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Schladming - Ski Resort in Dachstein-Tauern, Austrian Alps - 170km of Piste (750m to 1900m)
Schladming was made a town in 1322 and its town square was pedestrianised 672 years later. A World Cup Downhill was first staged here in 1973 and the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982. The ski area now links four mountains in the 'Schladming-4-Mountain-Swing' and the larger area includes nine mountains.
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The Austrian ski resort of Schladming is part of the Dachstein-Tauern ski area with access to 41 individual pistes. In addition to the skiing in Schladming itself (170km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dachstein-Tauern ski resort of Ramsau am Dachstein. Schladming is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Ramsau am Dachstein.
Snowmaking :- Schladming is able to augment natural snow, on 175km of ski runs, with 120 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 25 Ski Lifts of Schladming are able to uplift 63,900 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are six Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Schladming are perfectly feasible. Salzburg Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Schladming
Schladming is located at a T junction of ski resorts which are all on the local lift ticket. On the east side the lifts of the Galsterbergalm above Pruggern and of the Haiser Kaibling above Haus (where FIS Women's World Cup downhills are staged). To the west the lifts of the Reiteralm above Pichl Mandling. All of these resorts have north facing slopes and many have invested heavily in snow making as back up at the season ends when the resorts altitude means that snow cover is only guaranteed on the extensive upper slopes. Finally, in a side valley above Schladming are the ski areas of Ramsau and the year-round lifts on the Dachstein Glacier. All are linked by a bus service which will transport skiers with lift passes free of charge.
The four main mountains of Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm have been connected by lift since the 1998/99 season. With 170km of linked runs round the resort and 88 lifts, Schladming is one of the biggest ski centres in Austria.
Beginning in Schladming itself, visitors will find two ski areas, linked by the Planai West chair lift which actually goes through a tunnel in its determination to take skiers from the larger and more exciting ski area of Planai over to the gentler slopes of Hochwurzen. There's a gondola up to Planai which most residents in Schladming can walk to the base of, the second access point where the chairs go to Planai or Hochwurzewn is a bus ride out at the edge of the town.
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 (especially the popular Onkel Willy's near the top of the Planai gondola) in which to relax and contemplate the day's achievements.
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.
Snowboarding in Schladming
An increasingly popular destination for 'boarders, 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, an then there's also the glacier 'boarding options.
Although the majority of the lifts are T Bars, all of the Paradise Area resorts have access to the upper slopes by gondola and/or chair.
The dedicated Snowboard Schule Dachstein Tauern, based at the Planai gondola middle station organises Snowboard camps, winter and summer on the glacier and runs a shop, supplies demo material and handles rentals and repairs.
Schladming Aprés Ski
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.
The Siglu, Beisl and Hanglbar are often busy and are among several which stay open late. Maria's Mexican tends to attract younger skiers and 'boarders but there are several sophisticated quiet places such as Beisl.
The two discothèques are generally lively, especially the Sonderbar.
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Schladming in brief
Schladming Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 4, 2012
Closed : April 14, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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