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


AUSTRIA REPORTIt has been a better week than recent ones in Austria with regular snow showers between sunny periods of up to 30cm (12"), refreshing the slope cover nicely. Temperatures have been lower but still in the +5 to +10C range and despite the fresh snowfall that is finally beginning to have an impact on open terrain - albeit a small one so far on the bigger areas.

The Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn Skicircus (50/120cm / 12/48") has dropped to 82% open with 50km (31 miles) of mostly lower slopes closed, although that still leaves 220km (137 miles) open. The biggest open area, St Anton and Lech's Arlberg (65/360cm / 26/144") has dropped a little too, to 90% of its 300km (187 miles) of runs, but obviously, that's still plenty to see it through the remain 10 weeks or so of the season.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. Powder is reported at 40 resorts and 33 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 (40)Best piste conditions (33)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(712m — 1200m)

snow report today

20
Wet snow 14 cm
3 days ago
2.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 956 m
1500m 1350m 1800m 2100m 2050m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report today

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
70
10
Packed powder and groomed snow 9 cm
3 days ago
4.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1365 m
1700m 1550m 1500m 1850m 1900m

(1107m — 1480m)

snow report today

15
15
Spring snow 21 cm
3 days ago
5.0
cloud cloud cloud clear cloud
Mid station 1294 m
1600m 1700m 1850m 2100m 2100m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report today

60
Powder
Powder
12 cm
3 days ago
2.0
part cloud cloud cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1310 m
1300m 1850m 2050m 2050m 2000m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 3 days ago

1.0 cm
2 days ago
7.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 961 m
1750m 1350m 1450m 1900m 1700m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report today

135
30
Packed powder and groomed snow 18 cm
3 days ago
4.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1419 m
1600m 1400m 1550m 1900m 2000m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 2 days ago

1.0 cm
3 days ago
cloud cloud cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1140 m
1350m 2050m 2100m 2050m 2000m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report today

200
10
Packed powder and groomed snow 16 cm
3 days ago
2.0
cloud cloud cloud clear cloud
Mid station 1250 m
1500m 1550m 1850m 2250m 2050m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report today

50
Packed powder and groomed snow 1.0 cm
3 days ago
2.0
9.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1178 m
1750m 1300m 1500m 1950m 1750m

(896m — 1300m)

snow report today

17 cm
3 days ago
2.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1098 m
1450m 1200m 1850m 2100m 2050m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 2 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud cloud cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1471 m
1600m 2150m 2050m 2100m 2050m

(699m — 1551m)

snow report today

1.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
6.0
cloud mod rain light rain part cloud light rain
Mid station 1125 m
1450m 1400m 1800m 2050m 2100m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 2 days ago

20 cm
3 days ago
4.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1605 m
1700m 1550m 1550m 1900m 2000m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report today

140
90
Packed powder and groomed snow 4 cm
2 days ago
1.0
9.0
light snow cloud cloud clear light snow
Mid station 1950 m
1100m 1150m 1500m 1550m 1700m

(1079m — 2007m)

snow report today

80
20
Packed powder and groomed snow 32 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud light rain cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1543 m
1100m 1050m 1800m 1650m 1800m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report today

Bad Hofgastein webcam
200
35
Packed powder and groomed snow 32 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud cloud part cloud clear rain showers
Mid station 1570 m
1100m 1050m 1800m 1800m 1850m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 2 days ago

11 cm
3 days ago
2.0
cloud cloud cloud clear cloud
Mid station 942 m
1600m 1800m 1800m 2150m 2050m

(1100m — 2055m)

snow report today

130
50
Packed powder and groomed snow 39 cm
3 days ago
1.0
2.0
5.0
cloud light snow part cloud part cloud rain showers
Mid station 1578 m
1250m 1250m 1700m 1950m 2000m

(1670m — 2120m)

snow report today

100
60
Packed powder and groomed snow 2.0 cm
yesterday
6.0
3.0
13.0
light snow light snow cloud clear snow showers
Mid station 1895 m
1050m 1050m 1700m 1700m 1750m

(1098m — 2231m)

snow report today

160
50
Artificial snow cover 5 cm
2 days ago
1.0
6.0
light snow cloud cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1664 m
1200m 1000m 1800m 1600m 1700m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report today

80
50
Packed powder and groomed snow 7 cm
2 days ago
9.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1408 m
1400m 1150m 1350m 1900m 1900m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report today

20
15
Old snow from last ski season 5 cm
2 days ago
8.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1400 m
1400m 1250m 1400m 1900m 1900m

(1167m — 1214m)

snow report today

99
7
Powder
Powder
1.0 cm
2 days ago
5.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1190 m
1300m 1250m 1450m 1800m 1850m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 3 days ago

1.0 cm
3 days ago
2.0
9.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1190 m
1650m 1300m 1500m 1950m 1800m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report today

5
5
32 cm
3 days ago
4.0
cloud light rain part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1116 m
1250m 1700m 1900m 2150m 2050m

(964m — 1050m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
2 days ago
4.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1007 m
1400m 1300m 1450m 1850m 1900m

(891m — 2000m)

snow report today

135
3.0 cm
3 days ago
2.0
10.0
light snow cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1446 m
1600m 1350m 1500m 2000m 1800m

(421m — 1064m)

11 cm
39 days ago
6.0
cloud cloud cloud clear cloud
Mid station 742 m
1750m 1350m 1450m 1900m 1700m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report today

80
30
Fair
Fresh
15 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud cloud part cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1288 m
1800m 1700m 1500m 1900m 2000m

(560m — 690m)

snow report today

2.0 cm
3 days ago
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 625 m
1400m 1300m 1500m 1800m 1900m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 2 days ago

27 cm
3 days ago
4.0
cloud cloud cloud clear cloud
Mid station 1950 m
1250m 1100m 1900m 2050m 2050m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

2.0 cm
2 days ago
2.0
12.0
light snow cloud cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 1650 m
1400m 1300m 1400m 1900m 1750m

(669m — 2009m)

snow report today

180
120
Packed powder and groomed snow 1.0 cm
3 days ago
2.0
10.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1339 m
1600m 1250m 1550m 2000m 1800m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report today

130
70
Powder
Powder
2.0 cm
yesterday
1.0
3.0
6.0
light snow light snow cloud part cloud light snow
Mid station 1968 m
1200m 1150m 1750m 1350m 1550m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report today

200
20
Packed powder and groomed snow 1.0 cm
2 days ago
3.0
12.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1455 m
1600m 1250m 1500m 2000m 1850m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report today

150
35
Packed powder and groomed snow 27 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud cloud part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1400 m
1050m 950m 1700m 1600m 1800m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
2 days ago
6.0
3.0
14.0
cloud light snow cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1768 m
1350m 1400m 1800m 2100m 2100m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report today

131
52
Packed powder and groomed snow 22 cm
3 days ago
3.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1545 m
1400m 1300m 1850m 2000m 2100m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report yesterday

Dreilaendereck webcam
1.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
6.0
cloud mod rain light rain part cloud light rain
Mid station 1116 m
1450m 1450m 1850m 2050m 2100m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report today

5
5
15 cm
3 days ago
2.0
cloud cloud cloud clear light rain
Mid station 1200 m
1800m 1700m 1650m 2050m 2000m