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 Sunny skies and excellent skiing was the order of the day in Austria on Thursday 19th January. There has not been any new snow over the last couple of day, but low temperatures have ensured that the groomed trails remain in excellent nick. The off piste in many resorts is now mainly tracked out, but pockets of powder can still be found quite easily by those with a more discerning eye.


AUSTRIA An absolutely glorious day across Austria on Thursday 19th January. The country basked in sunshine and temperatures were well below freezing, meaning that conditions remained very good indeed. In the Ski Welt (65/75cm), the resorts of Ellmau, Hopfgarten, Scheffau and Soll are all looking impressive. The last snow in the area was on the 16th January, and the off piste is now mostly tracked out. However, 86/91 lifts were spinning on Thursday, and with 275km of groomed terrain on offer, there are plenty of different options available for all abilities. In the Arlberg region, the lower slopes at St Anton (60/150cm) and St Christoph (60/150cm) were packed, whilst the upper slopes surrounding the resorts were in excellent nick. Nearby at Lech (80/120cm) and Zurs (80/120cm) all but two of the lifts were running (85/87) and the skiing across the area is superb. Of all our featured Austrian resorts, only one was struggling somewhat compared to rest. Bad Kleienkirchheim in east Austria (15/20cm) has still got a relatively shallow base depth compared to other resorts, and was also an anomaly in the sense that it was also a partly cloudy day on Thursday too. The sunny skies are set to continue on into the weekend, and current forecast predicts that fine views should prevail well into next week. Temperatures may rise slightly over the weekend, but should still remain cold enough to keep the snow in great condition.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 68 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 (68)

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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(950m — 1780m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
750m 700m 750m 400m 450m

(950m — 1780m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1365 m
800m 850m 1050m 600m 900m

(1127m — 1500m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1314 m
650m 550m 700m 350m 300m

(810m — 1810m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
650m 400m 800m 350m 250m

(721m — 1201m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
800m 1750m 1400m 650m 950m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

110
60

Excellent
Tracked
10 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
1100m 1150m 1400m 1000m 1250m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1140 m
550m 350m 700m 300m 250m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1250 m
750m 700m 750m 400m 400m

(655m — 1700m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
800m 900m 1400m 850m 1200m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

120
80
Packed 4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1066 m
700m 600m 750m 450m 450m

(1349m — 1593m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
500m 350m 450m 150m 200m

(680m — 1600m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
750m 900m 1300m 950m 350m

(1310m — 1900m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
1250m 1350m 1550m 1000m 1250m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
90
70

Excellent
Tracked
5 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1050m 1050m 1600m 1300m 1600m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

140
55

Excellent
Tracked
10 cm
5 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1655 m
850m 800m 1200m 900m 900m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
140
55

Excellent
Tracked
10 cm
5 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1570 m
850m 800m 1200m 900m 950m

(470m — 1415m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 942 m
850m 850m 750m 300m 400m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

20
15

Good
Limited
3 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
800m 850m 1100m 750m 450m

(1650m — 2200m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
900m 900m 1150m 700m 600m

(1019m — 2231m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
950m 900m 1250m 1150m 1400m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

90
80
Packed 4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1408 m
800m 900m 1300m 1000m 1400m

(1000m — 1800m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
800m 850m 1200m 1000m 1350m

(681m — 1700m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
800m 900m 1250m 950m 1250m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
450m 600m 1000m 750m 300m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

120
40

Excellent
Tracked
30 cm
6 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
800m 850m 1250m 1100m 1450m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
850m 1800m 1300m 400m 1000m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

75
65

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
5 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1500m 1850m 1650m 950m 1200m

(1200m — 2701m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
600m 550m 750m 500m 600m

(1000m — 2301m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1650 m
750m 750m 1150m 1250m 1500m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

165
60

Excellent
Tracked
20 cm
5 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
750m 850m 1200m 1000m 1300m

(1410m — 2525m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1968 m
1150m 1100m 1350m 1150m 1250m

(850m — 2060m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1455 m
750m 850m 1150m 1000m 1200m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 12 days ago

110
80

Excellent

Powder
24 cm
13 days ago
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1400 m
700m 700m 1150m 850m 950m

(1367m — 2168m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
750m 850m 1250m 950m 350m

(990m — 2100m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1545 m
650m 600m 800m 500m 450m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
750m 900m 1300m 950m 350m

(800m — 1600m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
800m 850m 750m 250m 500m