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 Much of Austria was shrouded in the cloud on Thursday 1st December, and visibility was affected across many of our featured resorts. Solden (10/126cm) benefited from a small amount of fresh snow overnight, and elsewhere the temperature should be low enough to get the snow cannons firing on the upper slopes. There was a slight change in weather today for Switzerland with too, with some clouds appearing over most resorts for the first time this week. The place to be is around the Matterhorn this weekend, the high altitude resorts are still holding cold dry snow.


AUSTRIA Following the sun and blue skies that have been the predominant theme in the Austrian Alps of late, Thursday 1st December brought a change in the weather, with many resorts shrouded in the cloud, and visibility being fairly limited. In the Obergurgl region, Solden (10/126cm) benefited from 2cm of fresh snow overnight, which has provided some nice on piste conditions up high. Nearby at Kaunertal (48/82cm), it was a bitterly cold day, where the thermometer was reading around -4C. The resort was running 7/16 lifts, and like Solden, the best skiing could be found on the upper slopes. Elsewhere, in the Ski Welt, operations continue to expand at both Kitzbuhel (30/50cm) and Kirchberg (30/50cm). 20 pistes are now groomed and available for skiing, and the weather should allow for snow making to continue for the time being. Over the weekend the sun should return for most resorts and allow for some great riding. Hintertux (25/105cm) may be one of the exceptions to this, where the cloud may continue into Friday 2nd December, and provide the odd flake of snow at times.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 94resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 21 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 (21)

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
1050m 1450m 1900m 1700m 1550m

(950m — 1780m)

1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1365 m
1250m 1800m 1950m 1800m 1700m

(1127m — 1500m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1314 m
850m 900m 1600m 1700m 1200m

(810m — 1810m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
650m 550m 1100m 1750m 700m

(721m — 1201m)

Alberschwende webcam
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 961 m
1700m 1950m 2050m 1950m 1850m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

30
Hard packed
Varied
5 cm
30 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
1250m 1650m 1850m 1800m 1650m

(1000m — 1280m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
600m 450m 1100m 1650m 650m

(750m — 1750m)

Altaussee webcam
1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1250 m
900m 1250m 1850m 1700m 1500m

(655m — 1700m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1178 m
1600m 1850m 2000m 1950m 1800m

(800m — 1333m)

opens in 6 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1066 m
1050m 1300m 1800m 1650m 1500m

(1349m — 1593m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
550m 450m 900m 1600m 600m

(680m — 1600m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
1000m 1100m 1550m 1850m 1300m

(1310m — 1900m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
1250m 1750m 1900m 1800m 1650m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

opens in 6 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1650m 1850m 2000m 1900m 1750m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report today

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
1200m 1400m 1600m 1600m 1500m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1570 m
1200m 1400m 1650m 1600m 1500m

(470m — 1415m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 942 m
950m 1400m 1900m 1700m 1550m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

opens in 1 days
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
1000m 1050m 1500m 1800m 1300m

(1650m — 2200m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1925 m
1200m 1250m 1600m 1900m 1500m

(1019m — 2231m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1500m 1550m 1700m 1750m 1650m

(1075m — 1740m)

opens in 14 days
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1408 m
1400m 1750m 2000m 1950m 1800m

(1000m — 1800m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1400m 1650m 1900m 1950m 1700m

(681m — 1700m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1190 m
1550m 1700m 1850m 1950m 1750m

(1030m — 1201m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
850m 950m 1450m 1900m 1200m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1478 m
1600m 1650m 1800m 1950m 1750m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 742 m
1700m 2000m 2050m 1950m 1850m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 4 days ago

20
×
Closed
×
Not Enough Snow
13 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
1350m 1850m 2000m 1800m 1650m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
opens in 21 days
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1000m 1150m 1550m 1600m 1350m

(1000m — 2301m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
1550m 1450m 1600m 1900m 1700m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1660 m
1550m 1600m 1800m 1950m 1700m

(1410m — 2525m)

2
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1968 m
1350m 1500m 1650m 1600m 1600m

(850m — 2060m)

clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1455 m
1500m 1550m 1700m 1900m 1700m

(800m — 2000m)

1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1250m 1500m 1750m 1700m 1500m

(1367m — 2168m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
950m 1050m 1550m 1900m 1300m

(990m — 2100m)

snow showers
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
1050m 1200m 1650m 1650m 1250m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
1000m 1100m 1550m 1850m 1300m

(800m — 1600m)

1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1200 m
1000m 1550m 1800m 1700m 1500m