Austria’s full of amazing ski resorts. To varying degrees, most of them are attached to beautiful, authentic Austrian towns full of friendly locals and great après bars, and Schladming is a perfect example of all those things – a perfect specimen of Austrian charm. To show you exactly how, here are eight reasons to visit Schladming this season.
1. It’s Got a Glacier
The wider Schaldming-Dachstein ski area encompasses lots of smaller areas, including the Dachstein Glacier, so come rain or shine, you’ve got access to snow. Decent.
2. Championship Lifts
Schladming played host to the 2013 World Ski Championships, and invested heavily in new lifts for the occasion. What’s left is a seriously quick infrastructure (with heated seats!), resulting in short queues and more time on the slopes. Sounds like a winner.
3. Intermediate Runs Galore
Fully 49% of the Schladming-Dachstein ski area is classified intermediate – that’s 81km of red run. Within the limits of Schladming’s own boundaries, that percentage increases to 69%, with 69km of its total 123km of piste classed as red. Numbers aside, what that means is loads of fun, challenging skiing to keep you busy all week long.
4. Loads of Tree-Lined Skiing
Trees are great, aren’t they? They’re green, they’re nice to look at, they keep visibility good and they’re fun to ski around and through. Lucky for you, Schladming has them in abundance, available for shredding at your leisure.
5. Home to the Men’s World Cup Night Slalom Run
Love challenging downhill runs? Love World Cup Night Slalom? You’re in luck – we’ve got just the resort for you. Schladming hosts the World Cup Night Slalom annually, and the run is there to be skied. Are you up to the challenge?
6. Schladming Town is Old and Cool…
Schladming’s a decent sized town with a centre dating back to medieval times. It’s quaint and pretty, with plenty of shops and cafes to keep you occupied during your stay. The church, the old town gate and Hotel Kirchenwirt (dating back well over 300 years) all show just some of the town’s history.
7. …and also Pedestrianised
Cars in ski resorts are a pain. How are you supposed to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings with engines everywhere coughing fumes into your crisp mountain air? Well, good news – Schladming’s centre is totally car free.
8. Schladming’s an Après Underdog
Schladming’s not an obvious choice for amazing après, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time there – Hohenhaus Tenne is a great stop for an après drink, and later on becomes 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.
What’s more, when we asked our Overseas Team about their best in-resort New Years’ experiences, Schladming definitely made an impression.