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 December began with heavy snowfall in both Europe and North America. For the Alps this was simply 'more of the same' after a very snowy November 2019. For North America, particularly the west where most of the snow had fallen, it was quite a relief after a mostly dry November.


AUSTRIA Austria has not seen the big snowfalls that were happening further west over the past week.

It has warmed up a little here too. After the significant snowfalls here in November bases are very good for early winter on higher slopes. The Stubai Glacier (0/290cm) is posting the deepest snow in the country and is almost fully open but other glacier areas have almost as much snow lying already. Most report 10-20cm more snow over the weekend. Although there are still a lot of Austrian areas yet to open more than 40 are now operational including Ischgl (20/70cm) and St Anton/Lech (20/70cm), in the Arlberg, which opened at the weekend with 170km and 44km of slopes open from day one respectively. Ischgl's terrain is, as usual for early December, one of the biggest areas in the world to be open so far.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 317 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 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 (1)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 2 days ago

10
opens in 12 days 2 cm
yesterday
12
12
16
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
2050m 1500m 500m 1050m 500m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
opens in 6 days 1 cm
yesterday
17
14
11
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
2400m 1650m 450m 1600m 450m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 2 days ago

10
10
opens in 6 days 3 cm
8 days ago
7
10
12
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
2100m 1600m 450m 850m 700m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 8 days ago

Aflenz webcam
opens in 6 days 1 cm
8 days ago
4
5
7
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
2200m 1700m 700m 650m 700m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 12 days 2 cm
6 days ago
12
14
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 961 m
2300m 1500m 400m 1700m 500m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
40
20
Artificial 4 cm
6 days ago
11
14
9
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
2250m 1600m 500m 1550m 500m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 8 days ago

1 cm
8 days ago
2
2
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
2300m 1850m 650m 650m 700m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
12
13
15
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
2100m 1550m 500m 1000m 650m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 12 days 1 cm
yesterday
18
26
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
2300m 1500m 800m 1700m 500m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

Annaberg webcam
20
20
Artificial 1 cm
yesterday
8
9
11
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
2050m 1450m 500m 1000m 500m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 6 days ago

4 cm
6 days ago
3
2
2
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
2300m 1850m 700m 750m 700m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 6 days 1 cm
6 days ago
2
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
2250m 1350m 900m 750m 650m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
6 days ago
13
16
10
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
2300m 1650m 500m 1550m 550m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
90
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
6 days ago
9
25
17
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
2250m 1400m 750m 1650m 700m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

90
opens in 13 days 4 cm
6 days ago
5
8
11
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
2200m 1250m 500m 1500m 550m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
100
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
6 days ago
6
8
11
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
2200m 1200m 500m 1450m 550m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 8 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
8
11
6
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 942 m
2150m 1550m 500m 1100m 650m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
80
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
6 days ago
2
1
2
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
2150m 1200m 800m 850m 700m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 13 days 3 cm
6 days ago
2
3
3
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
2100m 1200m 700m 900m 700m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

70
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
8 days ago
5
20
10
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
2100m 1350m 650m 1650m 650m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 6 days 1 cm
yesterday
17
24
13
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1408 m
2150m 1450m 450m 1350m 500m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

Biberwier webcam
opens in 5 days 1 cm
yesterday
14
21
12
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
2200m 1450m 500m 1450m 500m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
21
29
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
2250m 1450m 550m 1650m 550m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 12 days 7 cm
6 days ago
1
1
clear
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
2600m 2050m 1000m 700m 600m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

40
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
yesterday
23
40
10
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
2100m 1350m 450m 1550m 400m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report 8 days ago

opens in 6 days 2 cm
8 days ago
6
10
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 742 m
2300m 1500m 450m 1200m 550m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

Brixen im Thale webcam
40
10

Good
×
No snow
3 cm
6 days ago
10
12
6
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
2400m 1700m 650m 1650m 600m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 3 cm
yesterday
13
13
25
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
2050m 1350m 500m 1000m 600m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
29
46
19
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2150m 1450m 850m 1700m 600m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 2 days ago

45
20
Artificial 3 cm
yesterday
33
43
11
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
2150m 1450m 450m 1650m 450m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

180
120
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
8 days ago
4
11
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1968 m
2250m 1250m 650m 1700m 700m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 6 days 4 cm
yesterday
29
37
3
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
2100m 1450m 700m 1650m 600m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

30
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
yesterday
9
11
10
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
2050m 1250m 550m 1250m 550m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report 6 days ago

16 cm
6 days ago
2
1
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
2300m 1300m 950m 750m 650m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 2 days ago

40
Artificial 2 cm
6 days ago
6
8
16
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
2100m 1300m 500m 900m 550m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report 6 days ago

1 cm
6 days ago
2
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
2250m 1350m 900m 750m 650m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 12 days 3 cm
6 days ago
10
8
6
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
2100m 1550m 450m 1100m 650m