A beautiful, medieval Austrian town with world-class skiing across four peaks.
- Beautiful medieval town that dates back to 1322, with a pedestrianised centre and friendly locals.
- Modern lifts like the Planai West, which links the gentle Hochwurzen slopes to the exciting Planai area.
- Three quarters of the runs are red and many wind through the forest.
Schladming hosted the World Ski Championships in 2013 and invested heavily in new ski lifts. This investment has been well worth it - queues are kept short and speedy lifts give you more time for the downhills. Plus, with so many heated seats, you'll be kept cosy even on the chilliest of days.
With a high proportion of runs rated red, Schladming is ideally suited to intermediates. Much of the skiing is tree-lined, which means visibility is good, plus there's some good opportunities for ducking off, in the right conditions, to find a bit of powder to play in. There's stuff to keep the more advanced skier interested too - particularly popular is the challenging downhill used annually for the men's World Cup night slalom.
The large, bustling town of Schladming dates back to medieval times. It's got a nice mix of the old and new throughout. The pretty church, the old town gate and Hotel Kirchenwirt (dating back well over 300 years) all show just some of the history. In contrast, stylish buildings have popped up in recent years across town - such as the congress centre, lift stations and many hotels. The pedestrianised centre of town is a great spot to do a bit of shopping and grab a warming cuppa from one of many cafés, or maybe something a bit stronger from a number of après bars.
Schladming isn't really known as a party town, but it definitely knows how to have fun. Hohenhaus Tenne, next to the Planai base station, is possibly the most popular stop for an après drink, and later on it transforms into a bustling nightclub. There's a lot more choice in town too, ranging from a relaxed drink in your hotel bar, to the underground Cult Club.
- Minicard lift pass available for children aged 6 years and under for €20, available locally.