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 It's dumping down in the Alps and it currently looks like this could be the biggest snowstorm of 2020 so far, a least on the Northern French Alps and Western Switzerland, where some resorts are expected to see heavy snowfall for 4 or five days straight into next week, potentially receiving well over a metre of snowfall in the weather develops as forecast.

The snowfall comes as a bit of a relief at another few days of very warm weather with temperatures reaching double digits above freezing at resort level in some places.


AUSTRIA REPORT Snow kept falling in Austria later than the rest of the Alps at the end of last week before the warm front that crossed the region brought some very warm weather to start the week. Nice and sunny but into the teens Celcius down in the valleys, not good, and warm to quite high altitudes too. Now though the snow is moving in across the country and temperatures care down again. This looks to be set in now for much of the week ahead with heavy snowfall some days, lighter others. The deepest snow continues to be up on the glaciers, as you would expect. Although St Anton (110/320cm / 44/128") is also in the three-metre-plus base club, the only non-glacier Austrian resort that is. Despite the warm weekend most of the country's resorts are fully open thanks to the bases they've built up.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. Powder is reported at 26 resorts and 28 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 (26)Best piste conditions (28)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

35
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 17 cm
yesterday
17
6
15
light snow
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
500m 300m 350m 650m 700m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
50
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
yesterday
16
7
12
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
600m 150m 500m 1050m 750m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report yesterday

35
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
yesterday
14
9
9
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
700m 0m 0m 450m 900m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 2 days ago

Aflenz webcam
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 9 cm
yesterday
8
8
7
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
750m 400m 350m 550m 950m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
12
4
13
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 961 m
900m 350m 550m 1750m 1050m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report yesterday

Alpbachtal webcam
100
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
yesterday
12
8
11
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
650m 0m 550m 1100m 800m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 3 days ago

1 cm
3 days ago
4
9
6
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1140 m
950m 400m 400m 600m 950m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

15 cm
yesterday
23
5
14
moderate snow
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
600m 300m 400m 700m 950m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

20
10 cm
yesterday
20
5
20
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1178 m
800m 300m 500m 1750m 1000m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report yesterday

Annaberg webcam
50
20
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
yesterday
14
4
11
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
450m 250m 300m 500m 650m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
3 days ago
4
12
8
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1471 m
1150m 450m 450m 800m 950m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report yesterday

40
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 19 cm
yesterday
17
18
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1050m 150m 600m 800m 1100m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
15
9
13
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
650m 0m 550m 1200m 850m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report yesterday

Axamer Lizum webcam
105
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
yesterday
13
10
13
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
650m 0m 450m 800m 700m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report yesterday

120
20

Fresh

Fresh
11 cm
yesterday
14
11
13
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1655 m
800m 0m 450m 650m 700m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Bad Hofgastein webcam
160
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
yesterday
14
10
13
light snow
light snow
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1570 m
750m 0m 450m 700m 650m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
17
4
12
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 942 m
650m 300m 400m 900m 950m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report yesterday

90
20
Wet 17 cm
yesterday
1
11
7
light snow
snow showers
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
850m 0m 450m 550m 900m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

100
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
3 days ago
2
15
12
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1925 m
700m 150m 550m 600m 900m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

95
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 9 cm
yesterday
8
8
10
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
700m 0m 400m 650m 850m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report yesterday

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
40
30
Wet 7 cm
yesterday
17
6
12
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
400m 200m 500m 1100m 700m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

Biberwier webcam
50
30
Wet 6 cm
yesterday
15
6
11
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
500m 250m 500m 1100m 700m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

10 cm
yesterday
24
6
21
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1190 m
700m 250m 500m 1650m 900m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report yesterday

5
5
Artificial 12 cm
yesterday
14
14
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1050m 0m 650m 800m 1000m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report yesterday

90
Packed powder or groomed snow 14 cm
yesterday
21
9
19
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1478 m
600m 0m 400m 1400m 800m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
7
7
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 742 m
1050m 400m 550m 1750m 1050m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report yesterday

Brixen im Thale webcam
80
45
Fair
Varied
12 cm
yesterday
16
6
13
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
650m 250m 500m 1400m 900m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
330
Powder
Powder
22 cm
yesterday
22
8
14
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
600m 200m 300m 450m 750m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report yesterday

17 cm
yesterday
31
9
26
moderate snow
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
750m 150m 400m 1200m 750m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report yesterday

130
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 15 cm
yesterday
30
10
28
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1660 m
650m 150m 450m 1550m 850m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

180
120
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
yesterday
9
11
12
light snow
light snow
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1968 m
800m 0m 350m 700m 850m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report yesterday

100
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 15 cm
yesterday
33
9
28
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
700m 250m 500m 1550m 850m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

110
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
yesterday
19
7
15
moderate snow
light snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
600m 250m 400m 750m 550m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report yesterday

28 cm
yesterday
21
19
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
1000m 200m 600m 750m 1000m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 2 days ago

135
90
Packed powder or groomed snow 10 cm
yesterday
14
7
8
light snow
cloudy
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
700m 150m 200m 300m 900m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report yesterday

18 cm
yesterday
15
19
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
1050m 150m 650m 800m 1100m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report yesterday

10
5
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
yesterday
12
4
12
light snow
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
750m 350m 500m 1200m 950m