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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 Winter is certainly coming as there has been heavy snow fall in Austria, which has seen all our featured resorts temporarily close on Thursday but there's lots of fresh snow waiting to be tracked when they reopen. Italy also had plenty of snow and France and Switzerland received a nice helping too.


AUSTRIA Thursday 23rd October brought very heavy snowfall across Austria with reports of up to 80cm at the Hintertux Glacier and 50cm at the Stubai Glacier.The heavy snowfall was seen across all of our featured resorts but unfortunately due to the weather conditions all resorts were closed on Thursday. The weekend ahead looks clearer with sunny skies so it could be a fantastic weekend for snowsports in Austria.

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

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E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (1) Best piste conditions (1)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D


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Mid station 1365 m
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Mid station 1365 m
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Mid station 1314 m
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Mid station 1310 m
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Alberschwende webcam
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Mid station 961 m
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Mid station 1419 m
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Mid station 1140 m
2050m 1950m 2450m 2300m 2200m

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Altaussee webcam
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Fresh

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2 days ago
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Mid station 1250 m
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Mid station 1178 m
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Mid station 1066 m
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Mid station 1471 m
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Mid station 1140 m
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snow report 12 days ago

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32 cm
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Mid station 1605 m
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Axamer Lizum webcam
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Mid station 1950 m
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Mid station 1655 m
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Bad Hofgastein webcam
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Mid station 1570 m
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(470m — 1415m)

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Mid station 942 m
2200m 2650m 2650m 2400m 2250m

(1001m — 2055m)

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Mid station 1528 m
2100m 1600m 2100m 2250m 2350m

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Mid station 1925 m
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Mid station 1625 m
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Mid station 1408 m
2500m 3000m 2600m 2450m 2550m

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Mid station 1400 m
2450m 2950m 2600m 2450m 2550m

(681m — 1700m)

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Mid station 1190 m
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Mid station 1116 m
2150m 1600m 2300m 2350m 2500m

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Mid station 1478 m
2500m 3100m 2450m 2350m 2550m

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Mid station 742 m
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rain showers
Mid station 1288 m
2350m 2750m 2650m 2450m 2400m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 3 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
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clear
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light rain
Mid station 1950 m
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(1000m — 2301m)

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light rain
Mid station 1650 m
2500m 2950m 2400m 2300m 2500m

(1311m — 2009m)

Damüls webcam
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clear
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light rain
Mid station 1660 m
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light rain
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Mid station 1968 m
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Mid station 1455 m
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partially cloudy
clear
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Mid station 1400 m
2250m 2650m 2600m 2400m 2300m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
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clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
2250m 1750m 2250m 2300m 2450m

(990m — 2100m)

Donnersbachwald webcam
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clear
clear
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Mid station 1545 m
2100m 2200m 2350m 2350m 2250m

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Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
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clear
partially cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
2300m 1850m 2300m 2300m 2500m

(800m — 1600m)

partially cloudy
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light rain
Mid station 1200 m
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