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 Those heading out for the impending half-term holiday break will have been given a boost over the course of the week, with plenty of fresh snow being reported across the Alps. 20-50cm of new snow has fallen in many regions, with some resorts reporting upwards of 80cm over the past week. Resorts across the southern Alps have also got in on the action, with powder riding being reported in select resorts. Base depths and snow coverage has improved across the region as a result, with excellent skiing to be had both on and off the piste. All this new snow does warrant caution, however, with the avalanche risk rising significantly as a result. Fresh turns will be in abundance but please take extra caution and be sure to check in resort for the latest information.


AUSTRIA There was some excellent skiing on offer across Austria on Thursday 11th February, with the sun shining brightly in the west of the country in particular. Further east some clouds from yesterday's snowfall were lingering on the peaks, but some decent sunny breaks were seen in places. Once again the Arlberg region was the place to be, especially as the skies were sunniest here on Thursday. Loads of new snow has been recorded at Lech (150/205cm) and St Anton (95/220cm) where base depths are very impressive. All but one lift was running in the Ski Arlberg region, so not only was the snow quality excellent but the variety on offer was fantastic. Some great skiing was also to be found slightly further east at Ischgl (30/115cm), Galtur (55/105cm) and Serfaus (20/120cm) although here the avalanche danger hit Level 4 on Thursday, so off piste skiing was not advised herea. Significant improvement in the piste conditions was also reported in the big linked areas in the east of the Tyrol and across in the Salzburg region. In excess of 10cm of fresh snow has been picked up at the likes of Ellmau (55/65cm) in the Ski Welt, Badgastein (40/120cm) in the Ski Amade region and at Kitzbuhel (56/85cm). The biggest winner however was the SkiCircus that includes the resorts of Saalbach (55/90cm) and Fieberbrunn (60/150cm) where 25cm fell on the upper slopes. The outlook as we head towards half term is very positive, with fresh snow expected to land at all of our featured resorts in the country. As has been the case for much of the season, the Arlberg is in the firing line for some heavy snow, with around 50cm possible here by Wednesday 17th February. However the heaviest snow looks set for the Otztal Valley at the likes of Obergurgl (30/175cm) and Solden (15/263cm) where in excess of a metre of new snow is forecast.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 299resorts. Powder is reported at 49 resorts and 64 are reporting good piste conditions.

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 (49)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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(950m — 1780m)

4
8
3
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
650m 1000m 1250m 1500m 1950m

(950m — 1780m)

6
17
4
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
800m 1150m 1250m 1150m 1450m

(1127m — 1500m)

4
4
2
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1314 m
650m 1000m 1300m 1700m 2050m

(810m — 1810m)

5
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1310 m
700m 950m 1500m 1950m 2250m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
2
11
partially cloudy
light rain
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 961 m
1000m 1350m 1400m 1050m 1250m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

125
40

Excellent

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
2
13
1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
800m 1200m 1400m 1350m 1600m

(1000m — 1280m)

9
1
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
light rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1140 m
750m 900m 1500m 2100m 2300m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
3
6
3
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1250 m
600m 1000m 1450m 1550m 2000m

(655m — 1700m)

3
17
1
cloudy
light rain
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
950m 1300m 1400m 1050m 1250m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

45
15
Packed yesterday
3
3
3
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1066 m
550m 1000m 1200m 1500m 1750m

(1349m — 1593m)

14
10
2
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1471 m
800m 1000m 1600m 2200m 2450m

(680m — 1600m)

23
5
light snow
snow showers
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1140 m
800m 1000m 1200m 1800m 2050m

(1310m — 1900m)

2
14
1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
850m 1200m 1450m 1400m 1700m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
120
80

Excellent

Powder
13 cm
2 days ago
5
17
2
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
750m 1250m 1350m 1450m 1550m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

120
40

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
2 days ago
7
30
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1655 m
700m 1150m 1300m 1600m 1700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
120
40

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
2 days ago
7
22
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1570 m
700m 1150m 1300m 1600m 1700m

(470m — 1415m)

1
1
1
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 942 m
650m 1050m 1500m 1500m 2100m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

45
20

Excellent

Fresh
5 cm
2 days ago
10
24
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
700m 1050m 1200m 1700m 1950m

(1650m — 2200m)

7
45
3
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1925 m
750m 1150m 1100m 1600m 1750m

(1019m — 2231m)

4
19
1
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
650m 1200m 1300m 1450m 1550m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

120
90

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
7
16
1
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
850m 1200m 1300m 1150m 1300m

(1000m — 1800m)

6
18
2
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
850m 1200m 1300m 1200m 1350m

(681m — 1700m)

5
22
1
cloudy
light rain
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
900m 1300m 1350m 1100m 1250m

(1030m — 1201m)

16
1
light snow
snow showers
light rain
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1116 m
850m 1050m 1400m 1900m 2200m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

130
20

Excellent

Fresh
5 cm
2 days ago
7
25
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
800m 1300m 1250m 1100m 1250m

(421m — 1064m)

1
8
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
light snow
light rain
Mid station 742 m
1050m 1400m 1400m 1050m 1250m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

65
55

Good

Fresh
6 cm
2 days ago
2
11
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1288 m
950m 1250m 1550m 1400m 1750m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
7
15
5
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
500m 1000m 1200m 1550m 1650m

(1000m — 2301m)

12
38
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
700m 1250m 1150m 1150m 1400m

(1311m — 2009m)

11
32
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
850m 1300m 1250m 1100m 1250m

(1410m — 2525m)

10
50
7
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
700m 1200m 1200m 1700m 1650m

(850m — 2060m)

10
31
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
800m 1250m 1200m 1100m 1250m

(800m — 2000m)

8
21
6
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
800m 1100m 1350m 1650m 1750m

(1367m — 2168m)

23
61
3
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
800m 1050m 1250m 1850m 2050m

(990m — 2100m)

7
12
4
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
650m 1000m 1350m 1650m 2000m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
22
4
light snow
snow showers
light snow
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1116 m
800m 1000m 1200m 1800m 2050m

(800m — 1600m)

5
9
4
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light rain
Mid station 1200 m
800m 1100m 1500m 1350m 2050m