The heavy snowfall, which began over Austria just prior to the New Year, has finally eased off, leading into a short period of calmer conditions and bright sunshine. Most recently over the weekend, primarily beginning on Saturday evening up to 100cm of fresh snow fell, most heavily the Voralberg and the Tyrol, although much of the rest of the ski regions within Austria also saw moderate to heavy snowfall as well. This was coupled with heavy winds, high to extreme avalanche risk and other disruption, resulting in widespread resort closures, alongside somewhat impaired transportation links in some instances, an issue that persisted into Monday 14th.
Tuesday 15th saw bluebird conditions across the country, staying cool on Tuesday before seeing warmer conditions on Wednesday. While many resorts were able to open a wider range of their terrain, many connections between resorts, as well as glacial resorts were either partly or completed closed still due to avalanche risk, including Hintertux, Kaunertal, much of the Arlberg region and the links between the Skicircus area.
For those areas that are open, conditions on piste will be almost as good as it can get, with plenty of freshly groomed snow giving packed powder conditions in many areas. Off piste terrain is still a risky venture given the quantity of snow that came down – always consider the safety warnings displayed in resort. A new storm is expected to deliver fresh, although far more limited snowfall for much of Austria from Thursday onwards.