Schladming is a gorgeous old medieval town with buildings dating back well over 300 years. The hotel Kirchenwirt is a classic example and it is one of the oldest hotels in town. In the modern era stylish new building have been added in a tasteful manor. As a result Schladming has all the appeal of traditional ski village but with the mod-cons to boot. It has a great modern lift system and there is loads going on with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Schaldming is situated within the stunning Dachstein Moutain region and there is 123km of interconnected piste on offer split between four mountains plus additiona skiing at the Dachstein glacier making 173km in total. The majority of the skiing is perfect for intermediates with 69km out of the 123km of local slopes, being classed as intermediate level. However, beginners and experts are well catered for as well with 46km of easy runs for the beginners and world famous pistes, such as that used for the that used for the Women's World Cup Downhill at Hauser Kaibling, which will be of interest to expert skiers.
Whilst in the past Schladming was an old mining town, in modern times it has become a very popular ski resort and it first shot to fame in 1982 when it played host to the World Championships for the first time. Schaldming hosted the World Ski Championships once more in 2013 and prior to the event they invested millions in a upgrading the lift system to a world class modern spec. All the new lifts are high speed which is extremely effective at minimising queue time and most of them have the added luxury of heated seats.
Here at iSki we have a good selection of hotels to choose from in Schladming. If you need any help deciding which property will best suit your needs or if you just want to be pointed in the right direction then do not hesitate to give us a call and we will gladly help – 02037780123.
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Absolute beginners will start at the Rohrmoos plateau on the Planai mountain. This is where the Schladming ski school meets before lessons begin. After a day or so on the nursery slopes of Planai you should be confident enough to venture further afield and the cable car that takes you over to Hauser Kaibling is a good place to head.
Intermediate skiers are the ones who are catered for best in Schladming with the majority of the pistes in the are classed at intermediate level. With over 170km of piste on offer in the area there is more than enough skiing to keep an intermediate skiers going for a week and the fact that the terrain is spread over four mountains really helps to add some nice variety to the skiing.
There are not that many black runs in the area, only 8km on total top be precise but there are still plenty of challenging routes to be found for any advanced skiers in Schladming. Hauser Kaibling hosts the Women's World Cup Downhill. The World Cup Night Slalom also takes place in Schladming and both route are open to the public when not being used for competition's. There is also a good selection of off piste to be found.
Schladming is great for snowboarders. Well maintained pistes, good off piste opportunities and 4 snowparks means that Schladmings catered for nearly all snowboarding tastes. The snowpark on Planai is will maintained as is the one at Hoxhwursen. They even have a superpark on Dachstein up on the glacier so you can ride park nearly all year round but you do have to take a 30 minute bus to get there.
Given that Schladming is a fully functioning, all year round mountain town, rather than a small little ski resorts, it will come as no surprise that it has a bustling town centre with loads going on. The nightlife and apres ski have a positively cosmopolitan feel to it with over 50 bars and just over 20 restaurants on offer. Popular bars include Hanglbar, Szenario and Siglu but there are plenty of other decent establishments to check out.
If you are looking for something for than just a few drinks to go along with your skiing then get yourself booked onto an excursion to the Dachstein Glacier or the Sky Walkway. The Dachstein Glacier has an awe-inspiring Ice Palace containing amazing ice sculptures, a Throne Room, a Crystal Doom and the Blue Saloon. The Sky Walkway is a viewing platform at 2700m with a transparent glass floor, where you can see below you straight down a rock face. The views are breathtaking on a clear day. You can reach both the Ice Palace from the Dachstein Gondola.
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