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 High temperatures provided typical summer skiing conditions across the open European skiing location on Monday 26th June.


AUSTRIA It was a warm day across Austria on Monday 26th June, with a mixture of sun and clouds for most resorts. At Kaprun (70cm) the temperature reached +16C at mid mountain level, which allowed for skiing on soft snow across the open pistes. Of our three other open Austrian resorts, Molltal Glaicer (280cm) currently boasts the best base depth, and was running three lifts on Monday. Elsewhere, Pitzal is due to open for skiing on 1st July.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 10resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 6 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 (6)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(950m — 1780m)

thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1365 m
4000m 3400m 2900m 2850m 2700m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
thunderstorm
light rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
3800m 3200m 2700m 2750m 2750m

(1127m — 1500m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1314 m
4000m 3550m 3050m 2800m 2800m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
4000m 3650m 3150m 2900m 3000m

(721m — 1201m)

rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
3650m 2850m 2700m 2700m 2700m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 61 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1419 m
3800m 3250m 2750m 2750m 2800m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
Mid station 1140 m
3950m 3700m 3300m 2950m 3100m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
light rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1250 m
3900m 3450m 2950m 2800m 2700m

(655m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1178 m
3700m 2900m 2700m 2700m 2700m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1066 m
4000m 3450m 2900m 2800m 2700m

(1349m — 1593m)

clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
4000m 3750m 3350m 2950m 3050m

(680m — 1600m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
3800m 3400m 3100m 3050m 3000m

(1310m — 1900m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1605 m
3850m 3300m 2750m 2800m 2750m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 61 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
thunderstorm
moderate rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
3650m 3150m 2650m 2700m 2800m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 61 days ago

Bad Gastein webcam
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1655 m
3850m 3400m 2950m 2800m 2800m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 61 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
3850m 3400m 3000m 2800m 2800m

(470m — 1415m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
light rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 942 m
3950m 3400m 2900m 2800m 2700m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 61 days ago

partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
3800m 3400m 3200m 2950m 3000m

(1650m — 2200m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
3750m 3350m 3000m 2900m 2950m

(1019m — 2231m)

rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
3650m 3150m 2750m 2750m 2900m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1408 m
3750m 3050m 2700m 2700m 2800m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
thunderstorm
light rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
3750m 3100m 2700m 2700m 2800m

(681m — 1700m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1190 m
3700m 2900m 2650m 2700m 2750m

(1030m — 1201m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
3850m 3550m 3300m 3100m 3000m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 61 days ago

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
3650m 2900m 2650m 2750m 2750m

(421m — 1064m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 742 m
3650m 2850m 2700m 2700m 2700m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
3900m 3300m 2800m 2800m 2750m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 2 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
200
Soft
Limited
5 cm
27 days ago
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1950 m
3900m 3500m 3000m 2800m 2750m

(1000m — 2301m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
thunderstorm
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1650 m
3700m 2950m 2650m 2750m 2800m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 61 days ago

thunderstorm
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1660 m
3700m 2900m 2650m 2700m 2750m

(1410m — 2525m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1968 m
3700m 3250m 2850m 2850m 2950m

(850m — 2060m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
light rain
Mid station 1455 m
3700m 2900m 2650m 2700m 2750m

(800m — 2000m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
heavy rain
thunderstorm
moderate rain
Mid station 1400 m
3950m 3350m 2950m 2800m 2750m

(1367m — 2168m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1768 m
3800m 3450m 3200m 3050m 3000m

(990m — 2100m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
3850m 3500m 3100m 2800m 2850m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
3800m 3400m 3100m 3050m 3000m

(800m — 1600m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1200 m
3950m 3400m 2850m 2800m 2700m