The winter season has well as truly begun in Austria - most resorts are cloudy, were expecting snow at some point during Thursday 14th December if they were not snowing already. Alongside this low cloud came reduced visibility, though luckily neither the high winds that bought lift closures or bitterly cold temperatures of previous weeks. This has allowed large connected ski areas like Skiwelt to operate 56 lifts, and Arlberg 60.
Among the resorts seeing promising snowfall is the Arlberg ski area, including Lech
/ Zurs (80/120cm) where snow was falling heavily by the morning of the 14th December. Similarly, poor visibility and windy snowfalls have enveloped many resorts in the Salzburg region along the German border such as Maria Alm
(40/100cm). Even across those resorts which have not seen snow today, excellent riding conditions abound, with even the oldest snow often only being two or three days old and far less significantly windblown than the snow earlier this week.
Further south, in and around resorts such as Obergurgl
(78/195cm) on the Italian border, there are more varied conditions with lighter cloud and sun still prevailing. Similarly, the resorts further east, towards the centre of the country are also experiencing less extreme weather.
Furthermore, these conditions, already having been in place for the last week show no signs of abating. Temperatures are forecast to drop once again over the weekend, with ongoing light snowfall possible. This is expected to increase in intensity once again on Monday 18th December with the arrival of yet another storm