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 In Europe the majority of our open resorts are in Austria, where the last snowfall was around 8cm at Stubai on Saturday 20th May. Good skiing is still on offer on the glacial resorts, with Hintertux and Dachstein looking particularly good at present. In Switzerland, Zermatt is the only resort open, where it was a cloudy start to the day that cleared into lovely sunny skies.


AUSTRIA A mixture of sun, cloud dominated the weather for our Austrian resorts on Monday 22nd May. Since our last report, Stubai (220cm) has been the only resort to receive fresh snow, where around 8cm fell on 20th May. Temperatures are warm, but not overly so, meaning that pistes are starting firm in the morning, and then softening into spring snow as the day go on. The highest recorded temperature of our featured resorts was at Dachstein Glacier (0/380cm), where the forecasts were suggesting around +9C at mid-mountain level Hintertux (280cm), in the Zillertal region had 13/20 lifts running, meaning that plenty of options were available up high. In Particular, the cruisy blue runs leading off Gr. Kaserer were looking in great shape for some fast carving turns. Expect changeable weather for most of the week to come, with plenty of cloud in the forecast. The weekend is predicted to be more pleasant, and may well bring a return to sunny skies.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 7resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 12 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 (12)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(950m — 1780m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1365 m
2400m 3000m 3450m 3750m 3950m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1365 m
2700m 3350m 3750m 3850m 3950m

(1127m — 1500m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1314 m
2300m 2900m 3350m 3700m 3850m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
2300m 2950m 3300m 3700m 3800m

(721m — 1201m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
3100m 3700m 3900m 3900m 4000m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 27 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1419 m
2650m 3300m 3700m 3800m 3950m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1140 m
2350m 2950m 3250m 3650m 3850m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
light rain
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1250 m
2300m 2950m 3400m 3700m 3900m

(655m — 1700m)

clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1178 m
3100m 3700m 3900m 3900m 4000m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
light rain
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1066 m
2350m 3000m 3450m 3750m 3950m

(1349m — 1593m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1471 m
2300m 2900m 3250m 3700m 3900m

(680m — 1600m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
2650m 2900m 3350m 3700m 3900m

(1310m — 1900m)

rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1605 m
2600m 3300m 3700m 3800m 3950m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 27 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1950 m
2800m 3450m 3700m 3800m 3900m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 27 days ago

Bad Gastein webcam
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1655 m
2550m 3100m 3450m 3700m 3900m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 27 days ago

clear
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1570 m
2500m 3100m 3450m 3700m 3900m

(470m — 1415m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 942 m
2350m 2950m 3450m 3750m 3950m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 27 days ago

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
2600m 2950m 3400m 3700m 3950m

(1650m — 2200m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1925 m
2700m 3050m 3400m 3700m 3900m

(1019m — 2231m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1625 m
2800m 3450m 3700m 3800m 3950m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1408 m
2900m 3550m 3850m 3850m 3950m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1400 m
2850m 3550m 3800m 3850m 3950m

(681m — 1700m)

clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1190 m
3050m 3700m 3900m 3900m 4000m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
2550m 2850m 3250m 3750m 3900m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 27 days ago

clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1478 m
3100m 3700m 3850m 3850m 4000m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
3100m 3700m 3900m 3900m 4000m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1288 m
2600m 3250m 3650m 3800m 3950m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 3 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
380

Good

Varied
20 cm
13 days ago
1
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1950 m
2350m 2950m 3400m 3750m 3900m

(1000m — 2301m)

rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1650 m
3050m 3700m 3800m 3850m 4000m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 27 days ago

rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1660 m
3100m 3700m 3900m 3900m 4000m

(1410m — 2525m)

partly cloudy
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1968 m
2700m 3250m 3500m 3700m 3900m

(850m — 2060m)

rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1455 m
3050m 3650m 3850m 3900m 4000m

(800m — 2000m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2450m 3100m 3550m 3750m 3900m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
2650m 2950m 3350m 3700m 3900m

(990m — 2100m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1545 m
2350m 2950m 3350m 3700m 3850m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
2650m 2900m 3350m 3700m 3900m

(800m — 1600m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
2450m 3050m 3500m 3750m 3950m