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 Dry and Sunny conditions continue across the Alps, with the temperatures up on the glaciers hovering around 0C. For many resorts this does not pose a serious problem due to snowfalls in the previous two weeks which improved the snow. These conditions are expected to change little across the entire Alps, with little variation between Austria, France, Italy or Switzerland.


AUSTRIA Though the snowfall of previous weeks has now settled and groomed, low temperatures are maintaining the good conditions. Hintertux Glacier (75cm) is offering good summer skiing, with 35km of slopes served by 15 open lifts, while Kaprun (100cm) offering 10km of glacial piste served by 8 open lifts. Conditions are unlikely to change over the coming week with no significant clouds in sight and little change in temperatures either.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 219resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Austria

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best piste conditions (7)

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(950m — 1780m)

29
22
32
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1400m 2000m 3150m 3500m 2550m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
30
12
17
moderate snow
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1550m 2300m 3300m 3600m 2650m

(1127m — 1500m)

9
8
15
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1314 m
1450m 2000m 3200m 3450m 2550m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
4
8
13
light snow
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
1500m 2350m 3400m 3450m 2600m

(721m — 1201m)

moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
1550m 2550m 3600m 3700m 2800m

(813m — 2025m)

Alpbachtal webcam
20
9
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1419 m
1500m 2250m 3350m 3600m 2700m

(1000m — 1280m)

6
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
1500m 2250m 3400m 3500m 2600m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
17
19
27
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1250 m
1450m 1950m 3100m 3450m 2500m

(655m — 1700m)

6
2
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1178 m
1600m 2500m 3600m 3700m 2800m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
13
22
heavy rain
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1066 m
1400m 1950m 3100m 3500m 2550m

(1349m — 1593m)

3
5
5
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1471 m
1500m 2200m 3300m 3450m 2600m

(680m — 1600m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
1800m 2450m 3400m 3800m 3150m

(1310m — 1900m)

21
16
13
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1605 m
1500m 2250m 3350m 3600m 2650m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 40 days
5
12
8
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
1550m 2400m 3450m 3650m 2800m

(1080m — 2230m)

7
9
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1655 m
1500m 2050m 3250m 3650m 2800m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
6
9
12
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
1500m 2050m 3300m 3600m 2800m

(470m — 1415m)

12
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
moderate rain
Mid station 942 m
1450m 2000m 3150m 3450m 2500m

(1001m — 2055m)

opens in 45 days
2
3
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
1750m 2350m 3450m 3700m 3000m

(1650m — 2200m)

1
3
5
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1925 m
1800m 2400m 3450m 3700m 3050m

(1019m — 2231m)

5
6
7
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
1500m 2350m 3450m 3700m 2900m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 54 days
14
5
8
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1408 m
1550m 2450m 3450m 3650m 2800m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
14
6
8
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1550m 2400m 3450m 3650m 2800m

(681m — 1700m)

8
2
3
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1190 m
1550m 2500m 3550m 3700m 2850m

(1030m — 1201m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1800m 2350m 3300m 3750m 3150m

(1037m — 1920m)

22
4
4
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
1550m 2500m 3600m 3750m 2900m

(421m — 1064m)

light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 742 m
1550m 2550m 3600m 3700m 2800m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 46 days
13
9
10
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
1500m 2250m 3350m 3600m 2650m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 4 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
30

Good

Varied
14 cm
17 days ago
31
33
42
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
1400m 1900m 3050m 3500m 2600m

(1000m — 2301m)

34
11
13
moderate snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
1550m 2450m 3600m 3750m 2950m

(1311m — 2009m)

27
9
14
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
1600m 2500m 3550m 3700m 2850m

(1410m — 2525m)

12
12
13
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1968 m
1650m 2200m 3350m 3750m 3000m

(850m — 2060m)

27
9
12
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1455 m
1550m 2450m 3550m 3700m 2850m

(800m — 2000m)

34
18
23
moderate snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1450m 2000m 3150m 3550m 2650m

(1367m — 2168m)

2
2
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
1800m 2450m 3400m 3750m 3100m

(990m — 2100m)

7
11
15
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
1500m 2000m 3250m 3500m 2650m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1800m 2450m 3400m 3800m 3150m

(800m — 1600m)

16
18
23
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
moderate rain
Mid station 1200 m
1450m 2050m 3200m 3500m 2550m