Feb
3
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
300m 300m 550m 1050m 400m

(1410m — 2525m)

12
12
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
500m 550m 900m 1400m 550m

(850m — 2060m)

3
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1455 m
300m 300m 450m 1000m 400m

(800m — 2000m)

17
15
7
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
300m 400m 800m 1150m 200m

(1367m — 2168m)

40
12
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
450m 550m 700m 550m 0m

(990m — 2100m)

13
11
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
350m 350m 700m 750m 100m

(681m — 1551m)

37
13
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
450m 550m 750m 600m 0m

(800m — 1600m)

8
12
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
250m 250m 450m 500m 0m