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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 There has been new snow across the Alps, with Monday dawning cloudy and snow across most of the mountain. The freezing level rose temporarily and as a result some lower slopes saw rain or a wintry mix, so conditions may be heavy here. Be careful if heading off piste in the coming days as the avalanche danger has hit Level 4 in places and is at Level 3 elsewhere.


AUSTRIA We are approaching spring time in the Alps and mild temperatures are starting to be seen, which is making the lower slopes a little heavy. The mild conditions have also brought light rainfall at lower altitudes but light snowfall is being reported higher up.Despite the rain fall, some of our featured resorts weren't really affected too much by the mild climate. On Monday 2nd March Solden (5/320cm) reported powdery conditions and plenty of fresh snowfall, with up to 15cm landing on the ski area. So the pistes have been refreshed and the off piste areas have plenty of pockets of fresh powder. The slopes are heavier when you head towards the resort but the majority for the ski area is still in a very good state. The lift network was affected on Monday due to high winds, with 13 lifts closed leaving a total of 20 lifts in operation.Over the next few days we can expect similar conditions which should provide plenty of fresh snow for the new week, especially as temperatures drop during the week.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 304 resorts. Powder is reported at 81 resorts and 92 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Austria

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snowing heavily in Sölden.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow falling heavily in St Anton.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow is falling in Kaprun.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (81) Best piste conditions (92)

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)

snow report yesterday

75
50
Packed yesterday
31
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
450m 350m 600m 1700m 2200m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Packed yesterday
37
moderate snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1365 m
450m 400m 850m 2000m 2300m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report yesterday

50
40
Packed yesterday
16
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
450m 300m 550m 1400m 1900m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
20
Packed 10 days ago
4
1
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
600m 300m 550m 1300m 1650m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alberschwende webcam
80
50
Packed 11 days ago
5
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
550m 550m 1550m 2400m 2600m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

120
50

Excellent

Powder
10 cm
2 days ago
23
moderate snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
300m 350m 1000m 1900m 2250m

(1000m — 1280m)

2
2
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
650m 500m 750m 1200m 1500m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

Altaussee webcam
220
50
Packed 3 days ago
30
heavy snow
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1250 m
500m 500m 550m 1550m 2100m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
35
Packed 31 days ago
9
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
550m 550m 1450m 2300m 2550m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

65
25
Packed 2 days ago
29
moderate snow
light snow
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1066 m
450m 300m 550m 1550m 2000m

(1349m — 1593m)

3
3
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
650m 500m 800m 1200m 1450m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report yesterday

55
35
Packed 8 days ago
1
2
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
700m 500m 750m 1350m 1650m

(1310m — 1900m)

23
1
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
450m 350m 1050m 1900m 2300m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
125
75

Excellent

Powder
10 cm
2 days ago
13
2
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
300m 450m 1300m 2100m 2500m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

240
120

Excellent

Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
10
1
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
300m 350m 700m 1650m 1950m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
120
35

Excellent

Powder
5 cm
2 days ago
10
1
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
300m 350m 650m 1650m 2000m

(470m — 1415m)

20
moderate snow
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 942 m
500m 500m 600m 1650m 2200m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

60
20
Packed
Varied
10 cm
9 days ago
1
2
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
650m 500m 700m 1350m 1700m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

70
10
Packed 9 days ago
2
2
light snow
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1925 m
750m 800m 1050m 1650m 1950m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Packed yesterday
12
light snow
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
300m 450m 1050m 1900m 2250m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

75
65
Powder
Powder
yesterday
17
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
500m 450m 1450m 2200m 2500m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

120
40

Fresh

Fresh
yesterday
20
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
300m 450m 1400m 2100m 2450m

(681m — 1700m)

12
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
550m 500m 1300m 2150m 2450m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report yesterday

50
50
Packed 9 days ago
1
1
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
700m 450m 650m 1200m 1450m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

195
35

Excellent

Powder
5 cm
yesterday
11
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
550m 550m 1400m 2050m 2250m

(421m — 1064m)

2
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
550m 550m 1600m 2450m 2650m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

70
50

Good

Powder
2 cm
yesterday
19
moderate snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
450m 500m 1150m 1950m 2350m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
310
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
37
1
heavy snow
light snow
cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
450m 300m 550m 1450m 1650m

(1000m — 2301m)

24
2
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
550m 550m 1250m 1750m 2000m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

Damüls webcam
190
125

Fresh

Fresh
yesterday
17
1
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
550m 500m 1300m 2000m 2400m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Packed 3 days ago
14
5
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1968 m
500m 450m 850m 1650m 2250m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

190
50

Fresh

Fresh
2 days ago
20
light snow
snow showers
clear
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1455 m
550m 500m 1200m 1850m 2150m

(800m — 2000m)

32
2
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
300m 500m 800m 1650m 1900m

(1367m — 2168m)

1
2
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
700m 500m 700m 1350m 1650m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

130
50
Packed 8 days ago
16
2
moderate snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
500m 350m 550m 1500m 1850m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
1
2
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
700m 500m 750m 1350m 1650m

(800m — 1600m)

25
moderate snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1200 m
500m 350m 650m 1700m 2200m
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