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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 Spring prematurely arrived to the Alps on Monday 22nd December, but the good news is that the temperature is predicted to drop in time for Christmas Day. This change could bring some light snowfall to the northern Alps, but more significant snowfall is currently forecast for Saturday 28th December. This is still very much needed, especially at lower altitudes and on resort runs. That being said, there is still some good skiing to be had in Europe at altitude, which could be topped up by some light snowfall at the end of last week.


AUSTRIA After quite a cold and snowy weekend in Austria many resorts have seen a big improvement in their conditions. Almost all of our featured resorts received some fresh snow, there weren't massive amounts but the average was between 5cm and 10cm. All across Austria sunny skies were seen with a few light clouds Monday with a rise in temperature.The glacial resorts are still going strong and are offering good piste conditions and pockets of powder off the piste. Pitztal (113/153cm) enjoyed a bright and sunny day after a fairly cloudy weekend and all 12 lifts were in operation. Kaunertal (104/151cm) had eight lifts turning and also had similar conditions with bright skies and a few light clouds but overall it was a lovely day for those out on the slopes Soll (5/20cm) opened this weekend to join the other regions in the Ski Welt area. There were only three lifts running on Monday but the recent snowfall over the weekend has worked well with the snow making teams in the resort to ensure they can open in time for Christmas. The pass covers you for the whole of the Ski Welt area so it was possible to access 33 lifts on Monday providing access to 51km of slopes.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 12 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 37 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 (37)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(950m — 1780m)

4
10
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2750m 2500m 1300m 250m 400m

(950m — 1780m)

5
7
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2900m 2500m 1400m 300m 800m

(1127m — 1500m)

4
7
2
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1314 m
2700m 2450m 1350m 300m 200m

(810m — 1810m)

2
2
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1310 m
2850m 2550m 1450m 300m 150m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
2
7
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 961 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 900m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

30

Fresh
Limited
5 cm
2 days ago
4
7
1
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1419 m
2900m 2550m 1400m 250m 600m

(1000m — 1280m)

1
1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
2950m 2600m 1500m 300m 0m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
4
9
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1250 m
2700m 2450m 1300m 250m 300m

(655m — 1700m)

4
10
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1178 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 850m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report 10 days ago

15
10
Packed 14 days ago
2
8
1
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1066 m
2750m 2500m 1350m 250m 350m

(1349m — 1593m)

1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
2950m 2600m 1500m 300m 0m

(680m — 1600m)

1
2
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
3050m 2550m 1600m 500m 150m

(1310m — 1900m)

5
9
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2900m 2550m 1400m 250m 600m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

Axamer Lizum webcam
20
10
Fair
Limited
5 cm
5 days ago
5
6
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
2950m 2550m 1450m 350m 600m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report today

85
5
Fair
Limited
5 cm
yesterday
4
4
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1655 m
2850m 2550m 1350m 300m 400m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
85
30
Fair
Limited
5 cm
13 days ago
4
4
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1570 m
2850m 2550m 1350m 300m 400m

(470m — 1415m)

2
7
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 942 m
2700m 2450m 1300m 250m 300m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

10
Fair
Limited
10 cm
12 days ago
2
2
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1528 m
2900m 2550m 1500m 400m 200m

(1650m — 2200m)

3
2
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1925 m
2950m 2600m 1500m 400m 300m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report 10 days ago

30
5
Artificial 14 days ago
3
4
2
clear
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2950m 2600m 1450m 350m 550m

(1075m — 1740m)

5
9
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1408 m
2950m 2500m 1400m 350m 700m

(1000m — 1800m)

4
8
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
2950m 2500m 1400m 350m 700m

(681m — 1700m)

3
10
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1190 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 750m

(1030m — 1201m)

1
1
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3050m 2750m 1650m 500m 0m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

35
5
Fair
Limited
3 cm
13 days ago
4
8
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 700m

(421m — 1064m)

1
6
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 742 m
2950m 2350m 1250m 300m 950m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

20

Good
×
Not Enough Snow
2 days ago
4
9
1
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2850m 2550m 1400m 250m 600m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 10 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
60
Powder
Powder
14 days ago
6
9
1
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2750m 2500m 1350m 250m 300m

(1000m — 2301m)

4
10
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
2950m 2450m 1300m 300m 700m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 10 days ago

Damüls webcam
10
16 days ago
5
11
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1660 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 700m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report 7 days ago

50
20
4
5
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1968 m
3050m 2700m 1500m 300m 450m

(850m — 2060m)

5
11
2
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1455 m
2950m 2400m 1300m 300m 700m

(800m — 2000m)

3
7
1
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2800m 2550m 1350m 200m 500m

(1367m — 2168m)

3
3
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1768 m
3050m 2600m 1550m 450m 150m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 10 days ago

15
5
Artificial 11 days ago
5
8
2
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1545 m
2700m 2500m 1400m 300m 200m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
2
2
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3050m 2550m 1600m 500m 150m

(800m — 1600m)

3
9
2
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1200 m
2750m 2450m 1300m 250m 450m
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