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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 Since our last report on Monday, Europe has seen fresh snow fall in France and Austria. On Thursday 21st August it was mainly sunny across Europe with the odd patch of cloud cover. It the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand has seen light snow fall on Thursday whereas Australia had a foggy start with clearer skies later on. Across the globe in South America, Argentina and Chile enjoyed sunny skies with nice, cold temperatures.


AUSTRIA Fresh snow has finally fallen in Austria with up to 10cm falling on Thursday 21st August at The Hintertux Glacier (125cm). Thanks to this recent drop the pistes have been strengthened but the off-piste is still limited. On Thursday, The Hintertux had 11 lifts running and it was quite a cold day with a temperature at mid mountain level of around 5C. The Molltal Glacier (270cm) is also open for summer skiing. Here it was mainly overcast so visibility was quite low but good skiing can be enjoyed on well groomed pistes.As the weekend approaches it appears it will be mainly cloudy but with bright starts. There is a chance of light snow fall if the freezing level remains low enough.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

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E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best piste conditions (2)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D


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snow depth
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Mid station 1365 m
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Mid station 1365 m
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Mid station 1314 m
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Mid station 1310 m
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Alberschwende webcam
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Mid station 961 m
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Mid station 1419 m
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Mid station 1140 m
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Altaussee webcam
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Mid station 1178 m
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Mid station 1066 m
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Mid station 1471 m
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Mid station 1140 m
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Mid station 1605 m
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Axamer Lizum webcam
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Mid station 1950 m
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Mid station 1655 m
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Mid station 1570 m
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Mid station 942 m
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Mid station 1528 m
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Mid station 1925 m
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Mid station 1625 m
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Mid station 1408 m
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Mid station 1400 m
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Mid station 1190 m
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Mid station 1116 m
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Mid station 1478 m
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Mid station 742 m
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Mid station 1288 m
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snow report 6 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
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Mid station 1950 m
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(1000m — 2301m)

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Mid station 1650 m
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Damüls webcam
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Mid station 1660 m
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Mid station 1968 m
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opens in 101 days
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Mid station 1455 m
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clear
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Mid station 1400 m
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(1367m — 2168m)

clear
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Mid station 1768 m
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Donnersbachwald webcam
clear
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Mid station 1545 m
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Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
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Mid station 1116 m
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clear
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Mid station 1200 m
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