by: Paddy Lalor - 26th January 2008

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

My family and friends have been coming to Schladming for 15 years and have seen constant improvements in the area over this time. What this resort really excels in is its Piste management, across the 4 mountans they have the largesst quantity of snow cannons in Austria, even the piste bashers have got a brand new snow depth radar system that allows them to concentrate on the problem areas of snow and keep the pistes in mint condition. They are the first resort in Austria to have this system. One area that the town was lacking in was a lively apres ski scene, this has been remedied this year with the opening of the HOHEN TENNEHAUS, which is a new 3 floor 1000 seater apres ski bar/restaurant and nightclub that opens until 4:00am, at the base station of the Planai gondola in the town. They host regular live music nights and other events. Add in the season opening party,which included a concert by the artist PINK and the world cup Nightrace in late January which draws a crowd of 40,000 plus, this by no means a quiet town. There are about 12 other bars around the town and numerous quality restaurants. The Salzburger Ski Armade pass covers not only the 4 local mountains totalling 165kms but a vast area of up to 850km's throughout the Salzburgerland. My tip is to fly to Salzburg and get a hire car (ranges from £130 per week for an economy size car)and take full advantage of the mountains on offer, most of which are within a 1/2 hour drive of Schladming. Wednesday evening the Planai gondola runs until 7:30pm, as most of the Planai mountaintop huts host apres ski parties on this day of the week. Also great fun is the floodlit 5km toboggan run on Hochwurzen,(20 euros for the bus from town and back, which runs until 12:30am, plus the gondola to the top of Hochwurzen and toboggan hire). Finish off with a few drinks and a boogie in the TAUERNALM at the end of the toboggan run for an excellant night out. The resort is becoming more and more popular with Brits, as they discover it, but it is still a firm favourite with the Austrians, Germans and a growing number of Dutch. There is also an excellent swimming pool with outside heated pool in winter, as well as good winter walks on cleared paths. For those into cross country skiing the world cup resort of Ramsau sits on a high sunny plateau about 4 miles outside Schladming. The resort also has its own Glacier sking on the DACHSTEIN glacier which includes a high altitude guided glacial ski route of 20km's or so, to Obertauern, with transport back to Schladming. Definitely a world class resort, that has won several awards over the years. In fact we think it is so good that I am buying a property there, so we can enjoy it even more. PS. It is also a top place to visit in the summer, and only one hour from Salzburg by car or train.
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