Summer holidays to Schladming, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Schladming, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO® Summer holidays to Schladming, Austria for summer 2019 & 2020 with SNO®
Highlights: • Cultural hotspot • 1000km of hiking trails • Bike park
Schladming’s surroundings are packed full of great walks and hikes designed to help you get the best out of the charming countryside. The summit tour up to the Knallstein is a fantastic hike if you’re looking to really push yourself; it’s less than 8km but there are some big climbs along the way. If you’re after something less strenuous, there are bags of easier walks in the region; stroll round the Steirische Bodensee path to get a good look at the lake and waterfall. The Alpine gorges also have some excellent walks; you’d struggle to forget the Worschachklamm with its churning rapids. If you’re into Nordic Walking, or just want to give it a go, you could do worse than the Waldweg route, a lovely wooded lane.
‘Schlad’ is home to the seriously hardcore Planai bike park; an incredible network of 11 manmade trails, all accessible from the Planai gondola. The park has a dirt jump area, a fun pump track and a brilliantly terrifying Northshore area. The definite highlight is the selection of amazing downhill runs: Flowline is (as the name suggests) a speedy masterpiece and downhill heavyweights like Gee Atherton, Sam Hill and Sam Blenkinsopp have all won UCI stages on the famous World Cup track.
Those who prefer to cycle thinner tyres can roam some of the flatter roads in the valley, like the Kulmbergstrasse which winds through some impressive woodland. Cycle the Fastenberg along one of the paved or dirt roads that zigzag up its side. 930km of trails mean that there’s plenty to explore and if you need a bit of help getting round, hire an E-Bike. With a max speed of 25km/h they’ll give you a decent push when you’re straining to get to the top of that tricky hill...
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