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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 Fresh snow has fallen all across all of our featured resorts situated in the northern Alps. The Southern Alps and Pyrenees were more spring-like with brighter skies and patchy cloud. The Italian resorts in the Dolomites were also mostly snow free but snowfall as seen in the eastern regions of Italy.


AUSTRIA The current weather pattern of snow up high and rain below has altered the piste conditions significantly, with the uppermost slopes in a powdery state and the lower runs being wet and quite heavy. Naturally, the glacial resorts are having an excellent day with regards to snowfall as all of our featured glacier resorts are reporting heavy snowfall and powdery conditions. Pitztal (226/309cm) has so far reported up to 14cm in the last 24 hours and it looks set to continue throughout the week. In central Austria, the resort of Kuhtai (90/115cm) enjoyed plenty of fresh snow on Monday 30th March with around 15cm being reported. All 12 lifts were in operation for the new guests that arrived at the weekend, perfect timing and it looks as though it will continue to snow throughout the week.We have seen our first season closure in Austria; we bid a fond farewell to St Wolfgang who has now closed its gates for the winter ski season.As mentioned before, the snow is expected to continue to drop over the course of this new week. Our forecasts are indicating lighter snowfall up until Thursday, when it is expected to increase significantly. It should remain quite cold too, so fingers crossed and all boxes are ticked for fresh pistes and pockets of fresh powder.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 301 resorts. Powder is reported at 29 resorts and 61 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For Austria

  1. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    Snow falling heavily in St Anton.
  2. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Wagrain.
  3. eyeball reporter Anonymous Report:
    It is snowing steadily in Montafon.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (29) Best piste conditions (61)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 5 days ago

45
25
Packed 25 days ago
78
35
24
moderate rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
1550m 750m 700m 950m 700m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

50
15
Packed 4 days ago
69
27
15
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
1700m 800m 900m 1150m 900m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 9 days ago

50
40
Packed 17 days ago
67
21
8
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
1450m 800m 650m 900m 850m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 3 days ago

60
20
Packed 26 days ago
55
12
6
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1310 m
1450m 800m 550m 900m 800m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
38
11
moderate rain
light snow
moderate snow
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 961 m
1650m 850m 950m 1300m 850m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

100
40

Fresh

Varied
10 cm
4 days ago
46
15
6
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1419 m
1750m 850m 1000m 1150m 850m

(1000m — 1280m)

31
8
3
light rain
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1140 m
1450m 800m 550m 900m 700m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

Altaussee webcam
185
10
Wet
81
38
22
moderate rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
1450m 750m 700m 950m 800m

(655m — 1700m)

57
23
1
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1178 m
1650m 850m 950m 1300m 850m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report 9 days ago

45
10
Spring 19 days ago
58
20
15
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
1550m 750m 750m 1000m 700m

(1349m — 1593m)

34
9
4
light rain
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1471 m
1450m 850m 600m 900m 700m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 9 days ago

50
20
Packed 34 days ago
1
rain showers
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1140 m
1900m 1400m 1150m 950m 900m

(1310m — 1900m)

55
20
7
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
1750m 850m 950m 1200m 850m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
105
50

Good

Fresh
5 cm
4 days ago
42
18
2
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1800m 1000m 1100m 1200m 900m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

220
100

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
38
12
3
light rain
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1655 m
1650m 850m 900m 950m 700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
100
20

Good

Varied
5 cm
4 days ago
36
11
4
light rain
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1570 m
1650m 850m 900m 1000m 700m

(470m — 1415m)

51
18
6
heavy rain
light snow
moderate snow
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 942 m
1450m 750m 650m 950m 800m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

60
20
Spring snow
Limited
10 cm
35 days ago
Overcast skies // 30 Mar
12
1
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
1800m 1250m 1000m 900m 650m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

70
20
Packed 4 days ago
15
2
1
rain showers
snow showers
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1925 m
1800m 1250m 1150m 850m 700m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Packed 27 days ago
21
14
3
rain showers
light snow
light snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
1850m 950m 1100m 1200m 900m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

45
35
10 days ago
59
18
3
light rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
1700m 850m 1000m 1250m 900m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

100
40
Spring 4 days ago
51
18
4
light rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
1700m 850m 1000m 1200m 850m

(681m — 1700m)

71
26
2
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
1600m 850m 950m 1250m 850m

(1030m — 1201m)

rain showers
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1950m 1400m 1200m 1100m 950m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

105

Good
Limited
5 cm
4 days ago
65
20
2
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
1700m 850m 950m 1150m 900m

(421m — 1064m)

19
4
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 742 m
1650m 850m 950m 1250m 800m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

40
20

Good

Varied
4 days ago
39
12
3
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1288 m
1800m 850m 900m 1200m 850m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
300
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
104
35
27
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1450m 750m 800m 950m 700m

(1000m — 2301m)

107
34
6
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1650m 800m 850m 1150m 950m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

Damüls webcam
120
90

Fresh

Fresh
4 days ago
110
35
3
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
1650m 850m 950m 1250m 900m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Packed 5 days ago
25
15
7
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1968 m
1750m 850m 1000m 1050m 700m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

145
20
Spring yesterday
106
35
4
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
1600m 800m 900m 1200m 850m

(800m — 2000m)

73
32
23
moderate rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
1700m 800m 850m 1100m 750m

(1367m — 2168m)

7
rain showers
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1768 m
1900m 1400m 1100m 950m 850m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

130
30
Packed 2 days ago
68
17
8
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1545 m
1500m 800m 750m 950m 800m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
1
rain showers
light rain
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1116 m
1900m 1400m 1150m 950m 900m

(800m — 1600m)

66
31
14
moderate rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1200 m
1550m 750m 650m 950m 750m
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