Blog
Categories
© Tirol Werbung / Rodler Ilvy
Food & Drink
© Tirol Werbung / Hörterer Lisa
Companies
© Bert Heinzelmeier
People
© Tirol Werbung / Schreyer David
Architecture
© Tirol Werbung / Aichner Bernhard
Arts & Culture
© Tirol Werbung / Moore Casey
Recommendations
© Tirol Werbung / Haindl Ramon
Feel Good
© Tirol Werbung / Webhofer Mario
Nature
© Tirol Werbung / Herbig Hans
Family
© Tirol Werbung / Schwarz Jens
Bits & Pieces
© Tirol Werbung / Neusser Peter
Sports
Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures, Defereggen, East Tirol, Austria, Europe
Specials

Top Ten Places for a White Christmas in Tirol

Updated on 10.12.2018 in Recommendations
I’m sure plenty of you are thinking about where to spend Christmas this year. In most cases it will be with your family, of course. And for many – if possible – in snowy surroundings. The team at the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), Austria’s official weather service, have done the maths and worked out for us where in Tirol where you are most likely to enjoy a white Christmas.

Hochfilzen in Pillerseetal Valley, 960m

When it comes to seasonal averages (1988/89 – 2017/2018), Hochfilzen enjoys 635 centimetres of snow per year. This makes it the number one spot on our list for those in search of a white Christmas. The average maximum snow depth over the last 30 years has been an incredible 121 centimetres, making Hochfilzen the snowiest inhabited place anywhere in Tirol. On average Hochfilzen has 140 days per winter with snow on the ground.

Probability of a white Christmas: 93%

Snowshoeing in Hochfilzen, Pillerseetal Valley. (Photo: Tirol Werbung)Snowshoeing in Hochfilzen, Pillerseetal Valley. (Photo: Tirol Werbung)

Galtür in Paznaun Valley, 1,590m

Galtür at the end of Paznaun Valley in Tirol’s westernmost corner has an average of 169 days of snow a year. In fact, since 1991 Galtür has had snow on the ground every Christmas (except in 2014).

Chances of building a snowman on Christmas Day: 90%

Galtür, all covered in white. (Photo Credit: TVB Paznaun – Ischgl/Silvapark Galtür)Galtür, all covered in white. (Photo Credit: TVB Paznaun – Ischgl/Silvapark Galtür)

Leutasch near Seefeld, 1,135m

Since 1991 there has been snow on Christmas Day in Leutasch almost 100% of the time. Between 1988/89 and 2017/18 Leutasch had an average of 162 days per winter with snow on the ground. That all means that the chances are good that come Christmas this chocolate-box village will look like something you might find in a snow globe.

White Christmas index: 90%

Obertilliach, 1,400m

An average of 367 centimetres of snow is par for the course each winter based on the average from 1988/89 to 2017/18, with the average maximum snow depth during the last 30 years lying at a more than respectable 83 centimetres. On average there are 140 days a year when snow is on the ground. In a nutshell, Obertilliach offers a really good chance of a white Christmas.

Likelihood of snow on 25.12.: 90%

Obergurgl, 1,940m

Obergurgl is perched high in the Alps at the end of the Ötztal Valley. Average snowfall between 1895 and 1991 show it to be among the top five snowiest places in Tirol. Thanks to its high altitude, the chances of enjoying a white Christmas here are good. The average snow depth at Christmas is 48cm.

Chances of making a snow angel on 25.12.: 93%

St. Anton am Arlberg, 1.300 m

St. Anton calls itself the “Birthplace of Alpine Skiing” – and rightfully so. This resort in the heart of the Arlberg region is one of Austria’s prime spots for heavy snowfall. In the town’s history between 1895 and 1992, St. Anton boasted an average of more than 100 centimetres of snow per year. Its altitude and location on the eastern side of the Arlberg Mountains make St. Anton among Tirol’s best bets if you are looking for a white Christmas.

Chances of a white Christmas: 90%

The local heritage museum in picture-perfect St. Anton am Arlberg. (Photo Credit: Wolfgang Burger)The local heritage museum in picture-perfect St. Anton am Arlberg. (Photo Credit: Wolfgang Burger)

Achenkirch, 916m

In Achenkirch there is an average 122 days a year when snow is on the ground. The average maximum snow depth over last 30 years (1983/84 – 2017/18) has been 70 centimetres. Located on the shores of Lake Achensee, this is a really picturesque place to spend a snowy Christmas.

Probability of a snowball fight on Christmas Day: 83%

Cross-country skiers near Lake Achensee. (Photo Credit: Tirol Werbung)Cross-country skiers near Lake Achensee. (Photo Credit: Tirol Werbung)

Hinterhornbach in Lechtal Valley, 1,100m

In the 30 winters between 1988/89 and 2017/18 there were an average of 137 days per year with snow on the ground. The average maximum snow depth during the same period was 96cm. That means there is a high probability of snow at Christmas.

Fingers-crossed-for-snow index: 90%

Winter hikers in the Lechtal Valley. (Photo Credit: Eisenschink)Winter hikers in the Lechtal Valley. (Photo Credit: Eisenschink)

Tannheim, 1,110m

Over the last 30 years (1988/89 – 2017/2018) Tannheim has had about 75 centimetres of snow per year and an average of 133 days with snow on the ground. There’s a good chance you’ll need to pull on your snow boots on Christmas Day!

Probability of a white Christmas: 90%

Walking in a winter wonderland in the Tannheimer Tal Valley. (Photo Credit: TVB Tannheimer Tal)Walking in a winter wonderland in the Tannheimer Tal Valley. (Photo Credit: TVB Tannheimer Tal)

Innsbruck, 578m

Based on snow statistics from the years 1988 to 2017, there are pretty decent chances of enjoying a white Christmas in the regional capital Innsbruck. Obviously the city is located much lower than the rest of the places on this list. Still, Innsbruck holds the record as Austria’s snowiest regional capital. The snowiest Christmas Day in recorded history occurred in 1961 with a total of 96 centimetres of snow.

Chances of a snow-dusted Golden Roof: 50%

Innsbruck looks gorgeous blanketed in white. (Photo Credit: Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner)Innsbruck looks gorgeous blanketed in white. (Photo Credit: Tirol Werbung/Bernhard Aichner)

Sources and More Information:

When he is not working, Michael Gams is out exploring this beautiful country, hiking, mountain biking, freeriding and ski touring to the most beautiful spots in Tirol.

Last article from Michael
Kufsteinerland, Erl, Hotel Blaue Quelle, Fisch
Updated on 17.03.2021 in Food & Drink
Five taverns with homegrown produce
3 min reading time
stubaier-gletscher-3s_03
Updated on 16.03.2021 in Bits & Pieces
Bye Bye T-Bar, Hello Tri-Cable Gondola.
4 min reading time
Axamer Lizum
Updated on 09.02.2021 in Sports
How to Be a Better Skier: 9 Ways to Improve Your Skiing
10 min reading time
The record breaking 406 meter long suspension footbridge connects remarkable Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble with the remains of the 17th-century Roman Fortress Claudia in the market town of Reutte at a dizzying height of 110 meters. (Photography: Naturparkregion Reutte)
Updated on 29.10.2020 in Recommendations
21 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Tirol
2 min reading time
Scheffau/Kaisergebirge/Wilder Kaiser, Hintersteiner See
Updated on 14.12.2018 in Nature
Five Hikes for Water Lovers
2 min reading time
Florentine_Fuerst@Sonnenaufgangswanderung_Itter_-_Kitzbueheler_Alpen
Updated on 31.10.2018 in Recommendations
11 Perfect Shots: Sunrise in the Mountains
4 min reading time
Schloss Tratzberg (c) W9 Studios, Tirol Werbung
Updated on 22.10.2018 in Arts & Culture
Discover the Myths and Legends of Tratzberg Castle
3 min reading time
DSC03276 (2014_07_24 17_33_49 UTC)
Updated on 01.10.2018 in Recommendations
I am Off. To Vent, the Mountaineering Village
4 min reading time
Ramolhaus
Updated on 14.08.2018 in Architecture
Five Alpine Association Huts for Architecture Lovers
4 min reading time
Portrait Vreni Meijerink (c) Bert Heinzlmeier
Updated on 31.07.2018 in People
One of 757 thousand: How Vreni from Holland came to Tirol
6 min reading time
Maeusebussard-1500px-1024×683
Updated on 27.06.2018 in Nature
Out in the Wild. Wildlife Photography Stories from the Field
7 min reading time
Great Trails_Soelden_Leiterberg
Updated on 19.05.2018 in Sports
Five Epic Singletrack Trails
3 min reading time
Bernhard Neumann_Olperer_Gipfelgrat
Updated on 09.05.2018 in People
Summit Stories: Bernhard Neumann and Olperer Mountain
9 min reading time
Ötztal, Niederthai, Le Miracle, Niederthai
Updated on 08.05.2018 in Sports
Five Climbing Routes for Total Rock Jocks
4 min reading time
Updated on 04.04.2018 in Family
Five Family Adventures
3 min reading time
Kilian Scheiber_Wildspitze Portrait
Updated on 12.03.2018 in People
Summit Stories: Kilian Scheiber and Wildspitze Mountain
10 min reading time
St. Anton am Arlberg_Galzigbahn
Updated on 20.02.2018 in Recommendations
A Day In The Snow: Skiing St. Anton.
11 min reading time
Updated on 04.12.2017 in Family
Winter holiday through a photographer’s lens
1 min reading time
Photo Credit: Tirol Werbung/Peter Neusser
Updated on 05.07.2017 in Sports
10 Reasons Why You Should Try Canyoning
3 min reading time
Stunning views of Venet Massif, ringed by Swiss stone pine forest. (Photo Credit: Eva Thöni)
Updated on 04.07.2017 in Sports
The Best Fall Hikes in Tirol
7 min reading time
Portrait_Sara_(c) Carlos Blanchard_S34B5610
Updated on 03.07.2017 in People
One Out of 757 Thousand: How Sara came to Tirol from Sweden
9 min reading time
Bergfuehrer_Matthias Wurzer_Gipfel Großglockner (c) Tirol Werbung_Jens Schwarz
Updated on 28.06.2017 in People
Summit Stories: Matthias Wurzer and Großglockner Mountain
9 min reading time
Left behind the snowcapped spire is our destination: The Summit of Großvenediger.
Updated on 27.06.2017 in People
Summit Stories: Sigi Hatzer and Großvenediger Mountain
9 min reading time
Left behind the snowcapped spire is our destination: The Summit of Großvenediger.
Updated on 27.06.2017 in People
New Blog Series: Mountain Guide Summit Stories
5 min reading time
Ort:
Updated on 20.03.2017 in Family
The ABC’s of Skiing With Kids
6 min reading time
Skigebiet Alpbach in Tirol
Updated on 20.02.2017 in Recommendations
A Day In The Snow: Skiing in Alpbach
10 min reading time
Biathlon Schnuppern 1
Updated on 19.01.2017 in Sports
Why Biathlon is Worth a Shot: Biathlon Clinics for Beginners
4 min reading time
Free Your Heel, Free Your Mind: Telemark Pro Marc Künkele in Hintertux. (Photo Credit: Martin Rainer)
Updated on 05.12.2016 in Sports
Tele-Ho: Learning To Free Your Heel
8 min reading time
DSC_0055
Updated on 01.06.2016 in Sports
What to Bring: The Ultimate Multi-Day Hiking Packing List
3 min reading time
Oscar kocht Innsbruck_Titelbild_1280px
Updated on 07.04.2016 in People
One out of 757 thousand: How Oscar came to Tirol from Mexico
7 min reading time
Beckna Harakiri schmal
Updated on 21.03.2016 in Recommendations
A Day In The Snow: Snowboarding in Mayrhofen
8 min reading time
Figl
Updated on 17.02.2016 in Sports
Figl – That’s the Answer
4 min reading time
2013-2014 saw the severest winter of the century so far: Obertilliach, East Tirol.
Updated on 21.12.2015 in Nature
Where is Tirol’s Snowiest Place of the Past 30 Years?
3 min reading time
1_Skifahren in Ischgl_Pardatschgrat
Updated on 02.12.2015 in Recommendations
A Day In The Snow: Skiing Ischgl
5 min reading time
All articles from Michael
No comments available
Write comment

Keep reading

Go up
Is your inbox in need of a holiday?

Then subscribe to our weekly newsletter full of exclusive holiday tips from Tirol!