Au Ski Austria

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 It has been a glorious final week of the season for many Alpine resorts, with warm spring sun shining for most. The lower slopes are suffering as a result so head high for the best conditions. If you're planning a trip for the weekend ahead, take wet weather gear as some heavy rain is expected to at least 2,500m before colder air feeds in on Monday and snow falls to 1,500m.


AUSTRIA Almost all of our mid-range resorts have now closed leaving the higher resorts and glacier resorts still open for snow sports. Of the resorts still open the remaining mid-range resorts that are still open, they're offering enjoyable spring time skiing but you don't have long left before they close too. St Anton (55/320cm) had 23 lifts running on Thursday 23rd April providing access to some soft pistes and varied off piste. The resort is expected to close this weekend along with the neighbouring Lech and Zurs (15/155cm).If you want some more reliable skiing then aim high for the likes of Kaunertal (273/371cm) and Pitztal (302/343cm). There are other glacier resorts too with firmer pistes such as the Hintertux (10/270cm) and Neustift (5/260cm). The current weather pattern of sunshine in the west and central regions, with cloudier skies in the east look set to continue as the weekend approaches but more clouds should develop towards Monday – bringing some rain followed by snow.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 67resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 11 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 (4)Best piste conditions (11)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

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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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(950m — 1780m)

10
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2700m 2700m 2900m 2100m 1800m

(950m — 1780m)

19
5
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
2700m 2700m 2850m 2050m 1850m

(1127m — 1500m)

5
3
clear
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1314 m
2750m 2700m 2900m 2150m 1750m

(810m — 1810m)

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1
clear
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1310 m
2800m 2750m 2900m 2200m 1700m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
2650m 2700m 2750m 1450m 1800m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

14
5
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1419 m
2700m 2700m 2850m 2050m 1850m

(1000m — 1280m)

1
clear
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
Mid station 1140 m
2900m 2750m 2950m 2200m 1750m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
8
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1250 m
2700m 2700m 2900m 2150m 1800m

(655m — 1700m)

12
2
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1178 m
2650m 2700m 2750m 1500m 1850m

(800m — 1333m)

2
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
clear
Mid station 1066 m
2700m 2700m 2900m 2150m 1800m

(1349m — 1593m)

11
2
clear
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 1471 m
2900m 2800m 2950m 2250m 1750m

(680m — 1600m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
2700m 2600m 2600m 2300m 1850m

(1310m — 1900m)

21
6
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2700m 2700m 2850m 2050m 1850m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
37
6
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
2650m 2650m 2700m 1950m 1900m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

15
5
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
2650m 2600m 2700m 2000m 1800m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
11
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
2650m 2600m 2700m 2000m 1800m

(470m — 1415m)

1
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
Mid station 942 m
2700m 2700m 2900m 2150m 1800m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

1
4
clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1528 m
2700m 2600m 2700m 2250m 1800m

(1650m — 2200m)

8
3
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
2600m 2550m 2550m 2100m 1800m

(1019m — 2231m)

21
6
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
2600m 2600m 2650m 1950m 1900m

(1075m — 1740m)

15
3
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1408 m
2650m 2600m 2750m 1800m 1850m

(1000m — 1800m)

18
4
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
2650m 2600m 2750m 1850m 1850m

(681m — 1700m)

12
3
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1190 m
2650m 2650m 2750m 1550m 1800m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
2800m 2650m 2700m 2300m 1850m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

18
5
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
2650m 2600m 2700m 1600m 1800m

(421m — 1064m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 742 m
2650m 2650m 2750m 1450m 1800m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 12 days ago

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Packed
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12
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2650m 2700m 2850m 2050m 1850m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
400
Packed yesterday
20
9
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2750m 2650m 2850m 2150m 1750m

(1000m — 2301m)

31
13
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
2650m 2600m 2650m 1750m 1700m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
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36
7
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
2650m 2650m 2750m 1550m 1750m

(1410m — 2525m)

20
13
rain showers
light rain
light rain
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1968 m
2600m 2550m 2600m 1950m 1800m

(850m — 2060m)

24
7
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1455 m
2650m 2650m 2750m 1600m 1700m

(800m — 2000m)

13
6
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2700m 2650m 2850m 2050m 1800m

(1367m — 2168m)

11
8
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
2750m 2600m 2650m 2300m 1900m

(990m — 2100m)

10
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1545 m
2750m 2700m 2900m 2150m 1700m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
2700m 2600m 2600m 2300m 1850m

(800m — 1600m)

8
4
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1200 m
2700m 2700m 2900m 2100m 1800m