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                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

                Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Austria. Fresh snow is forecast at 31 resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

                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)
                Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

                (950m — 1780m)

                snow report today

                opens in 217 days 2 cm
                today
                6
                1
                6
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1365 m
                1650m 1550m 1700m 1550m 1400m

                (950m — 1780m)

                snow report today

                Achenkirch am Achensee webcam
                opens in 202 days 2 cm
                today
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1365 m
                2000m 1800m 1750m 1700m 1450m

                (1127m — 1500m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 217 days 2 cm
                10 days ago
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1314 m
                2000m 1800m 1800m 1600m 1400m

                (810m — 1810m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                opens in 217 days 2 cm
                10 days ago
                rain showers
                light rain
                cloudy
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1310 m
                2200m 2000m 2000m 1750m 1600m

                (721m — 1201m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                opens in 210 days 4 cm
                8 days ago
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                light rain
                heavy rain
                Mid station 961 m
                1850m 1750m 1650m 1550m 1500m

                (813m — 2025m)

                snow report today

                Alpbachtal webcam
                1 cm
                today
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1419 m
                2000m 1800m 1800m 1600m 1400m

                (1000m — 1280m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                2 cm
                9 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                cloudy
                rain showers
                light rain
                Mid station 1140 m
                2100m 1950m 1950m 1800m 1600m

                (750m — 1750m)

                snow report today

                3 cm
                today
                2
                1
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1250 m
                1600m 1650m 1800m 1550m 1400m

                (655m — 1700m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                opens in 217 days 5 cm
                8 days ago
                1
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                Mid station 1178 m
                1900m 1750m 1650m 1550m 1500m

                (800m — 1333m)

                snow report 7 days ago

                Annaberg webcam
                opens in 207 days 3 cm
                7 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1066 m
                1650m 1550m 1750m 1500m 1400m

                (1349m — 1593m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                3 cm
                8 days ago
                2
                2
                light rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1471 m
                2100m 1900m 2000m 1800m 1550m

                (680m — 1600m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                opens in 210 days 8 cm
                9 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                thunderstorm
                Mid station 1140 m
                2050m 2200m 1850m 1900m 1700m

                (1310m — 1900m)

                snow report today

                5 cm
                today
                8
                2
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1605 m
                1950m 1800m 1800m 1650m 1400m

                (1560m — 2340m)

                snow report today

                Axamer Lizum webcam
                opens in 202 days 7 cm
                today
                13
                7
                9
                light rain
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1950 m
                2100m 1900m 1850m 1500m 1400m

                (1080m — 2230m)

                snow report today

                opens in 217 days 8 cm
                today
                4
                3
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light snow
                light rain
                Mid station 1655 m
                2050m 1950m 1550m 1350m 1250m

                (840m — 2300m)

                snow report 3 days ago

                Bad Hofgastein webcam
                opens in 196 days 4 cm
                3 days ago
                4
                2
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1570 m
                2050m 1900m 1600m 1350m 1300m

                (470m — 1415m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                2 cm
                9 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 942 m
                1600m 1650m 1750m 1550m 1400m

                (1001m — 2055m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                Bad Kleinkirchheim webcam
                opens in 203 days 17 cm
                8 days ago
                5
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                light snow
                Mid station 1528 m
                2050m 2100m 1900m 1750m 1700m

                (1650m — 2200m)

                snow report today

                opens in 217 days 9 cm
                today
                8
                10
                4
                light snow
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1925 m
                2000m 2150m 1800m 1550m 1500m

                (1019m — 2231m)

                snow report today

                opens in 203 days 2 cm
                today
                3
                2
                light rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1625 m
                2100m 2000m 1900m 1600m 1400m

                (1075m — 1740m)

                snow report 3 days ago

                Berwang-Bichlbach-Rinnen webcam
                2 cm
                3 days ago
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                Mid station 1408 m
                2000m 1800m 1700m 1600m 1500m

                (1000m — 1800m)

                snow report today

                Biberwier webcam
                opens in 217 days 1 cm
                today
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                Mid station 1400 m
                2050m 1850m 1750m 1650m 1500m

                (681m — 1700m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                5 cm
                8 days ago
                1
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                Mid station 1190 m
                1950m 1750m 1650m 1550m 1500m

                (1030m — 1201m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                opens in 217 days 7 cm
                9 days ago
                rain showers
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                thunderstorm
                Mid station 1116 m
                2100m 2200m 1850m 1950m 1850m

                (1037m — 1920m)

                snow report 3 days ago

                opens in 203 days 11 cm
                3 days ago
                5
                6
                3
                light rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                light rain
                light snow
                Mid station 1478 m
                2050m 1800m 1700m 1550m 1550m

                (421m — 1064m)

                snow report 13 days ago

                opens in 224 days 4 cm
                13 days ago
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                light rain
                heavy rain
                Mid station 742 m
                1800m 1700m 1650m 1500m 1500m

                (620m — 1957m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                Brixen im Thale webcam
                2 cm
                8 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1288 m
                1900m 1800m 1750m 1650m 1400m

                (1200m — 2701m)

                snow report today

                Dachstein Glacier webcam
                350
                Powder
                Powder
                8 cm
                today
                13
                7
                11
                light snow
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1950 m
                1750m 1700m 1750m 1500m 1450m

                (1000m — 2301m)

                snow report today

                4 cm
                today
                9
                11
                6
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1650 m
                2100m 1850m 1650m 1600m 1400m

                (1311m — 2009m)

                snow report today

                3 cm
                today
                10
                13
                6
                light rain
                moderate rain
                snow showers
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1660 m
                2000m 1750m 1650m 1550m 1500m

                (1410m — 2525m)

                snow report today

                opens in 203 days 12 cm
                today
                9
                6
                8
                light snow
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1968 m
                2150m 2100m 1600m 1350m 1150m

                (850m — 2060m)

                snow report 3 days ago

                8 cm
                3 days ago
                4
                14
                3
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1455 m
                1950m 1750m 1700m 1600m 1450m

                (800m — 2000m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                opens in 202 days 5 cm
                8 days ago
                1
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1400 m
                1900m 1700m 1750m 1600m 1350m

                (1367m — 2168m)

                snow report today

                4 cm
                today
                11
                9
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                Mid station 1768 m
                2050m 2200m 1900m 1900m 1800m

                (990m — 2100m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                7 cm
                2 days ago
                2
                1
                1
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1545 m
                1950m 1850m 1750m 1550m 1400m

                (681m — 1551m)

                snow report 9 days ago

                Dreilaendereck webcam
                7 cm
                9 days ago
                light rain
                light rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                thunderstorm
                Mid station 1116 m
                2050m 2200m 1850m 1900m 1700m

                (800m — 1600m)

                snow report 7 days ago

                opens in 217 days 3 cm
                7 days ago
                rain showers
                light rain
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 1200 m
                1700m 1550m 1700m 1600m 1500m