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 There has been some glorious sunny weather in Europe over the last couple of days, allowing for some great end of season skiing. The majority of open resorts are in France, with only a handful scattered around Italy, Switzerland in Austria.

Glacial resorts are the best option at the moment, with Tignes, Hintertux, Cervinia and Zermatt all offering good riding conditions.


AUSTRIA The vast majority of our featured Austrian resorts are now closed for the season. Glacial resorts such as Hintertux (165/395cm) offer some of the best skiing at present, where the snow up high was holding well on Thursday 19th April. Lower down, the slopes at the likes of Ischgl (0/130cm) have really deteriorated in the strong sun. The weather is expected to stay bright and sunny right through Friday. Saturday and Sunday may see a change, with clouds and storms predicted for many resorts.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 1resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 14 are reporting good piste conditions.

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A–D

E–F G–G H–J K–K L–M N–Q R–R S–S T–Z Best piste conditions (14)

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)

14
5
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1365 m
3300m 3050m 3050m 3300m 2600m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
12
3
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1365 m
3300m 3050m 3100m 3300m 2500m

(1127m — 1500m)

8
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1314 m
3300m 3150m 3050m 3300m 2800m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
3
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
moderate rain
Mid station 1310 m
3250m 3150m 3050m 3250m 3000m

(721m — 1201m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
heavy rain
Mid station 961 m
3250m 3050m 3200m 3250m 2450m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 2 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
12
4
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1419 m
3300m 3050m 3100m 3300m 2550m

(1000m — 1280m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
Mid station 1140 m
3250m 3150m 3100m 3300m 3100m

(750m — 1750m)

4
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1250 m
3250m 3050m 3000m 3250m 2600m

(655m — 1700m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1178 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3250m 2450m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1066 m
3300m 3050m 3050m 3300m 2600m

(1349m — 1593m)

5
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
Mid station 1471 m
3250m 3150m 3100m 3350m 3100m

(680m — 1600m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1140 m
3400m 3200m 3200m 3450m 3200m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 2 days ago

14
8
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1605 m
3300m 3050m 3100m 3300m 2550m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 2 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
23
18
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1950 m
3250m 3050m 3100m 3250m 2550m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 2 days ago

23
5
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1655 m
3300m 3100m 3150m 3300m 2750m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
20
5
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1570 m
3300m 3100m 3100m 3300m 2750m

(470m — 1415m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
heavy rain
Mid station 942 m
3250m 3050m 3000m 3250m 2600m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 2 days ago

9
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1528 m
3350m 3200m 3200m 3400m 3150m

(1650m — 2200m)

23
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1925 m
3350m 3200m 3200m 3400m 3000m

(1019m — 2231m)

12
4
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1625 m
3300m 3150m 3200m 3300m 2650m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
9
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
heavy rain
Mid station 1408 m
3250m 3050m 3150m 3250m 2500m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
10
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1400 m
3300m 3050m 3150m 3300m 2550m

(681m — 1700m)

partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1190 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3250m 2500m

(1030m — 1201m)

clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1116 m
3350m 3250m 3250m 3500m 3250m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 2 days ago

5
12
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1478 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3300m 2550m

(421m — 1064m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
heavy rain
Mid station 742 m
3250m 3050m 3200m 3250m 2400m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 14 days ago

Brixen im Thale webcam
95
30

Good
Spring
21 days ago
6
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
heavy rain
Mid station 1288 m
3250m 3050m 3100m 3300m 2550m

(1200m — 2701m)

Dachstein Glacier webcam
36
7
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1950 m
3300m 3100m 3050m 3300m 2700m

(1000m — 2301m)

10
15
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1650 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3300m 2600m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 2 days ago

13
13
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1660 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3300m 2500m

(1410m — 2525m)

30
8
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1968 m
3350m 3200m 3200m 3400m 2800m

(850m — 2060m)

6
12
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1455 m
3300m 3100m 3200m 3300m 2500m

(800m — 2000m)

18
7
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1400 m
3300m 3050m 3100m 3300m 2600m

(1367m — 2168m)

26
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
Mid station 1768 m
3350m 3200m 3200m 3450m 3200m

(990m — 2100m)

18
2
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
thunderstorm
heavy rain
Mid station 1545 m
3300m 3150m 3050m 3300m 2850m

(681m — 1551m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1116 m
3400m 3200m 3250m 3450m 3200m

(800m — 1600m)

partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1200 m
3300m 3050m 3000m 3250m 2550m