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 There was a full return to winter in the Alps during the week, especially in Austria and eastern Switzerland where up to a metre of new snow has fallen. The snow level dropped to as low as 1,500m on Tuesday and Wednesday and was still falling above 2,000m in places on Thursday.


AUSTRIA At the start of the week it was quite sunny across Austria but the clouds began to thicken, which eventually brought fresh snow on Wednesday 20th May to all of our featured resorts. Furthermore it continued to snow right into Thursday 21st May. All of our featured resorts received at least 10cm of fresh snow, providing fresh pistes and powder pockets off the piste. The Molltal Glacier still remains closed on a temporary basis but we will keep you updated with its progress.The pick of the bunch has to the Stubai Glacier (260cm) as it reported a powder alarm, which indicated up to 45cm of fresh snow had landed, and it continued to fall right through Thursday. As expected, the majority of the lifts were closed due to heavy snowfall but 10 of the 26 were in operation. The new snow has provided plenty of powder both on and off the piste, so when bashed, the slopes will be in a fantastic state and there will also be fresh tracks waiting just off the slopes.The current spell of cloudy weather is expected to remain over the weekend, which could bring more snow but the temperature is forecast to increase slightly so it may turn to rain lower down but lighter snow fall may still be present at higher altitude.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 93resorts. Powder is reported at 2 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 (2)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)
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light rain
rain showers
light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2300m 2700m 2300m 1800m 2400m

(950m — 1780m)

1
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light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1365 m
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(1127m — 1500m)

rain showers
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light rain
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clear
Mid station 1314 m
2400m 2800m 2450m 1800m 2350m

(810m — 1810m)

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rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
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clear
Mid station 1310 m
2550m 2900m 2600m 2000m 2350m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
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clear
Mid station 961 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2050m 2600m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 24 days ago

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Mid station 1419 m
2350m 2650m 2200m 1900m 2450m

(1000m — 1280m)

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Mid station 1140 m
2600m 2900m 2700m 2150m 2300m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
light rain
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moderate rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1250 m
2350m 2700m 2350m 1800m 2350m

(655m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
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clear
Mid station 1178 m
2550m 2600m 2050m 2050m 2650m

(800m — 1333m)

light rain
rain showers
light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1066 m
2300m 2700m 2300m 1800m 2350m

(1349m — 1593m)

rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
2700m 2950m 2700m 2100m 2250m

(680m — 1600m)

rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
2500m 2850m 2700m 2300m 2500m

(1310m — 1900m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2350m 2650m 2200m 1900m 2450m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 24 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
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rain showers
rain showers
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clear
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Mid station 1950 m
2400m 2650m 2200m 2000m 2550m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 24 days ago

1
1
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1655 m
2300m 2750m 2400m 2000m 2400m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 24 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1570 m
2300m 2750m 2350m 1950m 2450m

(470m — 1415m)

rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 942 m
2350m 2700m 2300m 1800m 2350m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 24 days ago

rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
2500m 2800m 2650m 2250m 2500m

(1650m — 2200m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
2500m 2800m 2600m 2300m 2500m

(1019m — 2231m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2350m 2700m 2250m 2000m 2550m

(1075m — 1740m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1408 m
2450m 2650m 2100m 2000m 2550m

(1000m — 1800m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2450m 2650m 2150m 1950m 2550m

(681m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1190 m
2500m 2600m 2100m 2050m 2600m

(1030m — 1201m)

rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
2500m 2850m 2750m 2250m 2450m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 24 days ago

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1478 m
2500m 2650m 2100m 2100m 2600m

(421m — 1064m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 742 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2050m 2600m

(620m — 1957m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2350m 2700m 2200m 1850m 2450m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 3 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
350

Good

Powder
10 cm
4 days ago
2
3
light rain
rain showers
light rain
light snow
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2300m 2700m 2350m 1850m 2350m

(1000m — 2301m)

1
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2450m 2700m 2200m 2050m 2550m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
opens in 194 days
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1660 m
2500m 2650m 2100m 2050m 2600m

(1410m — 2525m)

2
1
light rain
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moderate rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1968 m
2400m 2750m 2500m 2150m 2450m

(850m — 2060m)

1
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1455 m
2500m 2650m 2150m 2050m 2600m

(800m — 2000m)

2
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
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clear
Mid station 1400 m
2300m 2700m 2300m 1850m 2400m

(1367m — 2168m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
2500m 2850m 2700m 2300m 2500m

(990m — 2100m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1545 m
2350m 2800m 2450m 1900m 2350m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
2500m 2850m 2700m 2300m 2500m

(800m — 1600m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1200 m
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