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 Austria was providing some excellent skiing today with predominantly sunny skies. The snow was varied, tending to be more packed at the top and softer at the bottom. More snow is set to hit resorts this week, starting tomorrow.


AUSTRIA There was plenty of really good skiing in Austria on Monday 27th of February and with more snow on the way this week, things are set to get even better. There were some really excellent conditions in the Kitzski area, with both Kitzbuhel (65/95cm) and Kirchberg (65/95cm) in great condition. The slopes up high were packed and grippy and looked a real treat. There were spring conditions at the bottom and the sun dominated despite a few clouds. Conditions were equally good in St Christoph (60/180cm) and St Anton (60/180cm) mainly thanks to the new snow. The powder is mostly tracked out by now but the great on piste conditions make up for it. More snow is forecast over the week starting tomorrow. It was a beautiful day to be skiing in Damuls/Mellau (70/115cm) today with slopes in very good condition and the sun shining overhead. The Mittagsspitze peak and the surrounding slopes were looking particularly good. All things considered, Austria provides an excellent option at the moment.

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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 2 resorts and 47 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 (2)Best piste conditions (47)

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)

19
6
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
1550m 950m 1500m 1900m 2150m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
23
10
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
1200m 1100m 1650m 2150m 2150m

(1127m — 1500m)

6
2
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
1700m 1000m 1400m 1950m 2200m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
4
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1310 m
1750m 1050m 1700m 1900m 2250m

(721m — 1201m)

13
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 961 m
1350m 1300m 1650m 2350m 2000m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

Alpbachtal webcam
80
40

Good

Varied
5 cm
3 days ago
15
5
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1419 m
1350m 1100m 1600m 2050m 2150m

(1000m — 1280m)

3
light rain
snow showers
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
1800m 1100m 1750m 1850m 2300m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
16
4
rain showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1250 m
1550m 900m 1450m 1900m 2300m

(655m — 1700m)

26
4
8
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1178 m
1300m 1250m 1650m 2300m 1950m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

Annaberg webcam
50
30
Packed 4 days ago
13
3
rain showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1066 m
1600m 950m 1350m 1550m 2050m

(1349m — 1593m)

4
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1471 m
1950m 1200m 1800m 1950m 2500m

(680m — 1600m)

14
heavy rain
snow showers
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1140 m
1700m 1250m 1400m 1750m 1950m

(1310m — 1900m)

16
5
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1605 m
1350m 1150m 1750m 2150m 2200m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
90
70

Good
Best up high
5 cm
4 days ago
29
3
5
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
1450m 1150m 1750m 2000m 1950m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Gastein webcam
110
40
Packed
Varied
5 cm
22 days ago
22
4
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1655 m
1650m 1000m 1450m 1600m 1900m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
110
40
Packed
Varied
5 cm
22 days ago
20
3
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
1650m 1050m 1450m 1600m 1950m

(470m — 1415m)

9
partly cloudy
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 942 m
1500m 950m 1700m 2100m 2400m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

45
30
Artificial
Limited
5 cm
17 days ago
11
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
1650m 1100m 1400m 1650m 1850m

(1650m — 2200m)

37
11
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
1500m 1100m 1350m 1550m 1750m

(1019m — 2231m)

25
1
4
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1625 m
1500m 1100m 1550m 1750m 1800m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
60
50
Packed today
25
2
9
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1408 m
1250m 1050m 1650m 2050m 1950m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
24
8
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
1250m 1050m 1550m 2000m 2000m

(681m — 1700m)

29
4
12
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1190 m
1300m 1150m 1550m 2200m 1850m

(1030m — 1201m)

9
light rain
clear
cloudy
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1750m 1300m 1550m 1850m 2000m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

100
10
Packed
Best up high
10 cm
10 days ago
29
7
14
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
1350m 1050m 1450m 2050m 1900m

(421m — 1064m)

7
light snow
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 742 m
1350m 1300m 1650m 2350m 2000m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

Brixen im Thale webcam
60
50

Good
Packed
4 days ago
10
4
snow showers
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1288 m
1300m 1250m 1850m 2250m 2250m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
22
8
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
1700m 950m 1250m 1450m 2000m

(1000m — 2301m)

43
9
20
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
1350m 950m 1150m 1700m 1700m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

115
70
Packed
Tracked
10 cm
4 days ago
45
7
19
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1660 m
1350m 1100m 1500m 2100m 1850m

(1410m — 2525m)

32
7
9
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1550m 950m 1500m 1700m 1800m

(850m — 2060m)

45
7
18
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1455 m
1300m 1000m 1250m 1950m 1750m

(800m — 2000m)

19
9
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
1550m 1000m 1550m 1650m 2050m

(1367m — 2168m)

30
8
1
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1768 m
1700m 1250m 1450m 1750m 1950m

(990m — 2100m)

11
3
light snow
snow showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1545 m
1700m 1000m 1350m 1850m 2050m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
14
heavy rain
clear
cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1700m 1250m 1400m 1750m 1950m

(800m — 1600m)

17
6
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1200 m
1350m 1000m 1650m 2050m 2350m