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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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Radim Palan "swimming" Kaunertal, Austria

Kaunertal

2:53 pm 10 May 2012

Mysterious, Austria

Saalbach Hinterglemm

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Lech Downhill, Austria

Lech

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Austria: latest snow conditions round-up


INTRODUCTION After a week of good weather it continued to present itself on Thursday with lots of sunshine and scattered early morning clouds being seen across Europe. Overall visibility was very good in all of our featured resorts in Europe and the pistes are looking excellent.


AUSTRIA Austria enjoyed a relatively sunny day with some resorts seeing early morning patches of cloud, which cleared by the afternoon and made for a great days skiing.The Hintertux (185cm) team have been posting lots of amazing pictures online and its clear as to why. After recent snowfall their pistes are looking excellent and the off piste looks very appealing in parts. On Thursday 30th October there were 15 lifts running and it was mostly sunny with some scattered cloud cover early on but this did clear by the afternoon. It's been a good week for weather in Austria and the weekends appears to be no different so get out there and enjoy the sun and slopes.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 2 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 3 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best piste conditions (3)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D


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snow depth
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last snow
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Mid station 1365 m
2900m 3050m 2950m 3100m 3100m

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Mid station 1365 m
3050m 3050m 2850m 3050m 2850m

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Mid station 1314 m
2850m 3050m 3050m 3100m 3000m

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Mid station 1310 m
2800m 2950m 3150m 3100m 3000m

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Alberschwende webcam
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Mid station 961 m
3100m 3050m 2800m 2700m 2750m

(813m — 2025m)

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Mid station 1419 m
3050m 3100m 2850m 2850m 2800m

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Mid station 1140 m
2800m 2900m 3250m 3100m 3000m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report today

Altaussee webcam
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Packed 8 days ago
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Mid station 1250 m
2900m 3050m 2950m 3100m 3050m

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Mid station 1178 m
3100m 3050m 2800m 2700m 2750m

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Mid station 1066 m
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(1349m — 1593m)

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Mid station 1471 m
2750m 2900m 3300m 3100m 3000m

(680m — 1600m)

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Mid station 1140 m
2900m 3100m 2800m 2250m 2350m

(1310m — 1900m)

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Wet
Varied
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on 2 Mar
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Mid station 1605 m
3050m 3100m 2850m 2900m 2850m

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Axamer Lizum webcam
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Mid station 1950 m
3100m 3050m 2500m 2350m 2400m

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Mid station 1655 m
2900m 3100m 2800m 2350m 2450m

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Bad Hofgastein webcam
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Mid station 1570 m
2900m 3100m 2800m 2400m 2450m

(470m — 1415m)

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Mid station 942 m
2900m 3050m 2950m 3100m 3100m

(1001m — 2055m)

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light rain
Mid station 1528 m
2850m 3050m 3000m 2300m 2350m

(1650m — 2200m)

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1
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partially cloudy
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 1925 m
2950m 3100m 2650m 2200m 2250m

(1019m — 2231m)

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partially cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1625 m
3100m 3050m 2250m 2150m 2250m

(1075m — 1740m)

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Mid station 1408 m
3100m 3050m 2750m 2700m 2700m

(1000m — 1800m)

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Mid station 1400 m
3100m 3050m 2750m 2650m 2700m

(681m — 1700m)

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Mid station 1190 m
3100m 3050m 2750m 2650m 2750m

(1030m — 1201m)

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rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
2900m 3050m 3200m 2350m 2400m

(1037m — 1920m)

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Mid station 1478 m
3100m 3050m 2550m 2500m 2600m

(421m — 1064m)

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Mid station 742 m
3100m 3050m 2800m 2700m 2700m

(620m — 1957m)

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clear
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rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
3000m 3100m 2900m 3050m 2900m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 5 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
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clear
clear
clear
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partially cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
2900m 3050m 2950m 2900m 2850m

(1000m — 2301m)

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partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
3150m 3050m 2500m 2450m 2550m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
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rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
3100m 3050m 2750m 2600m 2700m

(1410m — 2525m)

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1
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snow showers
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moderate rain
Mid station 1968 m
3100m 3050m 2250m 2150m 2200m

(850m — 2060m)

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Mid station 1455 m
3100m 3050m 2750m 2650m 2700m

(800m — 2000m)

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clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
2950m 3100m 2900m 2900m 2950m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
clear
rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1768 m
2900m 3050m 3100m 2300m 2350m

(990m — 2100m)

Donnersbachwald webcam
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clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
2850m 3050m 3050m 2800m 2750m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
clear
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1116 m
2900m 3100m 2800m 2250m 2350m

(800m — 1600m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
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Mid station 1200 m
2950m 3050m 2950m 3150m 3100m
A-D   E-F   G-G   H-J   K-K   L-M   N-Q   R-R   S-S   T-Z

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