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 Most resorts in the Alps have now closed for the season, leaving only the highest resorts or those with a glacier still open. Some good skiing can be found on the upper slopes of these resorts however following a little fresh snowfall over the weekend.


AUSTRIA We have seen more of our featured Austrian resorts close over the weekend, with St Anton and Lech/Zurs closing their lifts and Solden reducing its skiing to just the glacial area only. Kitzbuhel (45/84cm) is still open but skiing is very limited with only 1 main slope open. Obergurgl has also concluded its ski season, which now only leaves our featured glacier resorts open for snow sports. Good skiing can be found at high altitude and the Hintertux (15/230cm) is one of our featured resorts offering said skiing. There was even fresh snow on Monday 27th April with a light flurry scattered across the area, it wasn't much but it was enough to freshen up the slopes. 12 lifts were also turning but it was quite cloudy as a result of the light snow, yet riding conditions were quite good.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 205resorts. Powder is reported at 5 resorts and 10 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 powder (5)Best piste conditions (10)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

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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)

5
3
rain showers
light snow
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1365 m
3000m 2150m 1850m 1850m 1750m

(950m — 1780m)

7
6
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1365 m
2950m 2150m 1900m 1850m 1700m

(1127m — 1500m)

2
rain showers
light snow
clear
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1314 m
3000m 2150m 1800m 1900m 1800m

(810m — 1810m)

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rain showers
rain showers
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1310 m
3000m 2150m 1750m 1850m 1900m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
2850m 1850m 1900m 1800m 1700m

(813m — 2025m)

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3
2
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1419 m
2900m 2100m 1900m 1850m 1750m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
heavy rain
partially cloudy
moderate rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1140 m
3000m 2200m 1750m 1850m 1900m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
5
2
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1250 m
3000m 2150m 1850m 1850m 1700m

(655m — 1700m)

4
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1178 m
2850m 1900m 1900m 1800m 1700m

(800m — 1333m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1066 m
3000m 2100m 1850m 1800m 1750m

(1349m — 1593m)

partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1471 m
3050m 2200m 1750m 1950m 1950m

(680m — 1600m)

light rain
moderate rain
partially cloudy
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1140 m
2600m 2400m 1900m 2000m 2000m

(1310m — 1900m)

4
5
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
2900m 2150m 1900m 1850m 1750m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

Axamer Lizum webcam
5
19
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
2750m 2000m 1900m 1800m 1800m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report today

24
rain showers
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
2800m 2050m 1750m 1900m 1750m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
14
rain showers
light snow
clear
moderate rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1570 m
2850m 2050m 1800m 1850m 1700m

(470m — 1415m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 942 m
3000m 2150m 1850m 1850m 1700m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

1
partially cloudy
light rain
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1528 m
2700m 2300m 1800m 1950m 1900m

(1650m — 2200m)

22
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1925 m
2500m 2200m 1800m 1950m 1900m

(1019m — 2231m)

1
13
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1625 m
2650m 2000m 1850m 1800m 1850m

(1075m — 1740m)

4
7
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1408 m
2800m 2100m 1900m 1850m 1750m

(1000m — 1800m)

4
6
light rain
light snow
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1400 m
2850m 2100m 1900m 1800m 1750m

(681m — 1700m)

4
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1190 m
2850m 1950m 1850m 1800m 1700m

(1030m — 1201m)

rain showers
moderate rain
partially cloudy
moderate rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1116 m
2700m 2400m 1900m 2000m 2100m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

6
11
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1478 m
2750m 1950m 1800m 1850m 1800m

(421m — 1064m)

partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 742 m
2850m 1800m 1850m 1750m 1700m

(620m — 1957m)

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3
1
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
2900m 2150m 1900m 1900m 1750m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
400
Packed 3 days ago
6
17
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
3000m 2150m 1800m 1800m 1650m

(1000m — 2301m)

13
20
light rain
light snow
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2750m 2000m 1750m 1850m 1700m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
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14
16
light rain
light snow
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
2800m 1950m 1850m 1850m 1750m

(1410m — 2525m)

5
23
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
2600m 2050m 1750m 1950m 1850m

(850m — 2060m)

10
11
light rain
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
2850m 2000m 1800m 1850m 1750m

(800m — 2000m)

7
8
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1400 m
2950m 2100m 1800m 1850m 1700m

(1367m — 2168m)

19
rain showers
light rain
partially cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1768 m
2650m 2400m 1900m 1950m 2000m

(990m — 2100m)

15
rain showers
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
2950m 2150m 1750m 1900m 1700m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
light rain
moderate rain
partially cloudy
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1116 m
2600m 2400m 1900m 2000m 2050m

(800m — 1600m)

6
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1200 m
3000m 2150m 1850m 1800m 1700m