How to get there
The charming little town of Schladming is located close to the Obertauern and Dachstein glacier, which has extremely reliable snowfall throughout the ski season.
Luckily for the skiers who are attracted by the stunning resort each winter, Schladming is easily accessible by a combination of air travel and public transport (or you can hire a car from the airport). Salzburg International Airport is just 90 kilometres away from the resort and is well-served by flights departing from airports across the UK. A bus can take you from the airport to the ski resort in just one hour, or you can hire a car and drive to Schladming in just 45 minutes. To drive between the airport and the resort, take the B150 and then transfer on to the A10 and travel for 55 kilometres. Take Exit 63 and then head on to the E651. Continue along this road until you reach the resort.
Some people choose to fly to Munich, usually because they have found a cheap deal between the UK and the airport there, but it is 220 kilometres away from the resort. To drive from Munich airport to Schladming, take the A8 towards Salzburg and drive for just over 125 kilometres. Enter Austria and follow the A1 heading towards Italy and Slovenia. Once you are within close proximity of Salzburg, take the A10 and then Exit 63 in the direction of Graz. Follow the E651 and you will eventually reach the resort.
Some people prefer to take the train from the UK to Schladming. The resort is part of the rail line running between Salzburg and Graz. Take the Eurostar from London to Paris and then an overnight train to Munich. From Munich, you will need to take a train to Salzburg and then transfer to one headed for Schladming.
Driving between the UK and the resort via Calais is another option but you should try to travel by air and public transport, since icy conditions can make driving such long distances dangerous.
Who does the resort cater for?
Skiers of all ages and abilities will find something to keep them happy in Schladming. Beginners can take advantage of the great ski school and intermediate skiers can push themselves to their limits on the wide, open pistes found in the Ramsau and Dachstein Glacier areas. Expert skiers after a challenge will find great off-piste skiing opportunities, particularly around the glacial region. Snowboarders love the snow park which comes complete with challenging half-pipes and cross-country skiers enjoy the breathtaking scenery which surrounds the cross-country trails.
If you become bored with skiing or you feel like a day away from the slopes, there is plenty on offer in the resort to keep you entertained. Winter activities include curling, ballooning, hang-gliding, bowling, tobogganing, hiking with snowshoes, playing tennis and squash, working out in the local fitness centre, and ice-skating. In the evening, entertainment can be provided by one of the many lively cafes, restaurants, or popular piano-bars scattered through the resort.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
There is accommodation on offer in the resort to suit all budgets, large and small. However, if you are feeling particularly rich, try the Sporthotel Royer, located near the centre of the town. The hotel is popular with celebrity guests wishing to hit the slopes and offers outstanding cuisine and service. There is an indoor swimming pool, a lovely relaxing sauna, table tennis facilities, and squash courts. You can also go bowling in the hotel if you like. Breakfast comes in the form of a satisfying hot and cold buffet and there is a 4-course meal each night. If your budget is slightly smaller, try the Hotel Landauerhof, which is located just outside the centre of the resort. The restaurant serves good-quality international cuisine and has a wellness centre complete with sauna and fitness club. If you prefer the independence of an apartment or chalet, try the Apartment Alpenblick. These apartments are a ten minute walk away from the centre of Schladming and are suitable for groups of 4 or 5 people. Accommodation is on a self-catered basis and there is a sauna onsite.
There is 1 black run (suitable for expert skiers), 18 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 6 blue runs (suitable for beginners). The resort is part of the Dachstein-Tauern ski area, which has 41 individual pistes. The correct ski pass will allow you to access the ski resort of Ramsau am Dachstein. The slopes are served by modern lifts, including cable cars, which take nearly 65,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort has 120 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 170 km
- Cross Country Trails: 300 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 25
- Maximum Vertical: 1150 m
- Highest Lift: 1900 m
- Altitude of Resort: 750 m
- Lowest Piste: 750 m