WEsaySchladming offers the keen intermediate a real sense of travelling around on the snow with its four linked mountains
Schladming’s slogan is 'Gemütlichkeit - The Magic of the Mountains'. In Austrian, Gemütlichkeit means coziness, which perfectly describes this tiny mountain village nestled in Austria’s Schladmin-Ramsau/Dachstein sports region of the Enns Valley. A large, classic Austrian, bustling village, Schladming dates back to Medieval times and has tremendous character. The pedestrianised centre of Schladming dates from 1322 and is a sheer delight. The ancient streets twinkle with fairy lights and are lined with cafés and bars. It's also a real town with wood yard, railway station and brewery with adjacent pub.
The most popular skiing is based around the four mountains closest to Schladming. These genuinely cater for all levels and abilities, from the novices on the nursery slopes of the Hochwurzen, through the intermediate on the tree lined pistes of Planai and Reiteralm, to the advanced mogul and powder bashers on the Hauser Kaibling mountain. There is also extensive skiing across the valley in the Ramsau region, which also provides easy access for the Dachstein Glacier and extensive cross-country skiing. Add half a dozen half-pipes and dedicated areas for the adventurous boarders and 5 other mountains to choose from little wonder Schladming is the ski paradise region! The excellent Schladming ski school meets at Rohrmoos and the Planai nursery areas are extremely well-ordered with several gentle blues. The lower slopes of Rohrmoos are equally suitable for novices.
There is a lively and cosmopolitan apres ski atmosphere with a wide variety of bars and discos. The vibrant nightlife makes Schladming a popular choice for those looking for a lively time but the bars and cafes become pleasantly busy rather than raucous. There's everything from modern music to relaxing, traditional beer cellars and tea dancing.
New for 2016/17
The old Burgstallalmbahn quad chair at the top of Planai is to be replaced by an eight-seater chair lift with greatly improved capacity and an impressive top speed.
New for 2013/14
The Gipfelbahn pulse gondola on Hochwurzen was replaced by a proper 10-seat gondola. There is a new panorama cable car at the Dachstein glacier. One of the cabins has a balcony for up to 10 passengers to ride in the open air. At the top is a cantilevered Sky Walk with a glass bottom.
New for 2012/13
The 2013 Alpine World Ski Championships were held here in February.
- Perfect for intermediate cruising
- Very sheltered slopes, among trees
- A wide choice of excellent mountain restaurants
- Charming town with friendly people