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Schladming Ski Resort Guide

Schladming, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length170km
Highest Lift1,900m
Resort Height750m
 Nearest AirportsSalzburg and Linz
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Schladming was made a town in 1322 and its town square was pedestrianised 672 years later. A World Cup Downhill was first staged here in 1973 and the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982. The ski area now links four mountains in the 'Schladming-4-Mountain-Swing' and the larger area includes nine mountains.


The Austrian ski resort of Schladming is in the Austrian Alps at an altitude of 750m, with 170km of marked runs.

Schladming is part of the Dachstein-Tauern ski area with access to 197km of downhill skiing, with 41 marked pistes, served by a total of 45 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Schladming itself (170km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Dachstein-Tauern ski resort of Ramsau am Dachstein. Schladming is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Ramsau am Dachstein.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Schladming?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm, expected on 25 September.

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Ski Area Stats

Schladming Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Dachstein-Tauern Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Schladming Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,900m
Lowest Piste750m
Resort Altitude (Schladming)750m
Max Vertical1,150m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Schladming
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Intermediate Skiers

Schladming Overview

Schladming is a name which instantly brings to mind images of World Cup downhill racing in many skiers' minds . The leading resort in the Steiermark area of Austria and of the Dachstein area of the Tauern mountains is a very well established regional centre, as well as being the centre of the Dachstein Ski area.

Schladming was made a town in 1322 and its town square was pedestrianised 672 years later in 1997. A World Cup Downhill was first staged here in 1973 and the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1982 and again in 2013. Today Schladming is a small lively town with a good selection of shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. It has many interesting and picturesque old buildings which add to the ambience of the place.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the '3 - Planai FIS Run'.


Schladming is located at a T junction of ski resorts which are all on the local lift ticket. On the east side the lifts of the Galsterbergalm above Pruggern and of the Haiser Kaibling above Haus (where FIS Women's World Cup downhills are staged). To the west the lifts of the Reiteralm above Pichl Mandling. All of these resorts have north facing slopes and many have invested heavily in snow making as back up at the season ends when the resorts altitude means that snow cover is only guaranteed on the extensive upper slopes. Finally, in a side valley above Schladming are the ski areas of Ramsau and the year-round lifts on the Dachstein Glacier. All are linked by a bus service which will transport skiers with lift passes free of charge.

The four main mountains of Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm have been connected by lift since the 1998/99 season. With 170km of linked runs round the resort and 88 lifts, Schladming is one of the biggest ski centres in Austria.

Beginning in Schladming itself, visitors will find two ski areas, linked by the Planai West chair lift which actually goes through a tunnel in its determination to take skiers from the larger and more exciting ski area of Planai over to the gentler slopes of Hochwurzen. There's a gondola up to Planai which most residents in Schladming can walk to the base of, the second access point where the chairs go to Planai or Hochwurzewn is a bus ride out at the edge of the town.

The vast majority of trails on both mountains are intermediate level red runs down through the thick forests. It is good recreational skiing with some excellent mountain restaurants (especially the popular Onkel Willy's near the top of the Planai gondola) in which to relax and contemplate the day's achievements.

Beginners start off on the lifts from day one taking the Planai gondola up the mountain to the nursery area. A second option, after a few days in school, are the lower slopes of Hochwurzen, accessed by chair lift so no need to mess about on T Bar surface lifts.

Intermediates have the entire area to themselves with three quarter of all the runs above Schladming graded red, and two thirds of all in the Ski Paradise Area.

Experts have more limited choice but there are the two World Cup runs and the year round ski area of the Dachstein glacier, about 20 minutes away.

Schladming offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


An increasingly popular destination for 'boarders, the snowboard park on the Planai is one of three in the area, the other two are at Hoxhwurzen and there' a Burton Superpark open almost year round on the Dachstein Glacier.

Aside from the fun parks the terrain mixes wide open piste with the possibility of back country tours, an then there's also the glacier 'boarding options.

Although the majority of the lifts are T Bars, all of the Paradise Area resorts have access to the upper slopes by gondola and/or chair.

The dedicated Snowboard Schule Dachstein Tauern, based at the Planai gondola middle station organises Snowboard camps, winter and summer on the glacier and runs a shop, supplies demo material and handles rentals and repairs.

Location and Map

Where is Schladming?

This ski resort is in the Austrian Alps in Liezen, Styria.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Schladming is Salzburg, 70 minutes drive away.

Linz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Munich, Innsbruck Airport and Trieste airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 25 ski lifts are able to uplift 63,900 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 175km of ski runs, with 120 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Schladming open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Schladming, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Schladming Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Schladming

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Schladming Webcams

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Mountain Bike Hire

There is downhill mountain biking available and you can rent Mountain Bikes in Schladming.

Aprés Ski

Schladming is a pleasant place in the evening, especially since the large main square was pedestrianised making it possible to completely relax as you stroll around shops and cafés in the early evening. One of the best of these is the Niederl in the middle of the square, which serves mouth-watering cakes.

The Siglu, Beisl and Hanglbar are often busy and are among several which stay open late. Maria's Mexican tends to attract younger skiers and 'boarders but there are several sophisticated quiet places such as Beisl.

The two discothèques are generally lively, especially the Sonderbar.