Austrian Ski Resort Opening Dates

It may be an Indian summer in many European countries but the skiing in Austria goes through the summer on one of the glaciers. And other high ski resorts are making the final preparations for the end of September or October.

But for the main winter season is still a few months away with the Austrian government announcing strict precautions about the virus for ski resorts. However it looks like the winter ski season will be going ahead so 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 18, 2021.

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Skiing at Hochsölden in Austria
Skiing at Hochsölden in Austria

One of Sölden’s glacier is already open 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 23th and the men’s on the 24th of the month.

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St Anton

St Anton am Arlberg ski area
St Anton am Arlberg

St Anton has its opening weekend scheduled for 03 December this year.

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Skiing above Ischgl
The ski slopes above Ischgl

Ischgl starts out this season on 25 November.

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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 18 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 middle of October, given good snow conditions.

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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.