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Schladming Rohrmoos, Austria

A cosy mountain village near Salzburg with extensive intermediate slopes.

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 Schladming-Ramsau/Dachstein sports region of the Enns Valley.

The town’s two mountains, Planai (1,894 meters/6,213 feet) and Hochwurzen (1,850 meters/6,069 feet), are sandwiched between Reiteralm (1,960 meters/6,430 feet) and Hauser Kaibling (2,015 meters/6,610 feet), creating a four-mountain, inter-linked skier’s paradise. Both mountains offer some of the longest uninterrupted runs in Europe, like the 4.6-kilometer (2.8-mile) Fis run or the endless 7.7-kilometer (4.7-mile) Hochwurzen Valley run that will have even the most fit skiers looking for one of the many slope-side restaurants for a quick break.

Schladming is only 90 kilometers (60 miles) away from Salzburg’s international airport, and is easily reached by train or bus. The train ride is a breathtaking voyage through bucolic valleys where woodfire smoke hangs suspended over the village roofs by the colder winds blowing across the towering mountain ranges.

What’s Great

  • New lifts have linked extensive but previously fragmented slopes
  • Excellent slopes for intermediates
  • Extensive snowmaking operation and superb piste maintenance
  • Very sheltered slopes, among trees
  • Close to snowsure Obertauern and Dachstein glacier
  • Lots of good mountain restaurants
  • Charming town with friendly people and a life independent of tourism
  • New Ski Alliance Amadé lift ticket cover wide range of nearby resorts

What’s Not-So-Great

  • Beginner slopes (at Rohrmoos) are inconvenient unless you stay beside them – and beginners are expected to pay for a full lift pass
  • Little for experts
  • The slopes lack variety – one mountain is much like the others
  • Most runs are north-facing, so can be cold and shady in early season
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