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 With ski areas in Austria, France, Germany and Italy still closed due to November lockdowns there's been no change in the number of ski areas open in Europe compared to a week ago.


AUSTRIA REPORT Conditions on Austrian glaciers look excellent from the weather reports and the camera images, but they remain closed to recreational skiers.

Only elite racers are permitted on the slopes. The Stubai is, in fact, due to host a World cup freestyle ski competition this coming weekend. Mostly, the weather has been dry and sunny but there have been some snowfalls on the glaciers. Still rain in the valleys here and it remains 5-10 degrees above freezing. It looks like Austria's ski season will not resume until mid-December at the earliest. The country's lockdown was tightened and extended at the end of last week and will now run through to at least December 6th, a week later than originally planned. Even before the extension was announced several leading areas including St Anton, Zillertal Arena and the Arlberg area, as well as Ischgl, had announced they did not plan to open for the season before December 17th. Others, including parts of Wildschonau, are going for the 12th and some glaciers say they hope to reopen on the 7th.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. 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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 24 days 11 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
1750m 2850m 2150m 1850m 1900m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 4 days ago

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
opens in 17 days 9 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2200m 2650m 2200m 1900m 2050m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 25 days 13 cm
3 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1314 m
1400m 2950m 2250m 1950m 1950m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 14 days 7 cm
3 days ago
1
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1310 m
1100m 3000m 2300m 1850m 1700m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 25 days 5 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 961 m
2450m 2600m 2150m 1950m 2150m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 4 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
opens in 18 days 9 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1419 m
2100m 2550m 2100m 1800m 1900m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
1100m 3000m 2300m 1950m 1750m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report 3 days ago

12 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1250 m
1700m 2950m 2200m 1950m 1950m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 30 days 9 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1178 m
2450m 2550m 2100m 1900m 2100m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report 3 days ago

Annaberg webcam
opens in 18 days 7 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1066 m
1650m 2850m 2100m 1750m 1750m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
1
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
1100m 3000m 2350m 2000m 1600m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 25 days 1 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1140 m
1250m 2650m 2000m 1450m 1850m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 4 days ago

12 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2100m 2600m 2100m 1850m 2000m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 4 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 13 days 17 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2000m 2250m 1850m 1400m 1400m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 31 days 9 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
1800m 2650m 2050m 1350m 1400m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
9 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
1800m 2700m 2050m 1350m 1450m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 3 days ago

7 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 942 m
1800m 2950m 2200m 1950m 2100m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 4 days ago

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
opens in 13 days 1 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
1300m 2650m 1950m 1350m 1600m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 25 days 3 cm
4 days ago
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
1400m 2450m 1800m 1300m 1450m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 13 days 11 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2050m 2250m 1900m 1400m 1400m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report 4 days ago

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 24 days 6 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1408 m
2000m 2400m 1850m 1550m 1650m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report 4 days ago

Biberwier webcam
opens in 24 days 6 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2000m 2400m 1900m 1600m 1700m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1190 m
2400m 2550m 2100m 1900m 2050m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 25 days 1 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1116 m
1150m 2750m 2200m 1600m 1850m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 13 days 13 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
2350m 2400m 2000m 1750m 1850m

(421m — 1064m)

opens in 32 days
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
2500m 2600m 2150m 1950m 2150m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 4 days ago

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 11 days 10 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2150m 2700m 2150m 1950m 2100m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 16 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1950 m
1500m 2850m 2100m 1450m 1450m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report 4 days ago

12 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
2350m 2400m 2000m 1600m 1700m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 13 days 17 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1660 m
2400m 2500m 2100m 1850m 1950m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 18 days 6 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1968 m
2050m 2400m 2000m 1400m 1450m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 24 days 16 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1455 m
2350m 2550m 2050m 1850m 1950m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 18 days 8 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1500m 2650m 2000m 1400m 1450m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
1250m 2700m 2050m 1550m 1800m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 13 days 7 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
1300m 2850m 2100m 1400m 1400m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1300m 2700m 2000m 1400m 1850m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 13 days 10 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1200 m
1800m 2850m 2150m 1850m 2050m