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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 Monday morning began with a plenty of sunshine in Austria and France with light clouds spread across the sky. Switzerland and Italy were slightly cloudier but these began to fade as the morning developed.


AUSTRIA On the morning of Monday 20th October, Austria enjoyed a bright start to the day with a few thinly spread high clouds. The Molltal Glacier (190cm) was open for snow sports on Monday 20th October and enjoyed a relatively nice day. There were thinly spread clouds but blue skies were the main feature of the sky. The pistes are in good condition and there were a total of four lifts in operation on Monday.Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts because there is lots of cloud forecast for the middle of the week and there is also a chance of widespread snow so fingers crossed for fresh pistes, powder and the chance to build a snowman.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 301 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 3 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 (3)

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)

opens in 44 days
35
light snow
light snow
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1365 m
1050m 1700m 2800m 2800m 3000m

(950m — 1780m)

opens in 51 days
56
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
1150m 1600m 2900m 2950m 2900m

(1127m — 1500m)

opens in 51 days
15
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1314 m
1000m 1800m 2600m 2700m 3050m

(810m — 1810m)

opens in 51 days
4
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
1150m 2100m 2500m 2550m 3100m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
opens in 44 days
16
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
1150m 1800m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(813m — 2025m)

opens in 43 days
53
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
1150m 1650m 2900m 2900m 2900m

(1000m — 1280m)

opens in 44 days
2
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
1300m 2300m 2400m 2450m 3050m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
opens in 37 days
26
light snow
light rain
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1250 m
1050m 1700m 2700m 2700m 3050m

(655m — 1700m)

opens in 44 days
17
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
1100m 1650m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(800m — 1333m)

opens in 43 days
25
light snow
light rain
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1066 m
1000m 1700m 2800m 2800m 3000m

(1349m — 1593m)

2
1
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
1400m 2350m 2500m 2500m 3100m

(680m — 1600m)

opens in 51 days
2
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
1400m 2350m 2450m 2250m 2900m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 9 days ago

510
75
Wet
Varied
32 cm
on 2 Mar
61
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
1150m 1650m 2900m 2900m 2900m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 36 days
49
3
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1150m 1600m 2900m 2950m 2850m

(1080m — 2230m)

opens in 58 days
21
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1655 m
1100m 1550m 2700m 2550m 2900m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
opens in 43 days
21
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1570 m
1100m 1550m 2700m 2600m 2900m

(470m — 1415m)

19
heavy rain
light rain
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 942 m
1100m 1700m 2750m 2750m 3050m

(1001m — 2055m)

opens in 44 days
5
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1528 m
1200m 2100m 2400m 1550m 2600m

(1650m — 2200m)

opens in 57 days
9
2
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
1300m 2100m 2700m 2550m 2900m

(1019m — 2231m)

opens in 36 days
37
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
1150m 1550m 2900m 2900m 2850m

(1075m — 1740m)

opens in 51 days
35
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
1150m 1700m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(1000m — 1800m)

opens in 57 days
36
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1150m 1750m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(681m — 1700m)

18
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
1100m 1500m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(1030m — 1201m)

opens in 44 days
1
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
1350m 2350m 2300m 2100m 2850m

(1037m — 1920m)

opens in 43 days
18
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
1000m 1350m 2950m 2950m 2850m

(421m — 1064m)

opens in 37 days
12
light rain
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
1150m 1900m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(620m — 1957m)

opens in 44 days
50
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1100m 1650m 2900m 2900m 2950m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 3 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
35
3
light snow
cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1000m 1700m 2650m 2700m 3000m

(1000m — 2301m)

25
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
1000m 1300m 2950m 2950m 2850m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
opens in 43 days
24
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
1050m 1450m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(1410m — 2525m)

opens in 58 days
29
2
light snow
light rain
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1968 m
1200m 1700m 2850m 2800m 2900m

(850m — 2060m)

opens in 44 days
24
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1455 m
1100m 1500m 2950m 2950m 2900m

(800m — 2000m)

31
light snow
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1050m 1600m 2800m 2800m 2950m

(1367m — 2168m)

3
1
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
1300m 2300m 2400m 2250m 2800m

(990m — 2100m)

Donnersbachwald webcam
opens in 37 days
22
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1545 m
1000m 1750m 2450m 2500m 2950m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
2
light rain
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
1400m 2350m 2500m 2300m 2900m

(800m — 1600m)

29
moderate snow
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
1100m 1700m 2850m 2800m 3000m
A-D   E-F   G-G   H-J   K-K   L-M   N-Q   R-R   S-S   T-Z

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