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 REPORT Austria continues to dominate in terms of ski areas open at present, more than anywhere else in the world. There are eight glacier areas already open to choose from, although at the time of writing the Dachstein was only offering cross-country ski terrain. The Molltal glacier (0/50cm / 0/230") was the latest to (re) open, initially with just one run available.

Elsewhere, there's a focus on terrain parks opening and Solden (7/80cm / 3/32") is gearing up to host the first World Cup races of 21-22 this coming weekend. It also now has more than 25km of terrain open. That's slightly more than the Stubai glacier (0/30cm / 0/12") which has 23km of runs open but less than Hintertux (0/105cm / 0/42"), which is up to 35km (22 miles), the most in the Northern Hemisphere and the world come next Monday when current world number one New Zealand's Mt Hutt is due to close. Austria's highest slopes on the Pitztal (5/60cm / 2/24") as well as Kaunertal (27/65cm / 11/26") and the Kitzsteinhorn (0/85cm / 0/34") remain open. As to conditions, it has been largely dry. But in the middle of last week, fresh snowfall did briefly turn valleys white all the way down to the resort base in areas like the Arlberg.

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 2 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 piste conditions (2)

Ski resorts in Austria from A to D

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

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0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
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Mid station 1365 m
2250m 3550m 3000m 2850m 3250m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 14 days ago

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
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Mid station 1365 m
2350m 3450m 2750m 2700m 3250m

(1127m — 1500m)

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Mid station 1314 m
2200m 3550m 3250m 3150m 3300m

(810m — 1810m)

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Mid station 1310 m
2400m 3550m 3350m 3250m 3350m

(721m — 1201m)

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Mid station 961 m
2550m 3350m 2700m 2500m 3000m

(813m — 2025m)

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Alpbachtal webcam
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Mid station 1419 m
2250m 3400m 2650m 2650m 3150m

(1000m — 1280m)

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1140 m
2350m 3550m 3300m 3250m 3350m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report 13 days ago

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1250 m
2200m 3600m 3150m 2900m 3250m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1178 m
2550m 3400m 2650m 2500m 3050m

(800m — 1333m)

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Annaberg webcam
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Mid station 1066 m
2200m 3550m 3000m 2850m 3200m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1471 m
2350m 3550m 3400m 3250m 3300m

(680m — 1600m)

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Mid station 1140 m
2400m 3300m 2550m 2500m 2800m

(1310m — 1900m)

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1605 m
2300m 3400m 2650m 2700m 3200m

(1560m — 2340m)

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Axamer Lizum webcam
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14 days ago
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Mid station 1950 m
2300m 3400m 2250m 2150m 2750m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 13 days ago

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1655 m
2100m 3450m 2350m 2200m 3150m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 13 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
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Mid station 1570 m
2150m 3450m 2400m 2250m 3150m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 13 days ago

2 cm
13 days ago
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Mid station 942 m
2300m 3600m 3150m 2900m 3250m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 20 days ago

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
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20 days ago
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Mid station 1528 m
2300m 3350m 2450m 2350m 2900m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report 20 days ago

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20 days ago
2
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Mid station 1925 m
2300m 3300m 2200m 2100m 2500m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1625 m
2300m 3350m 2100m 1950m 2500m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report 14 days ago

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 52 days 8 cm
14 days ago
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Mid station 1408 m
2400m 3400m 2650m 2500m 3050m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report 14 days ago

Biberwier webcam
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14 days ago
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Mid station 1400 m
2400m 3400m 2600m 2500m 3050m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 14 days ago

1 cm
14 days ago
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Mid station 1190 m
2550m 3400m 2650m 2500m 3050m

(1030m — 1201m)

opens in 52 days
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Mid station 1116 m
2450m 3350m 2700m 2700m 3000m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1478 m
2550m 3350m 2500m 2350m 2950m

(421m — 1064m)

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Mid station 742 m
2600m 3350m 2700m 2450m 3000m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 13 days ago

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 42 days 11 cm
13 days ago
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Mid station 1288 m
2300m 3450m 2800m 2750m 3200m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report yesterday

Dachstein Glacier webcam
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
5 days ago
4
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Mid station 1950 m
2100m 3500m 2950m 2800m 3300m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report 14 days ago

10 cm
14 days ago
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Mid station 1650 m
2550m 3300m 2450m 2350m 2900m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1660 m
2550m 3350m 2600m 2450m 3050m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1968 m
2200m 3350m 2050m 2000m 2450m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report 14 days ago

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14 days ago
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Mid station 1455 m
2550m 3400m 2600m 2450m 3050m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 13 days ago

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1400 m
2150m 3500m 2650m 2550m 3150m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report 20 days ago

13 cm
20 days ago
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Mid station 1768 m
2400m 3350m 2600m 2550m 2850m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 6 days ago

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6 days ago
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Mid station 1545 m
2100m 3500m 3100m 2800m 3350m

(681m — 1551m)

Dreilaendereck webcam
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Mid station 1116 m
2400m 3300m 2550m 2500m 2750m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report 13 days ago

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13 days ago
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Mid station 1200 m
2300m 3600m 3050m 2850m 3200m