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 As we move deeper in to spring (indeed the start of meteorological summertime is only just over a fortnight away), and in to the latter half of May, a few more of the Northern Hemisphere's most stalwart ski areas have called it a day on the 18-19 ski season with another half dozen closing at the end of the ski day on Sunday. Yet around 30 areas do remain open on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Asia, and we actually have a newly opened Norwegian glacier which promptly reported about 50cm of fresh snowfall for its opening weekend.

It was not just Scandinavia that saw fresh snowfall though. Similar accumulations were reported on European glaciers and the Colorado Rockies were dumped on at the end of last week too.


AUSTRIA Two more Austrian glaciers, Molltal and Kaunertal, ended their long 2018-19 seasons last weekend. Molltal's season actually lasts almost 11 months, it having opened in June 2018, and it will re-open for its 11 month 2019-20 season next month on June 15th. It also ended its season on a snowy high with 15cm of fresh snowfall reported for its final Sunday of the season. Kaunertal couldn't open its snowpark for its final day after 50cm of snowfall but has decided to open for an extra week of training at the Nörderjoch until May 19th, 7am to 1pm daily. The two closures leave three glacier ski areas open in Austria: Stubai (30/660cm), Kitzsteinhorn (110/450cm) and year-round Hintertux (125/505cm). All three have had fresh snowfalls through the week ranging from a total of 10cm at Hintertux to over a foot (36cm) at the Stubai, which reported another 2cm this morning.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 317 resorts. Powder is reported at 2 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 powder (2)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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 5 days ago

9 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1365 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2550m 2900m

(950m — 1780m)

snow report 5 days ago

Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
8 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1365 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2650m 2900m

(1127m — 1500m)

snow report 5 days ago

5 cm
5 days ago
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1314 m
2550m 2450m 2650m 2600m 2800m

(810m — 1810m)

snow report 7 days ago

Aflenz webcam
1 cm
7 days ago
thunderstorm
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1310 m
2550m 2500m 2700m 2700m 2800m

(721m — 1201m)

snow report 15 days ago

8 cm
15 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 961 m
2500m 2350m 2500m 2800m 2850m

(813m — 2025m)

snow report 5 days ago

Alpbachtal webcam
opens in 200 days 5 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1419 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2650m 2900m

(1000m — 1280m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
thunderstorm
light rain
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1140 m
2600m 2500m 2800m 2750m 2800m

(750m — 1750m)

snow report 5 days ago

8 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1250 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2500m 2850m

(655m — 1700m)

snow report 8 days ago

6 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1178 m
2500m 2350m 2500m 2800m 2850m

(800m — 1333m)

snow report 5 days ago

Annaberg webcam
6 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1066 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2550m 2900m

(1349m — 1593m)

snow report 4 days ago

11 cm
4 days ago
thunderstorm
moderate rain
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1471 m
2650m 2550m 2800m 2750m 2800m

(680m — 1600m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1140 m
2400m 2550m 2800m 2800m 2950m

(1310m — 1900m)

snow report 5 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1605 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2650m 2900m

(1560m — 2340m)

snow report 5 days ago

Axamer Lizum webcam
4 cm
5 days ago
4
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1950 m
2450m 2450m 2600m 2750m 2900m

(1080m — 2230m)

snow report 4 days ago

Bad Gastein webcam
9 cm
4 days ago
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1655 m
2500m 2450m 2650m 2650m 2900m

(840m — 2300m)

snow report 5 days ago

Bad Hofgastein webcam
8 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1570 m
2500m 2450m 2650m 2650m 2900m

(470m — 1415m)

snow report 5 days ago

4 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 942 m
2600m 2450m 2500m 2500m 2900m

(1001m — 2055m)

snow report 4 days ago

Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
6 cm
4 days ago
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1528 m
2450m 2550m 2750m 2800m 2900m

(1650m — 2200m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
2
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1925 m
2400m 2500m 2750m 2800m 2950m

(1019m — 2231m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 195 days 3 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2450m 2500m 2600m 2750m 3000m

(1075m — 1740m)

snow report 5 days ago

Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
3 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1408 m
2500m 2400m 2550m 2700m 2900m

(1000m — 1800m)

snow report 5 days ago

Biberwier webcam
4 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1400 m
2500m 2400m 2550m 2700m 2900m

(681m — 1700m)

snow report 8 days ago

7 cm
8 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1190 m
2500m 2350m 2500m 2800m 2900m

(1030m — 1201m)

snow report 5 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1116 m
2450m 2600m 2850m 2800m 2900m

(1037m — 1920m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 200 days 1 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1478 m
2400m 2350m 2550m 2800m 2900m

(421m — 1064m)

snow report 15 days ago

4 cm
15 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 742 m
2500m 2350m 2500m 2800m 2850m

(620m — 1957m)

snow report 5 days ago

Brixen im Thale webcam
opens in 201 days 3 cm
5 days ago
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1288 m
2550m 2450m 2550m 2650m 2950m

(1200m — 2701m)

snow report 5 days ago

13 cm
5 days ago
5
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1950 m
2500m 2400m 2550m 2600m 2850m

(1000m — 2301m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
2450m 2350m 2550m 2750m 2900m

(1311m — 2009m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 1660 m
2450m 2350m 2550m 2800m 2900m

(1410m — 2525m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 201 days 2 cm
3 days ago
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1968 m
2450m 2550m 2700m 2700m 3050m

(850m — 2060m)

snow report 5 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 1455 m
2500m 2350m 2550m 2750m 2900m

(800m — 2000m)

snow report 4 days ago

13 cm
4 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
clear
Mid station 1400 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 2600m 2900m

(1367m — 2168m)

snow report 5 days ago

6 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1768 m
2450m 2600m 2800m 2800m 2950m

(990m — 2100m)

snow report 5 days ago

opens in 193 days 7 cm
5 days ago
thunderstorm
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1545 m
2550m 2450m 2600m 2650m 2850m

(681m — 1551m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1116 m
2400m 2550m 2800m 2800m 2950m

(800m — 1600m)

snow report 5 days ago

9 cm
5 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1200 m
2600m 2450m 2500m 2550m 2900m