Schladming is to host its annual Dachstein Xtreme, one of the hardest ski tour races in the world, Saturday, March 27.

This year about 200 of the best alpine skiers from 15 nations will flock to Schladming to take part in the event.

The annual running at the Dachstein is a remarkable route reaching heights of 2600 metres. About 120 alpine experienced helpers and more than 10 full-time mountain guides take care to ensure safety along the way.

The Dachstein Xtreme 2010 starts 10 a.m. March 27 at 1900 metres. The race is 15 kilometres in length and only the fittest skiers take part in this challenging event.

Schladming Tourist Office says, "The stress is enormous because of the many climbing passages and many changes at a great altitude."

The Dachstein Xtreme is part of the preparations for the World Cup ski championships which is to best hosted by Schladming in 2013.

Schladming boasts 223 kilometres of well groomed slopes linked by 109 modern cable cars and chairlifts. The resort also makes up part of the Schladming-Dachstein Region which is a member of the Ski amade. Skiers can access five ski regions with 860 kilometres of slopes using one pass.

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