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 In Europe, heavy cloud and the potential for fresh snow fell on Monday 24th September, completely curtailing visibility in our Austrain and Italian resorts currently operational. There has been fresh snow in both South America and New Zealand, keeping slopes in great shape for the final weeks of the season.

Australia saw more typical late season conditions, though thanks to a fantastic winter many have postponed closing dates.


AUSTRIA Hintertux (0/75cm) was in thick cloud on Monday 24th September, with a likelihood of some fresh snow falling across the resort and the wider region. Resorts Dachstein, Kaprun, Kaunertal, Molltal, Pitztal, Solden and Stubai Glacier all currently closed, though are expected to begin winter operations in the coming weeks.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. 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

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(950m — 1780m)

11
7
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
2850m 2100m 1700m 1350m 700m

(950m — 1780m)

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
11
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1365 m
3150m 2450m 1950m 1400m 600m

(1127m — 1500m)

7
15
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1314 m
2450m 1500m 1250m 1050m 650m

(810m — 1810m)

Aflenz webcam
3
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1310 m
2100m 1250m 1000m 950m 650m

(721m — 1201m)

2
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 961 m
3300m 2800m 2000m 1600m 800m

(813m — 2025m)

Alpbachtal webcam
6
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1419 m
3100m 2350m 1900m 1500m 700m

(1000m — 1280m)

10
13
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
1850m 1150m 950m 900m 600m

(750m — 1750m)

9
9
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1250 m
2750m 1950m 1550m 1250m 650m

(655m — 1700m)

4
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1178 m
3300m 2800m 2000m 1550m 800m

(800m — 1333m)

Annaberg webcam
opens in 22 days
10
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1066 m
2800m 1950m 1650m 1350m 700m

(1349m — 1593m)

18
21
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1471 m
1750m 1150m 900m 900m 550m

(680m — 1600m)

16
2
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1140 m
2650m 1450m 1100m 850m 750m

(1310m — 1900m)

6
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1605 m
3100m 2350m 1900m 1500m 700m

(1560m — 2340m)

Axamer Lizum webcam
opens in 16 days
4
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1950 m
3150m 2500m 1900m 1600m 900m

(1080m — 2230m)

Bad Gastein webcam
16
14
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1655 m
2900m 1850m 1450m 1200m 850m

(840m — 2300m)

Bad Hofgastein webcam
14
12
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1570 m
2900m 1900m 1500m 1200m 850m

(470m — 1415m)

7
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 942 m
2800m 2150m 1650m 1250m 650m

(1001m — 2055m)

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
opens in 22 days
10
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1528 m
2600m 1450m 1100m 900m 750m

(1650m — 2200m)

8
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1925 m
2900m 1750m 1300m 1000m 800m

(1019m — 2231m)

5
4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
3200m 2400m 1700m 1500m 900m

(1075m — 1740m)

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
opens in 30 days
5
3
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1408 m
3250m 2550m 1950m 1550m 800m

(1000m — 1800m)

Biberwier webcam
5
3
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
3250m 2500m 1950m 1550m 750m

(681m — 1700m)

5
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1190 m
3300m 2750m 1950m 1550m 800m

(1030m — 1201m)

14
4
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
2400m 1300m 950m 800m 700m

(1037m — 1920m)

3
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1478 m
3300m 2700m 1900m 1600m 900m

(421m — 1064m)

1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 742 m
3300m 2800m 2050m 1600m 800m

(620m — 1957m)

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 23 days
6
5
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1288 m
3050m 2350m 1900m 1450m 700m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 17 days ago

Dachstein Glacier webcam
17
14
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1950 m
2750m 1750m 1500m 1250m 750m

(1000m — 2301m)

9
9
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
3300m 2600m 1800m 1550m 950m

(1311m — 2009m)

9
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1660 m
3300m 2750m 1900m 1600m 800m

(1410m — 2525m)

21
20
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 1968 m
3100m 2000m 1450m 1250m 1000m

(850m — 2060m)

10
8
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1455 m
3300m 2700m 1900m 1600m 800m

(800m — 2000m)

20
15
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
2900m 1950m 1650m 1350m 750m

(1367m — 2168m)

17
4
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1768 m
2600m 1450m 1050m 850m 750m

(990m — 2100m)

13
15
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1545 m
2550m 1550m 1300m 1100m 700m

(681m — 1551m)

16
2
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1116 m
2700m 1450m 1100m 900m 750m

(800m — 1600m)

11
7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1200 m
2900m 2200m 1750m 1250m 650m