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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 The European resorts have had mixed weather this week. In the west is has been mostly sunny. France has had sun all week, as have many Swiss and Italian resorts. Austria has been blessed with lower temperatures and cloudy weather, delivering fresh snow to many resorts. Borovets in Bulgaria has also received fresh snow this week.


AUSTRIA Thursday 17th April was a predominantly sunny day across the open Austrian resorts, bringing a change to the weather. Earlier this week fresh snowfall blessed many Austrian resorts and improving the on and off piste snow cover.The heaviest snowfall has been reported on the higher ski areas, such as on the Stubai Glacier at Neustift (20/365cm), Obergurgl (35/128cm), Kaprun (120/280cm) and Kuhtai (60/90cm).The skiing at Zauchensee (55/110cm) was excellent on Thursday with fresh snow across much of the off-piste terrain and piste conditions that were more akin to mid-winter than spring.Cloudy weather is forecast to return to the Austrian resorts over the weekend and throughout next week. The freezing level is also expected to sit at or above 2,500m which means that many slopes could see rain.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 220 resorts. Powder is reported at 10 resorts and 42 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Austria

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A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (10) Best piste conditions (42)

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)

4
3
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1500m 1350m 2200m 2250m 2500m

(950m — 1780m)

9
1
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1100m 950m 2300m 2250m 2500m

(1127m — 1500m)

5
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1314 m
1650m 1550m 2000m 2250m 2500m

(810m — 1810m)

6
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
1900m 1900m 1850m 2300m 2550m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
3
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
1100m 950m 2150m 2250m 2450m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

65

Good

Varied
25 cm
3 days ago
7
1
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1419 m
1250m 1100m 2250m 2250m 2500m

(1000m — 1280m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
1950m 2000m 1800m 2300m 2550m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
2
4
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1250 m
1550m 1450m 2100m 2250m 2450m

(655m — 1700m)

5
1
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1178 m
1100m 950m 2150m 2250m 2450m

(800m — 1333m)

light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1066 m
1500m 1400m 2150m 2250m 2450m

(1349m — 1593m)

5
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1471 m
1950m 2050m 1850m 2300m 2550m

(680m — 1600m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
2050m 1950m 2100m 2100m 2500m

(1310m — 1900m)

9
7
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1605 m
1250m 1100m 2250m 2250m 2500m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
95
25

Good

Varied
5 cm
2 days ago
11
7
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
1350m 1100m 2000m 2200m 2400m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

200

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
2 days ago
4
6
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1655 m
1700m 1550m 2100m 2150m 2400m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
80

Good

Varied
10 cm
2 days ago
3
6
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
1700m 1550m 2150m 2150m 2400m

(470m — 1415m)

light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 942 m
1500m 1400m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

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4
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
1850m 1800m 2100m 2100m 2450m

(1650m — 2200m)

3
7
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
1950m 1800m 2050m 2050m 2400m

(1019m — 2231m)

7
4
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
1450m 1150m 1850m 2100m 2300m

(1075m — 1740m)

7
1
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1408 m
1100m 1000m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1000m — 1800m)

7
1
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1150m 1000m 2200m 2250m 2500m

(681m — 1700m)

3
1
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1190 m
1100m 950m 2100m 2200m 2450m

(1030m — 1201m)

partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
1950m 1950m 2100m 2200m 2550m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

6
4
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
1050m 900m 1800m 2100m 2400m

(421m — 1064m)

moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 742 m
1100m 950m 2200m 2250m 2450m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 20 days ago

55
10

Good
×
Not Enough Snow
2 cm
25 days ago
6
1
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
1250m 1100m 2300m 2300m 2500m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
320
Powder
Powder
3 days ago
5
13
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
1600m 1450m 2100m 2200m 2450m

(1000m — 2301m)

8
8
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
1100m 950m 1600m 2100m 2400m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

60
40
Packed 3 days ago
7
11
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
1100m 950m 2000m 2200m 2450m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

140
70
Packed 4 days ago
12
1
9
light snow
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1968 m
1800m 1550m 1950m 2100m 2300m

(850m — 2060m)

7
4
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1455 m
1100m 950m 2050m 2200m 2450m

(800m — 2000m)

3
2
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1550m 1350m 2250m 2250m 2500m

(1367m — 2168m)

2
10
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1768 m
2000m 1900m 2100m 2100m 2500m

(990m — 2100m)

Donnersbachwald webcam
2
7
partially cloudy
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
1700m 1550m 2050m 2150m 2400m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
2050m 1950m 2100m 2050m 2450m

(800m — 1600m)

3
1
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1200 m
1400m 1300m 2250m 2300m 2500m
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