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 Winter is in full swing across the Southern Hemisphere. The pick of the conditions on Thursday were in Australia and New Zealand, where sunny skies combined with cold temperatures and fresh snow resulted in some great skiing on and off piste. Our featured resorts in South America are still playing catch up, but some recent fresh snow and the prospect of more in the coming days should ensure that conditions keep improving. Up in the Northern Hemisphere the glacier ski areas are suffering in the hot weather of recent weeks, so head as high as possible for the best conditions.


AUSTRIA Most of our Austrian resorts have closed for the summer, leaving only the Molltal Glacier (210cm) and the Hintertux (135cm) open for snow sports. It was very cloudy on Thursday 30th July and there were reports of light rainfall in the afternoon. The Hintertux is offering more available slopes currently as there were 10 lifts running on Thursday.Over the weekend Austria will most likely see quite a variety of weather patterns with sunshine followed by rain showers.

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

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E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

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snow depth
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partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
3850m 3950m 4250m 4350m 4300m

(950m — 1780m)

rain showers
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clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
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(1127m — 1500m)

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clear
rain showers
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rain showers
Mid station 1314 m
3900m 3850m 4150m 4300m 4200m

(810m — 1810m)

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clear
light rain
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
3950m 3850m 4050m 4250m 4100m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
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Mid station 961 m
3700m 3950m 4300m 4400m 4300m

(813m — 2025m)

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rain showers
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clear
clear
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Mid station 1419 m
3750m 3900m 4300m 4350m 4350m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
3950m 3900m 4050m 4200m 4100m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1250 m
3850m 3900m 4200m 4350m 4250m

(655m — 1700m)

rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
3700m 3950m 4300m 4400m 4300m

(800m — 1333m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1066 m
3850m 3950m 4200m 4350m 4300m

(1349m — 1593m)

clear
moderate rain
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1471 m
3950m 3900m 4050m 4150m 4100m

(680m — 1600m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
3900m 3900m 4200m 4350m 4250m

(1310m — 1900m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1605 m
3800m 3900m 4300m 4350m 4350m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
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rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
3700m 3900m 4300m 4300m 4250m

(1080m — 2230m)

opens in 140 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1655 m
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(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
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rain showers
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Mid station 1570 m
3800m 3900m 4200m 4350m 4250m

(470m — 1415m)

clear
rain showers
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Mid station 942 m
3850m 3950m 4250m 4300m 4250m

(1001m — 2055m)

opens in 126 days
clear
rain showers
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clear
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Mid station 1528 m
3900m 3900m 4200m 4350m 4200m

(1650m — 2200m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
3850m 3900m 4200m 4400m 4250m

(1019m — 2231m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
3750m 3900m 4300m 4350m 4300m

(1075m — 1740m)

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rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
3750m 3900m 4250m 4300m 4300m

(1000m — 1800m)

opens in 139 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3750m 3900m 4300m 4350m 4300m

(681m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1190 m
3700m 3950m 4350m 4400m 4300m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
4000m 3850m 4150m 4350m 4200m

(1037m — 1920m)

opens in 126 days
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
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Mid station 1478 m
3700m 4000m 4350m 4350m 4300m

(421m — 1064m)

rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
3700m 3950m 4300m 4400m 4300m

(620m — 1957m)

opens in 126 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
3800m 3900m 4300m 4350m 4350m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 2 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
3850m 3900m 4150m 4350m 4250m

(1000m — 2301m)

light rain
rain showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
3750m 4000m 4350m 4400m 4350m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
opens in 125 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
3750m 4000m 4350m 4400m 4350m

(1410m — 2525m)

rain showers
light rain
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1968 m
3750m 3900m 4300m 4400m 4250m

(850m — 2060m)

opens in 126 days
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1455 m
3750m 3950m 4350m 4400m 4350m

(800m — 2000m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
3850m 3950m 4250m 4350m 4300m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
3950m 3850m 4200m 4350m 4200m

(990m — 2100m)

clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
3850m 3850m 4150m 4250m 4200m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
rain showers
clear
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Mid station 1116 m
3900m 3900m 4200m 4350m 4250m

(800m — 1600m)

rain showers
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Mid station 1200 m
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