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 The third successive week of heavy snowfall in the Eastern Alps brought some of the most significant accumulations yet to Austria, southern Germany and Eastern Switzerland over the weekend with some resorts reporting as much as a metre of snow in 24 hours (again) and an accumulation of 3 metres (10 feet) in the past week (again).

The ongoing snowfall closed ski slopes, access roads, rail lines and occasionally airports. The avalanche danger level reached its highest level in parts of Austria making getting on to the slopes somewhat problematic. The good news for everyone from road-workers to skiers and boarders though is that are signs of it ending, or at least a lull, this week so things should become easier.


AUSTRIA After the latest huge snowfalls in Austria - the greatest of which were from last Saturday to Monday, it's finally quietened down a little in Austria after three weeks of heavy snow in the north and west of the country. At the time of writing, avalanche danger levels were down from the maximum level 5, or next highest level 4, to 3 - still 'considerable' but not quite so dangerous. Always take appropriate precautions. Previously closed ski areas have begun re-opening and resorts that were all but cut off by road closures are mostly accessible again. At the time of writing the deepest reported snow in Austria is the resort of Loser Altaussee (150/490cm) in the province of Styria and had an avalanche risk of 5. The second deepest in the world at present is St. Anton am Arlberg (95/480cm).

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 62 resorts. Powder is reported at 65 resorts and 65 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 (65)Best piste conditions (65)

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 today

260
160
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
2 days ago
6
3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
450m 300m 400m 300m 100m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report today

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
160
80
Packed powder or groomed snow 15 cm
2 days ago
1
8
4
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
500m 350m 400m 300m 150m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report today

300
250
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
2 days ago
3
2
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
400m 300m 350m 350m 150m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report today

Aflenz webcam
190
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
2 days ago
2
1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
350m 250m 200m 350m 200m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report today

80
40

Fresh

Fresh
9 cm
2 days ago
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 961 m
750m 400m 400m 200m 100m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

Alpbachtal webcam
250
150
Powder
Powder
12 cm
2 days ago
2
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1419 m
650m 350m 450m 300m 150m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1140 m
300m 200m 200m 350m 300m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report 2 days ago

16 cm
2 days ago
5
3
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
400m 300m 350m 300m 100m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report today

190
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
2 days ago
2
snow showers
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
750m 400m 400m 200m 100m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report today

Annaberg webcam
220
140
Powder
Powder
18 cm
2 days ago
7
4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
450m 350m 450m 300m 100m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 2 days ago

7 cm
2 days ago
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
250m 200m 200m 300m 300m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report today

60
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 34 cm
yesterday
1
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
700m 350m 300m 500m 600m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 2 days ago

13 cm
2 days ago
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1605 m
650m 350m 450m 300m 150m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

Axamer Lizum webcam
275
205
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
2 days ago
snow showers
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
750m 450m 550m 350m 200m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report today

Bad Gastein webcam
110
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 20 cm
2 days ago
2
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
600m 400m 450m 400m 250m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
230
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 19 cm
2 days ago
2
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
500m 400m 450m 400m 250m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 2 days ago

14 cm
2 days ago
4
2
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 942 m
400m 300m 350m 250m 100m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report today

120
75
Powder
Powder
19 cm
2 days ago
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
650m 350m 300m 450m 400m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report today

50
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
2 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
700m 450m 350m 450m 450m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report today

135
95

Fresh

Fresh
12 cm
2 days ago
1
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1625 m
700m 450m 500m 350m 250m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
305
225
Powder
Powder
7 cm
2 days ago
2
1
cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
700m 400m 450m 300m 150m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report today

Biberwier webcam
150
80
Packed powder or groomed snow 7 cm
2 days ago
3
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
700m 400m 450m 300m 150m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 2 days ago

13 cm
2 days ago
1
2
1
snow showers
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
750m 450m 400m 200m 100m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report today

20
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 40 cm
yesterday
2
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
600m 300m 250m 450m 500m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report today

180
110
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
2 days ago
3
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
750m 400m 500m 250m 150m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report today

95
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 742 m
700m 300m 400m 200m 100m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

Brixen im Thale webcam
250
170

Excellent

Fresh
11 cm
2 days ago
1
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1288 m
650m 350m 450m 300m 150m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report today

Dachstein Glacier webcam
400
90
Powder
Powder
24 cm
2 days ago
6
4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
500m 400m 450m 400m 150m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report 2 days ago

20 cm
2 days ago
2
5
1
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
800m 500m 450m 250m 150m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report today

260
190

Fresh

Fresh
19 cm
2 days ago
1
5
1
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
800m 450m 450m 200m 100m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report today

110
80
Powder
Powder
16 cm
2 days ago
1
2
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1968 m
650m 550m 450m 400m 350m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report today

250
120
Packed powder or groomed snow 19 cm
2 days ago
1
5
1
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
750m 450m 400m 200m 100m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

280
170
Packed powder or groomed snow 23 cm
2 days ago
10
6
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1400 m
500m 350m 450m 350m 150m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report yesterday

40 cm
yesterday
1
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1768 m
700m 300m 300m 500m 550m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report today

240
95
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
2 days ago
4
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1545 m
450m 350m 350m 400m 200m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report yesterday

35 cm
yesterday
1
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
700m 350m 300m 500m 600m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report today

200
165
Packed powder or groomed snow 22 cm
2 days ago
5
3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1200 m
400m 300m 350m 250m 100m