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 In Europe, good glacier skiing was on offer in Austria and Switzerland. In Austria, both Hintertux (45cm) and Molltal (100cm) were open, with clear skies and a lovely alpine summer day on the 29th of September. Similarly fantastic weather in the Switzerland glacier resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fe, as summer ski hunters basked in glorious sunshine. France's glacier resorts of Tignes and Deux-Alpes are now closed until October.


AUSTRIA There were lovely clear skies in Austria on Thursday 29th September, where glacier skiing continued at two of our featured summer ski resorts. The best conditions could be found at Hintertux (45cm), where 10 lifts were running, and serving 18km of nicely groomed slopes. At Molltal (100cm) three lifts were open and were providing access to limited late season skiing on three pistes. Friday and Saturday are currently forecast to be a continuation of the current weather; sunny skies are predicted for the most part, and temperatures are likely to be at around +10C. On Sunday there may well be some rain at times for Molltall.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 45resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 1 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 piste conditions (1)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

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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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

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rain showers
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1365 m
3200m 2750m 2050m 2000m 1650m

(950m — 1780m)

1
thunderstorm
heavy rain
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1365 m
3200m 2650m 2200m 2100m 2600m

(1127m — 1500m)

1
clear
light rain
rain showers
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1314 m
3200m 2750m 2100m 2050m 1450m

(810m — 1810m)

1
clear
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
3250m 2900m 2250m 2050m 1250m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
3150m 2550m 2300m 2700m 3400m

(813m — 2025m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1419 m
3200m 2700m 2200m 2050m 2600m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
light rain
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1140 m
3300m 3000m 2350m 2050m 1250m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
thunderstorm
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1250 m
3200m 2700m 2050m 2050m 1600m

(655m — 1700m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
3150m 2600m 2300m 2700m 3350m

(800m — 1333m)

opens in 68 days
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1066 m
3200m 2700m 2050m 2000m 1650m

(1349m — 1593m)

1
3
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1471 m
3350m 3050m 2350m 2050m 1250m

(680m — 1600m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1140 m
3300m 3100m 2500m 2450m 2400m

(1310m — 1900m)

1
1
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1605 m
3200m 2700m 2200m 2050m 2550m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 62 days
5
4
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
3100m 2700m 2300m 2250m 3050m

(1080m — 2230m)

1
1
5
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
light rain
clear
Mid station 1655 m
3150m 2750m 2200m 2100m 2050m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
1
1
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
light rain
clear
Mid station 1570 m
3150m 2750m 2200m 2100m 2050m

(470m — 1415m)

thunderstorm
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
Mid station 942 m
3200m 2700m 2000m 2050m 1650m

(1001m — 2055m)

opens in 63 days
17
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1528 m
3300m 3000m 2350m 2350m 2300m

(1650m — 2200m)

19
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1925 m
3200m 3000m 2400m 2350m 2550m

(1019m — 2231m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
3100m 2750m 2300m 2150m 2900m

(1075m — 1740m)

opens in 76 days
thunderstorm
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
3150m 2650m 2300m 2400m 3150m

(1000m — 1800m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3150m 2650m 2300m 2250m 3100m

(681m — 1700m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
3150m 2600m 2250m 2650m 3350m

(1030m — 1201m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3400m 3150m 2550m 2350m 2350m

(1037m — 1920m)

1
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
3100m 2600m 2300m 2650m 3400m

(421m — 1064m)

partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
3150m 2550m 2300m 2750m 3400m

(620m — 1957m)

opens in 68 days
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1288 m
3200m 2700m 2150m 2050m 2450m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 2 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
4
10
1
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
3200m 2750m 2100m 2000m 1650m

(1000m — 2301m)

4
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
3150m 2650m 2150m 2500m 3350m

(1311m — 2009m)

3
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
3150m 2600m 2250m 2650m 3350m

(1410m — 2525m)

1
1
14
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1968 m
3050m 2850m 2300m 2200m 2450m

(850m — 2060m)

2
rain showers
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1455 m
3150m 2600m 2250m 2550m 3350m

(800m — 2000m)

rain showers
moderate rain
clear
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
3200m 2750m 2100m 2050m 1950m

(1367m — 2168m)

47
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1768 m
3350m 3100m 2450m 2400m 2450m

(990m — 2100m)

1
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
light rain
clear
Mid station 1545 m
3200m 2800m 2100m 2050m 1650m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3300m 3100m 2500m 2450m 2400m

(800m — 1600m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
rain showers
moderate rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1200 m
3200m 2700m 2050m 2050m 1800m