Schladming is a small mining town in the Styria area of Austria, that is now very popular with tourists. It has become a large ski resort and has held various skiing competitions recently. The shopping area has lots of cafes, restaurant and a variety of shops and caters well for tourists. Schladming’s slogan is Gemutlichkeit – in Austrian, Gemutlichkeit means coziness, which perfectly describes this tiny mountain village nestled in Austria’s Schladming – Ramsau/Dachstein sports region of the Enns Valley.
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Skiing in Winter – The main mountain is the Planai. It has a six seater gondola from bottom to top with a middle station in between. The Planai consists of many red runs and the competition black, there are many blue slopes for beginners but generally the Planai is an intermediate to expert mountain. The Hochwurzen is the other main mountain in Schladming. It has three main red runs off the four man chair lift and a sledge run. This mountain is better suited to more experienced boarders and skiers. It is a good mountain for snowboarding as it has a lot of jumps and a few rails and boxes. There is a fifteen man gondola which goes in groups of five to the top. There are many enjoyable off-piste runs on both the Hochwurzen and the Planai.
In Non-Winter Months – The surrounding mountains are renowned for climbing and hiking and the country side and forest is ideal for cycling. In the summer there are downhill runs for toboggans and go karts with runs of 7 km. There is also a large outdoor swimming complex at the sport complex.
==== SCHLADMING – GETTING THERE
The Schladming boasts seven ski areas that can be easily reached by car or one of the local buses that run free during the tourist season. Ski passes are good for all the mountains in the area, which means skiers are confronted with more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) of skiable terrain, over 100 lifts, 500 centimeters (16 feet) average annual snowfall, and 90 percent snowmaking coverage for those days when the snow gods dont answer the skiers’ prayers.