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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 There has been some remarkably good skiing around the Matterhorn at Cervinia and Zermatt, thanks to the fresh snow earlier this week. Elsewhere in Europe the outlook is rather more drab, with the general impression that summer skiing has pretty much finished now.


AUSTRIA Hintertux (55cm) is now our only Austrian resort open for skiing. It was mostly cloudy day on Monday Thursday 17th, 12 lifts were running and 20km of pistes were open.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 1resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 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

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(950m — 1780m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
4250m 3350m 2700m 2900m 3400m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
thunderstorm
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
4150m 3350m 2700m 3100m 3650m

(1127m — 1500m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1314 m
4300m 3450m 2800m 2900m 3300m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
partly cloudy
heavy rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
4300m 3700m 3050m 3000m 3250m

(721m — 1201m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
4050m 3200m 2850m 3400m 3800m

(813m — 2025m)

Alpbachtal webcam
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
4200m 3400m 2750m 3150m 3650m

(1000m — 1280m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
4250m 3800m 3050m 3050m 3150m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1250 m
4300m 3400m 2700m 2850m 3350m

(655m — 1700m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
4100m 3200m 2850m 3400m 3800m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1066 m
4250m 3400m 2700m 2900m 3400m

(1349m — 1593m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
4250m 3800m 3050m 3000m 3100m

(680m — 1600m)

clear
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
4250m 3700m 3100m 3050m 3400m

(1310m — 1900m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
4200m 3400m 2700m 3100m 3650m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
thunderstorm
heavy rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
4150m 3400m 2850m 3250m 3700m

(1080m — 2230m)

Bad Gastein webcam
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1655 m
4250m 3400m 2850m 3100m 3450m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1570 m
4250m 3400m 2800m 3050m 3450m

(470m — 1415m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 942 m
4300m 3400m 2700m 2900m 3400m

(1001m — 2055m)

opens in 111 days
clear
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
4250m 3600m 3050m 3050m 3300m

(1650m — 2200m)

clear
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
4250m 3600m 3000m 3100m 3350m

(1019m — 2231m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
4200m 3450m 2900m 3300m 3700m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
thunderstorm
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
4150m 3300m 2800m 3250m 3700m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
thunderstorm
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
4150m 3300m 2800m 3250m 3700m

(681m — 1700m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
4100m 3200m 2850m 3350m 3800m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
4300m 3800m 3000m 3050m 3350m

(1037m — 1920m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
4100m 3250m 2950m 3450m 3850m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
4050m 3200m 2850m 3400m 3850m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 112 days
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
4200m 3350m 2700m 3100m 3600m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
4300m 3400m 2750m 2900m 3350m

(1000m — 2301m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1650 m
4150m 3250m 2900m 3400m 3800m

(1311m — 2009m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
4100m 3200m 2900m 3400m 3800m

(1410m — 2525m)

thunderstorm
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1968 m
4200m 3600m 2950m 3250m 3700m

(850m — 2060m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1455 m
4100m 3200m 2850m 3350m 3800m

(800m — 2000m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
4250m 3400m 2750m 2950m 3450m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
4250m 3700m 3050m 3050m 3350m

(990m — 2100m)

clear
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1545 m
4250m 3450m 2850m 2950m 3350m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
4250m 3700m 3100m 3050m 3400m

(800m — 1600m)

partly cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
4250m 3400m 2650m 2950m 3450m