(745m - 2700m)
Set over 4 mountains, Schladming is one of Austria’s most well known resorts which has attracted skiers of all abilities for many years. Despite unremarkable heights the majority of Schladming’s slopes face north and keep their snow well ensuring conditions throughout the season remain good.
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Resort at a glance
|Ski Range||745m - 2700m|
Schladming’s slopes are set over 4 areas on 4 different mountains. From east to west the 4 ski areas are Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen, and Reiteralm. The village of Schladming is located at the bottom of Planai, giving direct access to the slopes on Planai and Hochwurzen. From the top of Planai the slopes of Hauser Kaibling can be accessed. The slopes at Reiteralm can only be accessed at valley level from Hochwurzen at Pichl.
All 4 of Schladming’s areas are an intermediate’s paradise with red runs to challenge both early and adventurous intermediates. Those early intermediates or those who have just started to progress from the nursery slopes should stay on the blue runs close to Schladming whilst more adventurous individuals should aim for the red runs at the top of the Hauser Kaibling and Planai sectors. More gentle cruising slopes can be found over on Hochwurzen and Reiteralm, however getting over to Reiteralm can take some time and access to it involves coming back down to valley level and using the link at Pichl.
The nursery slopes are situated at the western end of the village at Rohrmoos, which may require a bit of a walk or indeed bus ride if you are staying at the other end of Schladming. For experts there are not a lot of genuine black runs, however a couple of difficult runs can be found at the top of Hauser Kaibling and Reiteralm. For a serious challenge and moguls look elsewhere.
Schladming has apres ski to suit all tastes, but it can get very lively.
Starting early, there are many ski lodges to entertain you on the slopes. At the Planai there is the Almrausch which has a variety of events throughout the season, there is also the Schafalm and Hohenhaus Tenne there. On top of the Hochwurzen there is the Hochwurzenalm and at the middle station there is the Seiterhütte. Other lodges to try are the Tauernalm and the Schladmingerhütte.
In town there is the lively Siglu Bar with drinking competitions and live music, Onkel Willi’s and the Hanglbar are also very lively and loud, don’t miss the The Szenario either. For something more relaxing and refined then do try Pfitschi Gogerl, or the Beisl Bar, then there is the X-Small bar with music, cocktails and wine. Maria's Mexican is also worth a visit, as is Niederl's Bar for its tempting cakes.
If you are still awake late then try out The Pub, the Sonderbar disco under the Hotel Rossl, La Porta or the Hanglbar and if you get the chance visit Austropop 4 Ever.
Schladming has something to suit every taste from simple pizzas to traditional cuisine along with fine dining options.
There are many coffee houses with restaurants within them, notable ones include the Gasthof Braunhofer, the Landgraf, Kulinarwerk and Aqarius. Many of the hotels have very good restaurants too such as the Hotel Post, Hotel zum Stadttor and the Waldfrieden and Sonneck hotels. Other good restaurants worth trying are the Restaurant Alpine, China Restaurant Peking and Papa Joe's.
Onkel Willy’s - a mountain restaurant, has good food, as does Dorf Stockl - another mountain restaurant. Pizza can be found at Giovanni’s, steak at Landstuberl Friesacher - also known as the Pink House, they also have an extensive menu serving other specialities. Talbachschenke also serve steaks and other grill options, where the Winter Garden in the Kleiner Steirhof Hotel has a diverse menu of meat, fish and Italian food.
There is plenty to keep you occupied off the slopes in Schladming. Everything from ice skating and curling, ice climbing, bowling, tobogganing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and paragliding are available.
The town has plenty of shopping opportunities or you can visit Salzburg which is accessible by train. There is also a new pool, indoor sports centre with sauna and treatments and many of the hotels have their own wellness facilities.
Schladming has a few schools offering tuition in skiing and snowboarding to all ages and abilities.
The Hopl Ski and Snowboard School has group lessons from €49 for 3 hours tuition, or from €140 for 3 days with 3 hours per day. Private lessons start from €57 for 1 hour or €104 for 4 hours.
The Tritscher Ski and Snowboard School has group lessons from €122 for 3 half days with 2 hours tuition per day, or 3 full days with 4 hours tuition per day from €157, private lessons start from €104 for 2 hours or €215 for 4 hours.