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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 Conditions across Europe are fantastic at present, following yet another period of heavy snowfall. Pistes have been refreshed across the Alps and there have been some great powder conditions reported. After a brief settled period on Wednesday, and for the east on Thursday, snowy weather is set to return heading into the weekend.


AUSTRIA It's a great week to be in Austria as fresh snow fell in all of our featured resorts in the past 48 hours. All resorts are either reporting powdery or fresh conditions but rest assured, there are fresh pistes and pockets of fresh powder on offer.By far the most recorded snow came around the Salzberg region with Kaprun (100/310cm) and Zell am See (15/123cm) reporting excellent conditions, particularly at the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier where around 40cm was reported to have settled. This has brought fresh powder off the track and fresh pistes, which have been packed down and groomed to perfection. Zell am See and Kaprun had all of their lifts turning, with a total of 47 to get you around the mountains. We're expecting more clouds to form this weekend which could bring fresh snow to many parts of Austria. It has been quite changeable recently so do keep an eye on local forecasts but most of all get out there and enjoy the excellent conditions.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 303 resorts. Powder is reported at 24 resorts and 81 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Austria

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snowing in St Anton.
  2. eyeball reporter Member Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Gerlos.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow falling in St Anton.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (24) Best piste conditions (81)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

75
50
Packed yesterday
24
52
25
light snow
moderate snow
partially cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1365 m
1100m 1200m 750m 750m 350m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report today

90
35
Packed 2 days ago
22
54
8
light rain
moderate snow
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1365 m
1300m 1400m 850m 800m 400m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 2 days ago

50
40
Packed 3 days ago
8
20
22
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
1300m 1400m 600m 800m 400m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report today

60
20
Packed 6 days ago
4
11
9
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
1350m 1500m 550m 850m 450m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report yesterday

Alberschwende webcam
80
50
Packed 7 days ago
6
20
1
light rain
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 961 m
1800m 1500m 950m 850m 450m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 2 days ago

110
50

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
4 days ago
20
35
6
light rain
moderate snow
partially cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1419 m
1600m 1500m 900m 900m 350m

(1000m — 1280m)

1
6
7
light rain
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1400m 1550m 650m 900m 500m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report today

Altaussee webcam
200
40
Packed 5 days ago
14
26
21
light rain
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
1250m 1350m 600m 800m 400m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report today

95
45
Powder
Powder
yesterday
13
26
1
light rain
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
1750m 1450m 850m 800m 450m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

65
25
Packed 4 days ago
17
41
21
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
1050m 1250m 650m 750m 350m

(1349m — 1593m)

2
7
9
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
1400m 1600m 700m 1000m 500m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 2 days ago

55
35
Packed 4 days ago
1
6
light snow
light rain
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
1200m 1400m 1150m 1000m 350m

(1310m — 1900m)

26
35
6
light rain
moderate snow
partially cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1605 m
1750m 1550m 900m 950m 400m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 2 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
115
70

Excellent
Tracked
10 cm
4 days ago
25
49
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1950 m
1350m 1400m 1000m 850m 200m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 2 days ago

250
130

Excellent
Tracked
20 cm
4 days ago
19
32
9
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
1250m 1350m 700m 800m 350m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
120
35

Excellent
Tracked
20 cm
4 days ago
19
34
9
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
1250m 1350m 700m 800m 350m

(470m — 1415m)

7
25
18
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 942 m
1150m 1300m 750m 800m 400m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
20

Good
Tracked
10 cm
5 days ago
7
12
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
1250m 1300m 800m 900m 450m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report today

70
20
Packed 5 days ago
9
17
3
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
1250m 1350m 850m 900m 450m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
30
Packed 20 days ago
13
32
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
1350m 1450m 1100m 900m 250m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

95
80
Packed yesterday
17
38
4
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
1450m 1400m 850m 850m 400m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report today

100
40
Packed 2 days ago
20
40
5
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1400 m
1400m 1400m 900m 850m 350m

(681m — 1700m)

13
27
2
light rain
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
1650m 1450m 850m 750m 450m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
50
Packed 5 days ago
2
9
2
cloudy
light rain
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1250m 1450m 1200m 1050m 350m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 2 days ago

195
45

Good

Fresh
5 cm
5 days ago
20
28
2
rain showers
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
1550m 1400m 950m 750m 400m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report 2 days ago

60
Wet 7 days ago
2
15
1
light rain
moderate rain
partially cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 742 m
1850m 1500m 950m 850m 450m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

70
50

Good
Packed
2 cm
yesterday
13
34
6
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1288 m
1750m 1550m 850m 1000m 350m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
290
Powder
Powder
5 days ago
28
38
26
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1150m 1250m 600m 750m 350m

(1000m — 2301m)

22
40
3
rain showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1650 m
1400m 1300m 700m 700m 400m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

Damüls webcam
180
120

Fresh

Fresh
today
23
36
2
light snow
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
1550m 1400m 850m 750m 450m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report today

90
40
Packed 5 days ago
11
24
3
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1450m 1400m 900m 900m 300m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report today

170
50
Powder
Powder
yesterday
18
35
2
light rain
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
1600m 1400m 650m 750m 400m

(800m — 2000m)

27
63
18
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1400 m
1200m 1300m 650m 800m 200m

(1367m — 2168m)

6
12
2
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
1250m 1350m 1050m 1000m 350m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report today

130
50
Packed 4 days ago
12
18
17
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
1350m 1400m 600m 800m 400m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
1
6
light snow
light rain
light snow
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1200m 1400m 1150m 1000m 350m

(800m — 1600m)

20
49
18
light rain
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
1200m 1350m 750m 800m 350m
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