Ski Resort Opening Dates 2020

It may be an Indian summer in many European countries but some glacier ski areas never stopped running. And others are making the final preparations for the end of September or October.

But for the main winter season is still a few months away. And, of course, everything is going to be different once the main resorts are open, with all of the ski providers taking extra precautions about the virus. This means that most of the traditional ‘opening festivities’ will be cancelled. Nevertheless here’s a quick rundown of some of the main resorts in Austria and when they open.


Hochgurgl high in the Austrian Tyrol
Hochgurgl high in the Austrian Tyrol

Obergurgl kicks off the season as one of the first non-glacier resorts to start up from November 19, 2020.

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Skiing at Hochsölden in Austria
Skiing at Hochsölden in Austria

Sölden’s glaciers open around the end of September but the winter season proper starts with the World Cup ski racing event in October on the Rettenbach glacier. The women’s giant slalom is on the 17th and the men’s on the 18th of the month. Both events will however not be open to the public and only seen on TV…

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St Anton

St Anton am Arlberg ski area
St Anton am Arlberg

St Anton has its opening weekend scheduled for 04 December this year. The usual ski test programme and concerts have been cancelled.

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Skiing above Ischgl
The ski slopes above Ischgl

Ischgl starts out this season on November 26. The usual Top of the Mountain Opening Concert has been cancelled.

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Obertauern Austria
The ski lifts above Obertauern

Moving on we travel over to the province of Salzburg and its own high-level resort. Obertauern kicks off the season on 19 November.

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Kaprun Austria
The Kitzsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun

The Zell am See / Kaprun ski area has the advantage of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier which opens in the first week of October, given good snow conditions.

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We’ve only picked a few of the higher or more well-known resorts out – but many others have their own parties, concerts and festivals to set off the season.

So, if you fancy a few days at the beginning of the season, check out the flights into Innsbruck or Salzburg and enjoy the start of the season with the locals.