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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 Snow has fallen across the Alps this weekend, refreshing pistes and providing some fresh tracks across our featured resorts. A significant spell of snowy weather is expected this week and into next weekend, with between 50 and 100cm forecast across the region, with some spots possibly seeing even more.


AUSTRIA There was yet more fresh snow seen in Austria with most of our featured resorts seeing plenty of the fresh stuff this weekend. The average snowfall was around 5cm but some resorts recorded up to 20cm. Fieberbrunn (45/100cm) is definitely worth mentioning as the resort profited from up to 20cm of fresh snow on Sunday. As a result the pistes are now well packed and groomed with plenty of fresh powder off the piste. All 11 lifts were spinning for their guests on Monday 26th January, but visibility was a little affected due to the overcast skies. The current cloudy skies residing above parts of Austria are expected to stay and some decent falls of snow are expected by the end of Tuesday. Wednesday 28th could bring some sunshine but then we are expecting lots of thick cloud cover from Thursday onwards, which is forecast bring snow to the whole country.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 317 resorts. Powder is reported at 112 resorts and 119 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 (112) Best piste conditions (119)

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)

snow report yesterday

70
50
Packed yesterday
25
5
29
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
600m 350m 250m 300m 100m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

70
25
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
30
4
28
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
800m 450m 400m 300m 100m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report yesterday

40
40
Packed yesterday
15
2
15
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
400m 350m 250m 300m 150m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
10
Packed 12 days ago
11
8
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1310 m
400m 250m 300m 350m 200m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report yesterday

Alberschwende webcam
70
50
Packed 3 days ago
39
9
5
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 961 m
1050m 600m 500m 200m 50m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

125
55
Powder
Powder
20 cm
yesterday
22
2
15
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1419 m
1000m 450m 400m 350m 150m

(1000m — 1280m)

11
5
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
500m 350m 250m 400m 200m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

Altaussee webcam
160
55
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
15
2
14
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1250 m
600m 400m 250m 300m 100m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

85
35
Powder
Powder
yesterday
47
11
6
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1178 m
1000m 550m 500m 200m 50m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

80
30
Packed yesterday
19
4
27
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1066 m
600m 350m 250m 300m 100m

(1349m — 1593m)

17
11
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
600m 400m 200m 350m 200m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report yesterday

30
20
Packed 7 days ago
22
3
3
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
550m 500m 400m 300m 250m

(1310m — 1900m)

23
2
13
snow showers
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
1050m 500m 400m 350m 150m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
90
50

Excellent

Powder
15 cm
yesterday
35
8
16
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
800m 450m 450m 350m 100m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

240
125

Excellent

Powder
20 cm
yesterday
21
7
13
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
550m 350m 350m 300m 150m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
95
25

Excellent

Fresh
5 cm
yesterday
21
7
14
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
550m 350m 300m 300m 150m

(470m — 1415m)

16
4
16
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 942 m
600m 400m 250m 300m 100m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

40
10

Good

Varied
15 cm
12 days ago
20
3
5
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
550m 400m 400m 300m 200m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

60
20
Packed 7 days ago
19
5
4
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1925 m
550m 400m 400m 300m 250m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Artificial 2 days ago
22
5
10
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
800m 400m 450m 350m 150m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

80
65
Powder
Powder
yesterday
40
5
13
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1408 m
850m 450m 350m 250m 50m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

130
50

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
36
7
14
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
850m 400m 350m 250m 100m

(681m — 1700m)

46
11
7
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1190 m
950m 550m 500m 200m 50m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
30
Packed 2 days ago
27
5
7
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
550m 500m 350m 300m 200m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

155
40
Powder
Powder
30 cm
yesterday
40
9
11
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1478 m
950m 500m 500m 200m 50m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report today

80
25
Packed 3 days ago
33
8
3
light rain
light snow
cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 742 m
1100m 600m 550m 250m 50m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

70
50

Good

Fresh
20 cm
yesterday
19
2
16
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1000m 500m 400m 350m 150m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
240
opens in 2 days 2 days ago
19
3
18
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1950 m
550m 350m 250m 300m 100m

(1000m — 2301m)

43
12
14
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
900m 450m 450m 200m 50m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

Damüls webcam
150
85

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
55
11
8
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1660 m
950m 550m 500m 200m 50m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

70
30
Packed 2 days ago
17
6
5
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
600m 350m 350m 350m 200m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

150
70

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
53
11
8
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1455 m
900m 500m 450m 200m 50m

(800m — 2000m)

28
9
32
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
600m 400m 250m 250m 100m

(1367m — 2168m)

30
4
5
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
600m 500m 400m 350m 250m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

110
50
Packed yesterday
12
1
8
light snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1545 m
500m 350m 300m 300m 150m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
22
2
3
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
550m 500m 400m 300m 250m

(800m — 1600m)

25
6
27
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1200 m
650m 400m 250m 250m 100m
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