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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 Thursday 26th March was changeable across the Alps, with many resorts catching some fresh snow. The focus of the heaviest snow was been southern Switzerland and western Italy. Unsettled weather is expected to continue through the rest of the week and into the weekend, with the potential for some good falls of snow in the northern Swiss and Austrian Alps.


AUSTRIA The mild temperatures have unfortunately brought rain to lower regions and resort runs, which has started to affect the snow conditions. Despite the rain, there have been traces of fresh snow at higher altitudes, which has freshened up the pistes a little. The glacial resorts have seen light snowfall of varying amounts. Kaunertal (233/335cm) probably received the most snow with approximately 10cm being reported. The skiing conditions were very good but the weather was more on the negative side as the clouds were thick and visibility was quite poor. As a result of the weather conditions, some lifts were closed so 12 of the 16 were in operation. The warm climate and rain has reduced some skiing capabilities in some resorts, St Wolfgang (0/37cm) being one of them. You can still enjoy good skiing here if you stick to groomed pistes but anywhere off the piste will be patchy or grassland by now.The widespread cloud is forecast to stay around for another day but it should brighten up on Saturday, which should bring spring time skiing conditions too. Heavier snow and sadly rain lower down is currently forecast for Sunday and into next week.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 291 resorts. Powder is reported at 8 resorts and 40 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Austria

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Axamer Lizum.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow is falling in Krimml.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow falling in Obertauern.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (8) Best piste conditions (40)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

45
25
Packed 21 days ago
31
31
96
light snow
snow showers
moderate rain
heavy snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1365 m
1100m 1100m 1650m 1800m 2150m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

50
15
Packed 5 days ago
18
9
38
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1365 m
1150m 1250m 1800m 1900m 2200m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 5 days ago

50
40
Packed 13 days ago
17
17
61
light snow
snow showers
light rain
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1314 m
1200m 1000m 1650m 1700m 2150m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
20
Packed 22 days ago
8
12
38
cloudy
snow showers
light rain
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1310 m
1500m 1000m 1700m 1700m 2100m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
5
1
6
snow showers
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 961 m
1150m 1500m 1800m 1950m 2200m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Spring snow
Limited
2 cm
5 days ago
11
5
18
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1419 m
1100m 1200m 1800m 2000m 2250m

(1000m — 1280m)

5
3
19
cloudy
snow showers
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1140 m
1600m 1000m 1650m 1700m 2050m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

Altaussee webcam
183
15
Packed 15 days ago
27
24
98
light snow
snow showers
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate rain
Mid station 1250 m
1150m 1050m 1550m 1700m 2100m

(655m — 1700m)

7
2
10
snow showers
clear
heavy rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1178 m
1200m 1500m 1800m 1900m 2200m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report 5 days ago

45
10
Spring 15 days ago
23
6
54
light snow
partially cloudy
moderate rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1066 m
1100m 1000m 1500m 1750m 2150m

(1349m — 1593m)

7
14
26
cloudy
clear
light rain
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1471 m
1650m 1050m 1700m 1700m 2050m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 5 days ago

50
20
Packed 30 days ago
11
light snow
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
1700m 1400m 1950m 2100m 2350m

(1310m — 1900m)

12
5
24
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1605 m
1100m 1250m 1850m 2000m 2250m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
110
55

Good

Varied
2 cm
2 days ago
7
12
3
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
1200m 1350m 2000m 2050m 2300m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

220
100

Good

Varied
8 cm
5 days ago
Overcast skies // 26 Mar
19
13
17
light snow
clear
moderate rain
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1655 m
1200m 1100m 1550m 1950m 2250m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
110
30
Spring snow
Varied
8 cm
5 days ago
Overcast skies // 26 Mar
17
5
17
light snow
clear
moderate rain
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1570 m
1200m 1100m 1600m 1950m 2200m

(470m — 1415m)

15
12
55
light snow
snow showers
moderate rain
heavy rain
moderate rain
Mid station 942 m
1100m 1150m 1650m 1750m 2100m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

60
20
Spring snow
Limited
10 cm
31 days ago
Overcast skies // 26 Mar
11
1
light snow
clear
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
1600m 1250m 1800m 2050m 2350m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

70
20
Packed yesterday
18
9
6
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
1500m 1350m 1750m 2100m 2400m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Packed 23 days ago
6
3
snow showers
clear
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
1200m 1300m 1900m 2050m 2350m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

55
45
6 days ago
6
6
7
snow showers
clear
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1408 m
1250m 1400m 1900m 2000m 2200m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

100
40
Spring 6 days ago
7
2
8
snow showers
clear
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1400 m
1200m 1350m 1900m 1950m 2200m

(681m — 1700m)

8
3
13
snow showers
clear
heavy rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1190 m
1200m 1450m 1800m 1900m 2150m

(1030m — 1201m)

1
2
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1800m 1350m 1950m 2200m 2450m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

105
Spring snow
Limited
2 cm
5 days ago
Rain expected // 26 Mar
14
16
7
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1478 m
1250m 1500m 1850m 1950m 2200m

(421m — 1064m)

2
rain showers
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 742 m
1150m 1500m 1800m 1950m 2150m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

60
30

Good
Packed
5 days ago
10
5
17
light snow
clear
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1288 m
1150m 1300m 1850m 2000m 2250m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
300
Powder
Powder
5 days ago
47
80
107
light snow
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1150m 1000m 1350m 1700m 2050m

(1000m — 2301m)

25
60
23
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1650 m
1250m 1400m 1750m 1850m 2150m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

Damüls webcam
130
90

Fresh

Fresh
yesterday
30
58
25
snow showers
clear
moderate snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1660 m
1250m 1450m 1800m 1900m 2200m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Packed yesterday
24
21
18
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1250m 1250m 1700m 2100m 2350m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

140
20
Spring 2 days ago
21
51
25
light snow
clear
heavy rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1455 m
1250m 1400m 1750m 1850m 2150m

(800m — 2000m)

33
9
70
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1400 m
1100m 1100m 1700m 1950m 2250m

(1367m — 2168m)

16
2
light snow
clear
snow showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1768 m
1700m 1400m 1950m 2150m 2400m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

130
50
Packed 30 days ago
17
17
45
light snow
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light rain
Mid station 1545 m
1300m 1000m 1500m 1800m 2150m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
11
light snow
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
1700m 1400m 1950m 2100m 2350m

(800m — 1600m)

21
15
68
light snow
clear
moderate rain
heavy rain
light rain
Mid station 1200 m
1100m 1150m 1650m 1800m 2150m
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