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.
- 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
- 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