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 Winter was very much alive in Austria on Thursday 20th April. Fresh snow coupled with cold temperatures have provided some spectacular skiing conditions for those resorts that remain open. For the best skiing at the moment, look towards the likes of Solden, Pitzal or Stubai.


AUSTRIA As the end of the season approaches, the remarkable return to winter conditions continued across Austria. A huge amounts of fresh snow has fallen over the last couple of days, and conditions both on and off piste are pretty much as good as they have been all season. On Thursday 20th April we started to see some of the clouds disperse, and a return to clear skies that is expected to stick around for the duration of Friday at least. The resorts around the Obergurgl region such as Solden (0/312cm)) and Pitzal (146/193cm) are looking in superb nick for the time of year. Whilst towards Innsbruck, conditions at Stubai (20/220cm) are looking the cream of the crop for our featured Austrian resorts, with quiet slopes and fresh tracks the order of the day. A band of high pressure is expected to move in tomorrow, but by Saturday 22nd, a return to clouds and warmer temperatures is forecast.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 199resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 28 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 (1)Best piste conditions (28)

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)

18
41
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
1700m 2250m 1400m 950m 850m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
29
42
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1365 m
1900m 2050m 1100m 900m 950m

(1127m — 1500m)

16
28
clear
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
1650m 2300m 1500m 1000m 950m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
3
13
clear
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
1650m 2500m 1750m 1050m 1000m

(721m — 1201m)

12
6
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 961 m
2200m 1900m 1050m 900m 1000m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
15
29
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1419 m
1850m 2250m 1350m 950m 950m

(1000m — 1280m)

4
18
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1700m 2550m 1800m 1100m 1050m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
14
37
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
1600m 2200m 1400m 1000m 900m

(655m — 1700m)

19
12
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1178 m
2150m 1900m 1050m 900m 1000m

(800m — 1333m)

13
34
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
1600m 2200m 1450m 950m 850m

(1349m — 1593m)

13
27
snow showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
1700m 2550m 1800m 1150m 1050m

(680m — 1600m)

2
15
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1750m 2200m 2200m 1650m 1200m

(1310m — 1900m)

15
30
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
1850m 2250m 1400m 950m 950m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 2 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
30
23
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
2100m 2300m 1450m 950m 950m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Gastein webcam
24
51
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
1700m 2250m 1700m 1000m 900m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
16
46
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
1700m 2250m 1700m 1000m 900m

(470m — 1415m)

10
25
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 942 m
1700m 2150m 1350m 1000m 900m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 2 days ago

5
27
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
1750m 2250m 1850m 1450m 1050m

(1650m — 2200m)

33
40
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
1800m 2100m 1750m 1300m 1050m

(1019m — 2231m)

22
22
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1625 m
1950m 2300m 1500m 1000m 1000m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
29
20
clear
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1408 m
2000m 2050m 1150m 950m 1000m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
32
21
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
2000m 2100m 1150m 950m 950m

(681m — 1700m)

22
16
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1190 m
2100m 1950m 1100m 900m 1000m

(1030m — 1201m)

20
partly cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1800m 2250m 2300m 1700m 1150m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 2 days ago

26
21
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1478 m
2050m 2100m 1150m 900m 1000m

(421m — 1064m)

6
3
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 742 m
2200m 1900m 1000m 900m 1000m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 20 days ago

Brixen im Thale webcam
×
Closed
×
No snow
45 days ago
9
21
rain showers
thunderstorm
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1288 m
1850m 2200m 1400m 950m 950m

(1200m — 2701m)

22
56
clear
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1550m 1950m 1550m 1050m 800m

(1000m — 2301m)

31
35
rain showers
light rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
1850m 2150m 1300m 950m 1050m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 2 days ago

150

Excellent
Best up high
30 cm
4 days ago
35
27
rain showers
rain showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1660 m
2050m 2000m 1100m 900m 1000m

(1410m — 2525m)

31
49
rain showers
light rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1800m 2200m 1850m 1200m 1000m

(850m — 2060m)

31
26
rain showers
light rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1455 m
1950m 2000m 1100m 900m 1000m

(800m — 2000m)

21
46
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
1800m 2300m 1650m 1000m 900m

(1367m — 2168m)

10
47
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
1750m 2200m 2200m 1600m 1200m

(990m — 2100m)

13
33
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
1550m 2300m 1600m 1100m 850m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
2
15
rain showers
light rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1750m 2200m 2200m 1650m 1200m

(800m — 1600m)

21
31
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1200 m
1750m 2100m 1300m 900m 900m