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 In Europe, heavy cloud and the potential for fresh snow fell on Monday 24th September, completely curtailing visibility in our Austrain and Italian resorts currently operational. There has been fresh snow in both South America and New Zealand, keeping slopes in great shape for the final weeks of the season.

Australia saw more typical late season conditions, though thanks to a fantastic winter many have postponed closing dates.


AUSTRIA Hintertux (0/75cm) was in thick cloud on Monday 24th September, with a likelihood of some fresh snow falling across the resort and the wider region. Resorts Dachstein, Kaprun, Kaunertal, Molltal, Pitztal, Solden and Stubai Glacier all currently closed, though are expected to begin winter operations in the coming weeks.

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

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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(950m — 1780m)

2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
3650m 2850m 2600m 3050m 2650m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
4
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1365 m
3500m 2800m 2850m 3300m 3100m

(1127m — 1500m)

6
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1314 m
3700m 3000m 2450m 2650m 2050m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
8
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1310 m
3750m 3100m 2350m 2400m 1750m

(721m — 1201m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
3300m 2800m 3050m 3400m 3250m

(813m — 2025m)

Alpbachtal webcam
2
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
3500m 2850m 2850m 3250m 3000m

(1000m — 1280m)

11
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
3750m 3200m 2350m 2200m 1500m

(750m — 1750m)

3
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1250 m
3650m 2850m 2500m 2900m 2550m

(655m — 1700m)

clear
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
3350m 2800m 3050m 3400m 3250m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
opens in 25 days
2
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1066 m
3650m 2850m 2600m 3000m 2500m

(1349m — 1593m)

17
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1471 m
3750m 3250m 2300m 2050m 1400m

(680m — 1600m)

3
rain showers
cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1140 m
3800m 3300m 2850m 2800m 1800m

(1310m — 1900m)

2
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
3550m 2850m 2850m 3250m 2950m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 19 days
2
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
3450m 2850m 3000m 3300m 3050m

(1080m — 2230m)

Bad Gastein webcam
3
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1655 m
3700m 3050m 2800m 3050m 2200m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
3
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1570 m
3700m 3050m 2750m 3050m 2200m

(470m — 1415m)

2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 942 m
3600m 2850m 2550m 3000m 2700m

(1001m — 2055m)

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
opens in 25 days
4
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1528 m
3800m 3300m 2800m 2750m 1750m

(1650m — 2200m)

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1925 m
3750m 3250m 2900m 3000m 2050m

(1019m — 2231m)

2
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
3450m 2950m 2950m 3300m 2850m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 33 days
2
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
3450m 2800m 3000m 3350m 3200m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
3
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3450m 2800m 2950m 3350m 3200m

(681m — 1700m)

clear
light rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
3350m 2800m 3050m 3400m 3250m

(1030m — 1201m)

6
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3850m 3350m 2750m 2550m 1650m

(1037m — 1920m)

1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1478 m
3350m 2800m 3050m 3400m 3200m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
3300m 2750m 3050m 3400m 3250m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 26 days
2
clear
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
3550m 2850m 2800m 3250m 2950m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 14 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
4
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
3700m 2900m 2550m 2950m 2100m

(1000m — 2301m)

2
clear
light rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1650 m
3400m 2800m 3000m 3350m 3150m

(1311m — 2009m)

1
clear
light rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
3400m 2800m 3050m 3400m 3250m

(1410m — 2525m)

3
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1968 m
3600m 3100m 2900m 3200m 2350m

(850m — 2060m)

1
clear
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1455 m
3400m 2800m 3000m 3400m 3250m

(800m — 2000m)

4
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3650m 2950m 2700m 3150m 2450m

(1367m — 2168m)

4
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1768 m
3800m 3300m 2850m 2750m 1800m

(990m — 2100m)

5
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1545 m
3750m 3000m 2550m 2750m 1950m

(681m — 1551m)

3
rain showers
cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1116 m
3800m 3300m 2850m 2800m 1800m

(800m — 1600m)

3
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
3600m 2850m 2700m 3100m 2800m