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 Following a bit of a rollercoaster week of weather, some fantastic skiing was to be had on Thursday 4th February across the northern Alps. Heavy snow fell during Wednesday and another heavy pulse of snow was predicted to give a further covering overnight into Friday. Fresh snow was even recorded in parts of the southern Alps which was great news following a very lean winter so far. Switzerland was the place to be however, with almost every resort seeing at least 30cm of new snow. With the half-term holidays fast approaching the great news is that a significant amount of snowfall is predicted for the Alps between Sunday and Tuesday, with well in excess of a metre possible in the northern Alps. Perhaps the better news however was that as much as a metre of new snow could fall in the southern Alps, the first major snowfall for months.


AUSTRIA Snow was falling across much of Austria on Thursday 4th February, with improving conditions across the majority of our featured resorts. With the freezing level sitting at around 800m, snow was falling all the way down to village level in most regions. The biggest gains look to be made in the west of the country, particularly resorts located in the Arlberg region. Lech (115/130cm) and Zurs (115/130cm) saw around 30cm of snow on the ground on Thursday morning, with more set to fall throughout the day. This should ensure that there are plenty of fresh turns to be had both on and off the piste. The glacier resorts of Stubai (30/160cm) and Pitztal (141/201cm) saw some good snowfall, with around 15cm of fresh snow falling on the upper mountain overnight. As a result there is some excellent skiing to be had in both resorts currently. Elsewhere, overnight totals of around 10cm were present in the majority of resorts, with more expected throughout the course of the day. As a result, base depths have seen improvements across both the upper and lower mountain. Lift operations on the upper mountains have been affected as a result of the poor visibility and avalanche risk. The snow will continue to fall throughout the rest of Thursday and into much of Friday morning. The sun will make an appearance on Friday afternoon and continue over much of the weekend. Clouds will begin to roll in once more from Sunday morning, with snow expected to fall on the upper mountain during the afternoon. Temperatures will remain around freezing for the duration.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 316resorts. Powder is reported at 29 resorts and 59 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 powder (29)Best piste conditions (59)

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)

37
25
27
cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
1550m 1750m 550m 650m 750m

(950m — 1780m)

47
22
37
partially cloudy
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
1600m 1700m 500m 600m 850m

(1127m — 1500m)

16
23
13
cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
1650m 1850m 600m 600m 1000m

(810m — 1810m)

8
17
5
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1310 m
1700m 1750m 850m 750m 1100m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
14
11
10
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 961 m
1600m 1650m 600m 750m 1050m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 3 days ago

135
40

Fresh

Fresh
5 cm
3 days ago
37
14
25
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1419 m
1650m 1750m 550m 650m 950m

(1000m — 1280m)

9
22
8
light rain
light rain
cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1140 m
1800m 1750m 900m 750m 1100m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
27
23
23
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1250 m
1600m 1900m 550m 650m 850m

(655m — 1700m)

29
15
16
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1178 m
1600m 1650m 600m 650m 1000m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

50
15
Packed 3 days ago
29
20
23
cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1066 m
1500m 1600m 550m 600m 750m

(1349m — 1593m)

13
36
10
cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1471 m
1900m 2000m 1000m 850m 1200m

(680m — 1600m)

28
49
37
light rain
light rain
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1800m 1650m 1100m 650m 1100m

(1310m — 1900m)

39
16
28
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
1650m 1750m 600m 750m 950m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 3 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
100
65
Powder
Powder
20 cm
3 days ago
43
17
26
partially cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
1750m 1600m 600m 700m 950m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 3 days ago

160
120

Fresh

Fresh
10 cm
3 days ago
46
25
33
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1655 m
1700m 1600m 600m 600m 1000m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
120
40
Powder
Powder
15 cm
3 days ago
40
23
30
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1570 m
1650m 1600m 600m 600m 1000m

(470m — 1415m)

19
16
15
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 942 m
1600m 1950m 600m 700m 1000m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 3 days ago

45
5

Fresh

Fresh
20 cm
3 days ago
32
20
17
light snow
light snow
cloudy
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1528 m
1700m 1550m 850m 450m 1050m

(1650m — 2200m)

62
21
31
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1925 m
1600m 1450m 800m 400m 1050m

(1019m — 2231m)

34
13
22
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
1700m 1450m 700m 650m 950m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

115
85
Packed 3 days ago
27
18
23
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1408 m
1700m 1600m 600m 750m 950m

(1000m — 1800m)

30
18
26
rain showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
1700m 1650m 600m 700m 950m

(681m — 1700m)

35
18
21
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1190 m
1600m 1650m 600m 650m 950m

(1030m — 1201m)

20
36
19
light rain
light rain
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1900m 1850m 1200m 850m 1100m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 3 days ago

130
40

Fresh

Fresh
5 cm
3 days ago
37
20
24
light rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
1600m 1600m 550m 650m 1000m

(421m — 1064m)

9
6
3
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light rain
partially cloudy
Mid station 742 m
1600m 1650m 600m 850m 1050m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

65
55

Good

Varied
4 days ago
31
14
22
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1650m 1850m 600m 950m 1050m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
44
32
37
cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
1550m 1550m 500m 550m 850m

(1000m — 2301m)

57
31
41
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
1600m 1450m 600m 600m 1050m

(1311m — 2009m)

54
27
34
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1660 m
1600m 1650m 600m 650m 1000m

(1410m — 2525m)

41
27
48
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1700m 1400m 800m 650m 1050m

(850m — 2060m)

52
26
34
rain showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1455 m
1600m 1600m 600m 650m 950m

(800m — 2000m)

44
28
43
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
1650m 1650m 600m 700m 900m

(1367m — 2168m)

63
51
37
light snow
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1768 m
1800m 1700m 1100m 650m 1100m

(990m — 2100m)

23
22
22
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1545 m
1650m 1650m 550m 450m 1050m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
28
50
37
light rain
light rain
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1800m 1650m 1100m 650m 1100m

(800m — 1600m)

34
21
26
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
partially cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1200 m
1600m 1800m 600m 750m 950m