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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 Conditions have been much improved across the Alps this week thanks to widespread snowfall over the weekend. Some places have seen further snowfall, with the focus being on northern Italy, southern Switzerland and western France. The best conditions are on piste as the base still needs building up off piste, but some good powder stashes have been reported from across the Alps. More snow is forecast over the weekend and the long term forecasts are looking extremely favourable for the end of next week.


AUSTRIA Austria has remained much the same over the past few days, the most recent substantial snow fall was last weekend and this week has been a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Thursday 22nd January was more or less the same with sunshine and scattered cloud seen in the majority of our featured resorts. More central Austrian resorts, particularly in the Zillertal Valley saw cloudier skies St Anton im Arlberg (25/125cm) are reporting excellent conditions particularly on the Valluga ski area. General piste conditions are very good after recent snow fall and cold climates, ensuring the pistes are firm and well intact. On Thursday almost all of their lifts were running, a total of 94 lifts were in operation, visibility was changeable due to the mixture of cloudy and sunny skies but generally a good days skiing was enjoyed in St Anton.A cloudy weekend looms as the vast majority of our featured resorts are expected to be covered in thick cloud. It will be quite cold and there is a chance of fresh snow.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 305 resorts. Powder is reported at 47 resorts and 91 are reporting good piste conditions.

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (47) Best piste conditions (91)

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

45
30
Packed yesterday
30
46
18
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
250m 250m 400m 300m 750m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report today

60
25
Powder
Powder
today
26
27
16
light snow
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
250m 350m 700m 450m 1150m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report yesterday

35
35
Artificial yesterday
10
37
7
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
400m 300m 400m 450m 600m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report yesterday

30
10
Packed 8 days ago
4
32
3
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
450m 350m 500m 500m 600m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alberschwende webcam
30
20
Packed 8 days ago
11
17
15
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 961 m
350m 450m 750m 700m 1150m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
40

Good

Varied
15 cm
8 days ago
18
20
10
light snow
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
250m 350m 700m 600m 1250m

(1000m — 1280m)

2
31
3
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
500m 350m 550m 500m 700m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report today

Altaussee webcam
82
22
Packed yesterday
14
27
10
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
250m 300m 400m 450m 800m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report today

60
15
Powder
Powder
today
14
22
17
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
250m 450m 750m 700m 1100m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

60
20
Packed today
25
38
15
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
250m 250m 400m 300m 750m

(1349m — 1593m)

4
50
6
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
500m 350m 550m 450m 750m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
20
Packed 3 days ago
36
7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
750m 400m 850m 700m 750m

(1310m — 1900m)

19
20
9
light snow
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
250m 350m 700m 700m 1300m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 2 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
80
40

Good

Varied
10 cm
8 days ago
Light snow forecast // 23 Jan
24
36
18
light snow
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
250m 400m 700m 550m 1050m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 2 days ago

200
100

Good

Varied
30 cm
7 days ago
14
40
15
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
300m 300m 600m 450m 750m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
85
25

Good

Varied
10 cm
7 days ago
15
39
15
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
300m 300m 600m 400m 750m

(470m — 1415m)

16
27
11
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 942 m
250m 300m 400m 400m 800m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 2 days ago

40
10

Good

Varied
15 cm
8 days ago
Light snow forecast // 23 Jan
1
37
7
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
600m 350m 700m 550m 650m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report today

60
20
Packed 3 days ago
3
40
8
light snow
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
600m 400m 750m 450m 700m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

40
15
Artificial yesterday
13
27
12
light snow
clear
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
300m 400m 700m 550m 1000m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

65
40
Powder
Powder
today
21
28
16
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
250m 400m 700m 500m 1050m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report today

60
30

Fresh

Fresh
today
20
26
16
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
250m 400m 750m 500m 1050m

(681m — 1700m)

14
23
17
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
250m 450m 700m 650m 1050m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

20
20
Packed 3 days ago
40
8
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
700m 350m 800m 750m 800m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 2 days ago

80
20

Good

Varied
10 cm
7 days ago
22
29
21
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
250m 400m 650m 550m 1050m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report 2 days ago

20
10
Packed 8 days ago
10
11
12
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 742 m
400m 500m 800m 750m 1150m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

50
40

Good

Fresh
6 cm
today
19
21
9
light snow
clear
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
200m 350m 650m 700m 1300m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
220
opens in 6 days 2 days ago
23
44
13
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
250m 300m 400m 350m 750m

(1000m — 2301m)

25
34
25
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
250m 400m 650m 550m 1000m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

Damüls webcam
95
75

Fresh

Fresh
today
23
33
24
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
250m 450m 700m 600m 1000m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report today

70
30
Packed 8 days ago
9
25
9
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
350m 400m 650m 550m 850m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report today

110
35
Packed today
19
31
22
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
250m 450m 700m 600m 1050m

(800m — 2000m)

31
52
25
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
250m 250m 600m 350m 800m

(1367m — 2168m)

48
9
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
650m 400m 800m 700m 750m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report today

100
45
Packed yesterday
6
28
5
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
450m 300m 400m 450m 700m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
36
7
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
750m 400m 850m 750m 700m

(800m — 1600m)

27
39
19
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
250m 250m 550m 300m 850m
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