Resort Information for Schladming, Austria
Schladming is located in the wonderful Dachstein Mountains. The main ski area is made up of four linked mountains giving a total of 111km of piste with the region of Dachstein Tauern also encompassing a number of smaller areas including the Dacstein Galcier. The area provides some very diverse skiing and snowboarding from tree lined runs to the more challenging world cup downhill runs! Schladming is a large bustling town offering cafes, après ski bars and plenty of shopping.
Ski-buses serving Schladming and the surrounding ski-areas are free with a valid lift pass. Also plentiful local buses and a rail service from town to nearby resorts, Salzburg and farther afield. Four taxi firms.
In central Austria, in the mountainous Dachstein-Tauern region. 200 mls SW of Vienna. 60 mls E of Zell am See.
Nestled around a fork in the River Enns, at the foot of the Planai Mountain. One of several interlinked resorts strung along the Enns Valley and surrounded by the Dachstein-Tauern Mountains.
Dialling Code: 3687
59 mls SE of Salzburg
Beginners 2/5 , Intermediates 4/5
Experts 3/5, Snowboarders 3/5
The four main mountains of Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm are all interconnected by the lift system. With 170km of runs and 88 lifts, Schladming is one of the biggest ski centres in Austria.
The vast majority of trails on both mountains are intermediate level red runs down through the thick forests. It is good recreational skiing with some excellent mountain restaurants.
Beginners start off on the lifts from day one taking the Planai gondola up the mountain to the nursery area. A second option, after a few days in school, are the lower slopes of Hochwurzen, accessed by chair lift so no need to mess about on T Bar surface lifts.
Intermediates have the entire area to themselves with three quarter of all the runs above Schladming graded red, and two thirds of all in the Ski Paradise Area.
Experts have more limited choice but there are the two World Cup runs and the year round ski area of the Dachstein glacier, about 20 minutes away.
An increasingly popular destination for Snowboarders, the snowboard park on the Planai is one of three in the area, the other two are at Hoxhwurzen and there’ a Burton Superpark open almost year round on the Dachstein Glacier.
Aside from the fun parks the terrain mixes wide open piste with the possibility of back country tours, and then there’s also the glacier snowboarding options.
Total Kms of Piste. 173kms in the Dachstein Tauren with 111Km connected to Schladming
Piste Type No of Runs
Number of lifts: 81 (6 gondolas, 25 chairlifts and 50 drag lifts)
Snow cannons: yes
Longest run: 7.7Kms
Mountain Restaurants: 47
Cross Country: 150Kms
Snow Range: 745-2700 metres
Resort Height: 745m (2,444ft)
Schladming is a pleasant place in the evening, especially since the large main square was pedestrianised making it possible to completely relax as you stroll around shops and cafés in the early evening. One of the best of these is the Niederl in the middle of the square, which serves mouth-watering cakes.
A wide variety from inexpensive cafes and pizzerias to a la carte restaurants serving traditional and international cuisine. The local Schladming beer is not to be missed. A good choice of mountain huts and restaurants for lunch-time meals on the pistes.
Numerous shops including supermarkets, sports and fashion shops, exclusive designer boutiques, souvenirs/local handicrafts and hairdressers, mainly centred in and around the Hauptplatz. Colourful shopping centre is just off this street.