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Schladming

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes in the massive Ski Amadé area, this living and breathing alpine town has managed to strike a perfect balance of rich history and modern convenience. The fact that Schladming is home to the annual World Cup Night Slalom and recently hosted the World Ski Championships gives you an inkling of the high quality terrain you can ski here.

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At a glance: • Part of the extremely well-connected Ski Amadé • Excellent après-ski including restaurants, bars and shops • Close to the Dachstein glacier

Great for: • Scenery • Glacier skiing • Après ski

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes in the massive Ski Amadé area, this living and breathing alpine town has managed to strike a perfect balance of rich history and modern convenience. The fact that Schladming is home to the annual World Cup Night Slalom and recently hosted the World Ski Championships gives you an inkling of the high quality terrain you can ski here.

Schladming Resort

This bustling mountain town is situated within the beautiful Dachstein mountain range in the Styria province.

Once a mining town, Schladming has developed into a popular skiing resort with plenty of character and cultural attractions. It is host to a number of pretty medieval buildings, Romanesque and Gothic churches and the grand 18th century town square which was recently pedestrianised and is conveniently surrounded by cafés, bars and shops.

Known as the valley of a thousand springs, the region has over 300 mountain lakes and 100 waterfalls. The suspension bridge and “stairway to nothingness” on the Dachstein glacier are well worth a visit and the culturally rich city of Salzburg is also just one hour away and very easily accessed as Schlad has its own train station.

While the resort has managed to retain its working-town image and isn’t as touristy as other resorts in the Austrian Alps, you’ll still enjoy all sorts of modern events, attractions and conveniences. The World Cup night slalom takes place here every year but what really put this resort on the map was the World Ski Championships which were held here in February 2013 and led to a new and efficient ski lift system. Keeping up with the times, recent investments have seen 150 free WiFi hotspots installed across the ski area, so you won’t have to worry about Instagram withdrawal while you’re here.

The resort is covered by the Ski Amadé Pass which not only gives you lift access to a collection of blues, reds and one black over the four mountains in the main ski area, but five ski areas, 25 resorts and 760km of pistes in Salzburg and Styria, including the snow sure Dachstein glacier.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Ski Amadé region, Austrian Alps

Established: 1908

Open: Late November – Mid April

Downhill: 113.8km

View our detailed Schladming snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Schladming snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Salzburg90 km, 1 hour
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 19runs 24%

  • 44runs 72%

  • 8runs 4%

Top Altitude:1800m
Bottom Altitude:750m
Resort Altitude:745m
Longest run:7.7km
Slope Orientation:N
Vertical Drop:1950m
Skiable Vertical:1960m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:Yes

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Downhill Runs:113.8km
Beginner slopes:24%
Intermediate:72%
Advanced slopes:4%
Lift Pass Price: €227 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Altenmarkt, Filzmoos, Flachau, Gosau, Haus im Ennstal, Obertauern, Pichl-Mandling, Ramsau am Dachstein.

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Schladming

The resort has four linked mountains to ski between: Planai, Hochwurzen, Hauser Kaibling and Reiteralm. The Planai and the Hochwurzen provide the main entrance to the region which consists of 25 pistes, an efficient lift service and varied terrain.

Total beginners are catered for on the Rohrmoos plateau, where the Schladming ski school meets, until they have enough confidence to take the runs down to the Planai West chair-lift. This will take beginners to the gentle nursery slopes at the top of Planai and there are some additional blues at the top of Hauser Kaibling (we like the Fastenberg Ostabfahrt that gently winds through the trees). The Weitmoosabfahrt is a fairly easy but fun blue on the Planai and the Skiweg Burgstallalm is a much longer and more challenging descent.

Intermediates are spoilt for choice with countless reds on all four of the mountains - the Die Schwungvolle, which translates as the Upbeat, is a terrific 4.8km red.

Advanced skiers can take some of the longest uninterrupted runs in Europe, such as the 4.6km black FIS run (also one of the fastest in the world) from the Planai summit and the 7.7km Hochwurzen Valley. While the FIS is the only black piste in the local area, the Amadé region has 30 more covering 97km. The Edelgriesskar, which runs from the Dachstein glacier down to Ramsau is especially challenging.

There are 300km of cross country trails and while opportunities for off-piste are not great locally, the Dachstein glacier, which peaks at 2700m, has tons of powder – it’s about a 40 minute ride on the free ski bus.

You’ll find a terrain park on the Planai, another at Hoxhwurzen and the Superpark Dachstein on the glacier which is open almost all year. The Snowboard Schule Dachstein Tauern is based at the Planai gondola middle station.

Schladming Apres Ski

Schladming has excellent après-ski with roughly 50 bars and 20 restaurants to choose from.

We like the cool igloo shaped bar, Siglu, which is located just off the main square and is known for its cocktails and chilled club sounds. Other popular bars include Szenario and the town’s oldest and most traditional bar, Hanglbar. Most bars stay open quite late but if you want to move on to a nightclub then Cult Club, Hohenhaus Tenne and Sonderbar are all nearby and good fun.

The resort is well-known for its numerous mountain restaurants serving delicious food. A firm favourite is Onkel Willy’s Hutte, a friendly, family-run restaurant serving local delicacies, of which the rib specials are a must! The Landstuberl Friesacher is the finest steak house in town or for fine dining, try the Winter Garden.

If you are taking some time off from skiing, you will find ample activities to keep you busy. The 8km toboggan run from the top of the Hochwurzen gondola is hugely entertaining and is open at night, as is night skiing here. Sleigh rides, bowling and ice skating are also popular. The Erlebnisbad, a new swimming complex situated in Europaplatz in Schladming, has numerous facilities including a lap pool, an adventure pool with a slide and waves, a heated outdoor pool, a sauna area, and various sporting facilities. The museums, churches and public buildings in the town may be of interest to those who would like to learn more about Schladming’s interesting history or why not check out the local shops. The Dachstein glacier is also definitely worth visiting to attempt the daunting Sky Walk for magnificent views, to immerse yourself in the Ice Palace, or go to the highly rated Panorama restaurant.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Schladming

When is the best time to ski Schladming?

The lifts are usually open from late November until mid-April and all of the slopes at Schladming are covered by snow-making equipment if mother nature ever needs a helping hand. The best conditions are usually during February and March as consistent snowfall during this period means that the pistes are generally immaculate.

The resorts consists of mostly north facing slopes which means that snow is usually well preserved later on in the season. The altitudes are relatively low and so if pistes do get slushy in the spring the Ski Amadé Pass will give you access to five ski areas which lets you head to higher terrain. The Dachstein glacier is included in the pass and this has guaranteed snow almost all year round.

If you’re flexible on dates and like a bit of sporting action, try and visit the resort during the Night race, an annual event which usually takes place in the last week of January. Approximately 50,000 visitors fill the Planai stadium to watch skiing legends compete in the exciting Nightrace down the Planai - the atmosphere is electric and big celebrations in the town tend to follow.

Peak Dates

Christmas at Schladming is an enchanting time with fun activities and events including a market and concerts usually taking place in the old town square. Browse Schladming Christmas ski holidays ‣

It’s not just the skiing that makes New Year in Schladming so great – the laid back celebrations make it perfect for a chilled out holiday and family fun. Browse Schladming New Year ski holidays ‣

The snow is usually its best over February half term in Schladming and families visit as and activities such as tobogganing, ice-skating and bowling will keep the kids busy. Browse Schladming Half Term ski holidays ‣

The snow over Easter at Schladming isn’t always at its peak but with excellent snow-making equipment, the Dachstein glacier nearby and outdoor activities such as mountain hiking, horse riding and ice skating, you won’t be short of things to do. Browse Schladming Easter ski holidays ‣

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Families in Schladming

Families are well looked after in Schladming, making it no surprise that the resort is most popular over school holidays, when you'll often find special events and activities.

Covering four mountains, the ski area is especially good when most of the brood are intermediates. Schools like the Hopl provide excellent tuition, making use of the Hopsi-Kids area for young beginners, while more advanced sprogs can try courses in steeps, freestyling and racing.

For some good old fashioned winter fun, one of the best activities is the long toboggan run on Hochwurzen- at 7km it's one of the longest in the Alps. There's also an Ice Palace up on the glacier which children (especially Frozen fans…) will love, while anyone who doesn't suffer from vertigo must check out the Sky Walk and suspension bridge for awesome views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

GroupsGroup Holidays Schladming

Groups, especially groups of intermediates, can have a smashing time in Schladming. With the Ski Amade's enormous 760km of pistes, book the whole area pass and you'll have more than enough to ski for the week. For experts, heli-skiing on the Hauser Kaibling is well worth looking into.

While the resort isn't St Anton or Ischgl when it comes to après ski, there are more than enough bars and clubs to choose between - Onkel Willys Hütte's a popular haunt for food and drink thanks to its huge sun terrace, and at the foot of the slopes, Hohenhaus Tenne “Europe's biggest ski hut” always throws a good party.

Skiing and snowboarding aside, great activities include the super long sled run on Hochwurzen (which is often flood-lit in the evenings) and trips up the glacier for awesome sights from the Sky Walk and suspension bridge (though the vertigo afflicted might prefer to stay back and explore the medieval village…).


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