“ It is located 90 km (56 miles) from Salzburg, the nearest international airport. The resort is 220 km (136 miles) from Munich, Germany. „
A realatively short transfer from Salzburg (past the castle from Where Eagles dare) brings you to Schladming, part of the Ski Amade Ski area.
There are well over 100 km of slopes, and this is the key bit, spread over 4 linked mountains - and for a reasonable skier it is possible to ski all 4 in one day. There is a good mix of slopes for all abilities and a few really quite steep blacks - including the main run back into town - if you are of a nervous disposition, take the lift down!
All of the skiing is tree skiing, and they have gone out of their way to make it fun - musical pistes with classical music sound systems anyone? Or how about the skyToilet - a toilet with one way mirrors so you can keep an eye on what is going on outside?
Another plus is the mountain huts - we did not find a bad one in 2 weeks - and far cheaper than France!
You MUST visit Uncle Willi's Hutte - atmospheric, good robust food and a great atmosphere.
Apres ski is a litle quiet by Austrian standards, but still a few cosy / lively bars to be found.
A special mention for the Planai base station - heated ski lockers and a lift to the lifts - great!
Schladming is one of my favourite resorts! There are oudles and oudles of runs, catering for everyone from beginnner through to advanced. In the Planai area the World Cup Black Run tests even the most competent of skiiers. In addition there is floodlit skiing, snow canons covering most to the resort and the opportunity to time yourselves using the slalom course. I went in March and April and there were some icy patches and by the end of the week the bottom slopes were melting and had got quite patchy although there was plenty of fresh snow up at the top. The hotels are of an excellent standard although most are a short walk of bus ride to the resort centre and ski school. As far as nightlife is concerned, Schladming cannot be faulted. There are numerous bars - most will offer deals or happy hours at sometime over your week! Great resort for families and groups. you will not be disappointed
Schladming is a small ski resort about 1 and a half hours drive from Salzburg airport. There is about 150 - 200km of pistes at Scladming, ranging over 4 mountains (Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm) Everone of these runs is enjoyable and at the top there is some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The Black run on Planai is also one of the world cup runs, which was held there earlier this year, and is certainly a challange as it is quite icy down at the bottom. There is plenty of life around Schladming as well. Numerous bars provide a good nightlife, and look out for the bar with the pornography on the walls in the toilets! There is also many restaurants and ski hire shops. There is only one real nightclub, which, I have to be honest, is quite rank. The rest of the bars which have dance floors seem to be stuck in some kind of 80's trance, which is never a good thing. The is a ski bus that goes to all the ski lift stations, which makes everyone of the mountains easily accessible. There is also some good apres-ski places, namely Uncle Willis being the best one. There is always some entertainment there, such as drunk germans or comedians. Its a good laugh, and worth going to. One problem is though is that there isn't much English spoken there. I worked out that Grillwurzen + frites is sausage and chips, so thats all that I ate for a whole week. Hope you can do better! (if you havn't skied before, check out my opinion on Skiing in Genral)
Schladming, in Northern Steiermark, is one of Austria's premier ski resorts, as indicated by the fact that it has a fixed place on the circuit of the Alpine Skiing World Cup. Over the last few years, the Night Slalom, an event introduced to put a bit more spectacle into a flagging program, has been a fixture on the calendar, and something that has won Schladming a lot of plaudits. The night slalom is spectacular, as I witnessed in 1998, and the atmosphere is great. The skiing in the Planai is excellent, with the lifts going upto about 1900m, the village of Schladming itself being at 750m above sealevel. There are over 100km of pistes, which are served by approximately 50 lifts. Of course if there is an exceptional mild winter, the snow can be not as good as if say you were 500m higher up, but generally the snow is still very acceptable. Lift passes are fairly cheap, with a weekend skipass for an adult costing around ATS 750 for 2 full day's skiing which explains why it is so popular with people living in eastern Austria. Children's lift passes are either ATS 450 or 405ATS depending on whether they are supervised or not for a weekend. Schladming is very easy to get to, with regular train services either from Salzburg (sometimes direct, sometimes having to change at Bischofshofen) or from Vienna and Graz, having to change in St Michael. Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have a special ticket for skiiers, which includes discounts on skipasses, called Wedelweiss. This is typical of the cooperation between the railways and ski resorts, and a further initiative has been taken offering additional services to St Anton am Arlberg during the Alpine Skiing World Cup. One of the problems in Schladming is that of accommodation and you are well advised to book in advance if at all possible, as Schladming is after all a fairly small resort in terms of size. There are some chalets available, and a lot of the cheaper end accommodation is
to be found in the "Pensionen" - they offer B+B Austrian style. If you go with a tour operator, then you'll not have to worry about finding your accommodation. Doubtlessly you'll be treated to some form of Austrian entertainment, with heaps of Sauerkraut, oodles of Schnitzel, good strong beer, plenty of Schnapps to blow your brains out and rousing Austrian hospitality. The Austrians are very unreserved, and even though Steierisch, the regional dialect, is uncomprehensible to a lot of people (including many Austrians) a lot of people will speak sufficient English for you to have not problems communicating. Due to a longterm knee injury I was unable to ski during my trip there, but there were enough bars and cafés to keep me amused during the day whilst the others went off skiing. Although the snow can be a touch patchy down by the resort late in the season, despite the fact that the slopes are not the highest, Schladming generally has a lot of snow, and conditions for skiing are usually excellent.