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 Good late season skiing is available across many regions of Alps, thanks to the new snowfall and low temperatures that have affected many regions over the past week. For many resorts this weekend marks the end of the winter season and, judging by the current conditions, they look likely to go out on a high. The cloud is set to hang around over the coming days, with the possibility of yet more snow, although not nearly in the quantities seen earlier in the week.


AUSTRIA Only ten of our featured resorts in Austria remain open for snowsports on Thursday 28th April, with this weekend set to see further closures. Good late season skiing still available across many resorts, particularly across the high glacial resorts where some good snowfall over the course of the week ensuring that pistes across the upper mountain remain in good condition. The cloud affecting many resorts on Thursday is set to hand around over much of the weekend, with fluctuating temperatures seeing the possibility of some light snow and rain fall during this period.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 211resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 11 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 (11)

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)

10
moderate rain
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1900m 1550m 2100m 2750m 2900m

(950m — 1780m)

11
rain showers
light snow
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
1900m 1500m 2200m 2850m 2950m

(1127m — 1500m)

5
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1314 m
2100m 1650m 2100m 2700m 2750m

(810m — 1810m)

2
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1310 m
2150m 1700m 2100m 2600m 2650m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 961 m
1900m 1600m 2450m 2950m 2900m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 4 days ago

8
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
1850m 1500m 2100m 2800m 2850m

(1000m — 1280m)

rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
2200m 1750m 2200m 2600m 2600m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
6
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1250 m
1950m 1550m 2100m 2750m 2850m

(655m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1178 m
1850m 1600m 2350m 2950m 2900m

(800m — 1333m)

light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1066 m
1950m 1550m 2100m 2700m 2850m

(1349m — 1593m)

1
rain showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1471 m
2200m 1800m 2250m 2600m 2550m

(680m — 1600m)

rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
2300m 1950m 2250m 2600m 2650m

(1310m — 1900m)

14
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
1850m 1500m 2100m 2800m 2900m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 4 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
5
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1900m 1550m 2100m 2800m 2850m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 4 days ago

8
rain showers
light snow
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1655 m
2000m 1500m 1950m 2600m 2700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 4 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
6
rain showers
snow showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
2000m 1500m 1950m 2600m 2700m

(470m — 1415m)

moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 942 m
1950m 1550m 2100m 2750m 2900m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 214 days
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
2250m 1850m 2200m 2600m 2650m

(1650m — 2200m)

2
rain showers
snow showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
2250m 1850m 2150m 2600m 2700m

(1019m — 2231m)

2
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1950m 1550m 2050m 2700m 2800m

(1075m — 1740m)

opens in 227 days
4
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1408 m
1900m 1550m 2200m 2850m 2900m

(1000m — 1800m)

4
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1900m 1550m 2100m 2850m 2900m

(681m — 1700m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1190 m
1850m 1600m 2200m 2900m 2900m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
2300m 2000m 2250m 2600m 2650m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 4 days ago

6
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
1850m 1600m 2100m 2850m 2900m

(421m — 1064m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
1900m 1600m 2450m 2950m 2900m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 30 days ago

35
10

Good

Varied
38 days ago
7
rain showers
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1850m 1450m 2150m 2800m 2900m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
20
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1950 m
1950m 1550m 2000m 2650m 2800m

(1000m — 2301m)

10
moderate rain
light snow
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
1800m 1550m 1900m 2800m 2850m

(1311m — 2009m)

13
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1660 m
1850m 1600m 2150m 2900m 2900m

(1410m — 2525m)

9
rain showers
snow showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1968 m
2100m 1600m 1950m 2600m 2700m

(850m — 2060m)

10
moderate rain
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1455 m
1850m 1600m 2000m 2900m 2900m

(800m — 2000m)

18
moderate rain
light snow
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
1900m 1500m 2050m 2700m 2800m

(1367m — 2168m)

rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1768 m
2300m 1950m 2250m 2600m 2650m

(990m — 2100m)

6
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
2050m 1600m 2050m 2600m 2750m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
2300m 1950m 2250m 2600m 2650m

(800m — 1600m)

6
rain showers
rain showers
clear
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1200 m
1900m 1500m 2100m 2800m 2950m