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


AUSTRIA REPORT A largely dry and sunny week in the Austrian Alps with the few skiers able to access the country's open slopes reporting glorious conditions on quiet runs. With mostly sunny days there's been no fresh snowfall to report. The deepest bases remain on the country's glaciers, with Hintertux (165/375cm / 66/150"), open year-round, having the deepest of all.

This looks to be good news for late spring and summer glacier skiing in 2021, should travel limitations ease by then. The SkiWelt, with 150km (over 90 miles) of trails open, looks to be the biggest area open in Austria. The Arlberg has only 100km of its 300km+ of trails open due to the limited demand, resulting from pandemic travel restrictions. Solden announced on Monday that it was closing indefinitely due to the new stricter pandemic operating restrictions announced in Tirol, including the need for a negative test result issued within 48 hours of getting on the slopes.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 12 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Austria

A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best powder (4)Best piste conditions (12)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
9
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
0m 2050m 2450m 2250m 1850m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report today

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
60
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
8
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
600m 2100m 2550m 2350m 1750m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 2 days ago

20
10
Old corn snow, Hard
Crust
4 cm
yesterday
4
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
0m 2000m 2200m 2300m 1900m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report today

50
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
yesterday
2
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
0m 1500m 1800m 2350m 2000m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report today

40
40
Artificial 8 cm
17 days ago
6
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 961 m
700m 2050m 2500m 2350m 1550m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

Alpbachtal webcam
90
30
Powder
Powder
2 cm
yesterday
6
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1419 m
800m 1850m 2350m 2250m 1750m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 12 days ago

2 cm
12 days ago
1
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
0m 1450m 1900m 2350m 2050m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
9
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1250 m
0m 2000m 2400m 2300m 1900m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report today

70
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
11 days ago
10
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1178 m
800m 2050m 2450m 2350m 1550m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

Annaberg webcam
40
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
12 days ago
6
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1066 m
0m 2000m 2400m 2250m 1850m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
0m 1550m 2000m 2400m 2050m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report today

120
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
17 days ago
1
6
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
0m 1600m 1300m 2300m 1250m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
8
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1605 m
750m 1900m 2400m 2250m 1800m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

Axamer Lizum webcam
120
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
8
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
850m 1600m 2100m 2150m 1500m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
yesterday
3
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
450m 1900m 2100m 2250m 1700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
130
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
yesterday
3
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
500m 1850m 2150m 2250m 1700m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 12 days ago

4 cm
12 days ago
5
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 942 m
0m 2050m 2500m 2300m 1900m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
180
80
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
17 days ago
1
3
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
0m 1550m 1250m 2250m 1350m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report today

180
150
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
12 days ago
2
1
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1925 m
0m 1550m 1350m 2200m 1400m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report today

100
30
Artificial 1 cm
yesterday
4
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
850m 1500m 1650m 2050m 1500m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
85
55
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
8
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1408 m
900m 1500m 2050m 2150m 1550m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report today

Biberwier webcam
60
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
8
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
900m 1550m 2150m 2150m 1550m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
11
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1190 m
850m 2000m 2400m 2350m 1500m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 2 days ago

50
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 cm
17 days ago
2
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
0m 1550m 1250m 2300m 1500m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

120
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
yesterday
11
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
950m 1900m 2250m 2300m 1500m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
Packed powder or groomed snow 8 cm
17 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 742 m
600m 2100m 2500m 2400m 1550m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

Brixen im Thale webcam
75
45

Excellent

Varied
3 cm
yesterday
6
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1288 m
650m 2000m 2450m 2300m 1800m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
255
4 cm
yesterday
7
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
0m 1800m 1950m 2200m 1850m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
11
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
950m 1900m 2100m 2200m 1500m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 2 days ago

150
50
Spring snow 2 cm
yesterday
19
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1660 m
900m 2000m 2400m 2300m 1550m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report 2 days ago

210
130
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
11 days ago
2
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1968 m
650m 1850m 1950m 2050m 1550m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report today

170
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
16
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1455 m
900m 1950m 2350m 2300m 1500m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
yesterday
6
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
500m 1700m 2300m 2100m 1750m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report 17 days ago

22 cm
17 days ago
4
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
0m 1550m 1300m 2300m 1350m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report today

120
65
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
3
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
0m 1800m 1600m 2250m 1850m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report 17 days ago

Dreilaendereck webcam
23 cm
17 days ago
1
6
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
0m 1600m 1350m 2300m 1250m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report today

15
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
yesterday
10
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1200 m
300m 2050m 2500m 2250m 1850m