Glacier Skiing in Austria – October 2023

The province of the Tyrol announced its warmest September on record and October 2023 has started in the same fashion.

There is little, if any, fresh snow on the glaciers at the beginning on October, although the Hintertux ski area is still open for business.

The glaciers above Sölden are also making preparations for the World Cup ski races at the end of the month, while over in Salzburg the Kitzsteinhorn is scheduled to open for skiers around the middle of the month.

Hintertux Glacier

Hintertux glacier
Hintertux glacier skiing

The glacier up at Hintertux is in summer skiing mode and, at the start of October, is reporting 10cm of snow and 11 lifts running.
Read more about the Hintertux glacier skiing

Sölden Glacier

Sölden glacier
Rettenbach glacier above Sölden

Both the Rettenbach glacier and Tiefenbach glacier above the ski resort of Sölden are closed at the time of writing, with preparations underway for the World Cup races towards the end of this month.
Read more about the Sölden glacier skiing

Stubai Glacier

Stubai Glacier
Skiing on the Stubai glacier

The Stubai glacier is currently carrying out work on the lift system and has announced that it will be open as soon as snow conditions permit.
Read more about the Stubai glacier skiing

Pitztal Glacier

Pitztal Glacier
Skiing on the Pitztal glacier

The Pitztal glacier currently has 10cm of snow with two lifts and two runs in operation.
Read more about the Pitztal glacier ski area

Kaunertal Glacier

Cafe 3440 on the Kaunertal glacier
Cafe 3440 on the Kaunertal glacier

The Kaunertal glacier is awaiting more snow before opening its ski area for autumn visitors.
Read more about the Kaunertal glacier

Other Austrian Glacier Skiing

The glacier ski areas at the Kitzsteinhorn in Salzburg and the Mölltal in Carinthia are all currently awaiting further snowfalls before they open their skiing for the season. The Kitzsteinhorn glacier skiing is provisionally scheduled to open in mid-October.

The Dachstein glacier top lift station is being rebuilt this winter. It appears that the area will only be open to the public over the Christmas period and in February, but it remains to be seen if this will include downhill skiing.