In 2013, the best skiers in the world battled here for gold in the ski world championship, today you can follow in their tracks as a leisure skier. The Schladming-Dachstein ski area in the state of Styria is one of the greatest ski areas in the Austrian Alps. Do something different every day with the 4-mountain ski transport network serving Planai, Hochwurzen, Hauser Kalbling and Reiteralm!
1) General information about the Schladming-Dachstein ski area
- A total of 125 pistes and 88 lift systems in eleven ski areas
- 4-mountain ski transport network Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm
- Snow reliability until late spring on the Dachstein glacier
- Part of the Ski amadé ski network
The Schladming-Dachstein ski area belongs to the Austrian Ski amadé ski network together with: Hochkönig, Gastein, the Großarl valley and the Salzburger Sportwelt, comprising a total of 760 km of pistes. It lies in the state of Styria between the famous Dachstein mountain range and the Schladminger Tauern and consists of eight winter sport centres. Altogether, the Schladming-Dachstein ski area stretches from the main resort of Schladming at 745 m to the Dachstein peak at 2,700 m altitude.
230 km of pistes provide great skiing for everyone from beginners to experienced skiers. Newcomers can enjoy 98 km of easy blue pistes while more experienced skiers have their pick of 115 km of red pistes. The 17 black pistes present a challenge for even the most experienced and includes up to 80% of slopes. 88 lift systems ensure trouble-free transport. The 4-mountain ski transport network connects Hauser Kaibling (2,015 m), Schladming Hausberg Planai (1,906 m), Hochwurzen (1,850 m) and the Reiteralm (1,860 m). It is no wonder that this extensive provision is rated by our experts at the full five stars. “Reliability for snow” also received five stars as skiing is guaranteed on the Dachstein glacier until late in the spring.
At 149 days, the season in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area is unusually long, with the Austrian average being 118 days. During the season, snow depth is on average 98 cm on the mountain and 56 cm in the valley. In the sunniest and snowiest month of March, there are 18 days of sunshine and snow depths of up to 128 cm on the mountain. Over the season, winter sports fans can expect an average of 74 sunny days.
2) Schladming-Dachstein ski area map
3) Skiing in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area
Because of its size, the Schladming-Dachstein ski area provides a very varied programme for winter sports fans. In the centre of the ski area, there is the 4-mountain transport network which connects Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm. It is surrounded by the Galsterbergalm and Fageralm. On the south side of the Enn valley, there are the peaceful, family-friendly ski area on the Stoderzinken and the Dachstein glacier, which is snow-sure well into spring.
In 2013, the ski world championship took place on the slopes of Planai, where some of the finest runs in the ski area can be found. To test themselves against the professionals, visitors can ski the 5 km FIS run from the peak of Planai into the valley. The annual world cup night slalom, which draws up to 40,000 spectators to Schladming, takes place at the finish slope. A marked short sprint run with speed measurement allows competitions to take place. An unusual ski experience is provided on the Planai Echo piste: For 600 m, skiers are accompanied by various musical sounds. Evening skiing by floodlight is available until 11 pm on the illuminated piste at Hochwurzen. The experts at SnowTrex awarded Schladming-Dachstein ski area four stars for the facilities for experts & advanced skiers.
The comprehensive facilities for “Families & children” also received four stars. The manageable family ski areas on Stoderzinken and Galsterberg enable children to practice their skiing away from the hustle and bustle. In the Gallic ski village on Galsterberg, children meet Asterix, Obelix and their Roman opponents. Youngsters are also well looked after in the Hopsis Kinderland on the Planai with fairy-tale meadows, child-friendly fun slopes and ski schools on the Regenbogenalm and the Reiteralm.
The facilities for snowboarders and freestylers are unbeatable in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area. There are two snow parks on the Planai and on Dachstein, as well as three further fun slopes on the Hochwurzen, Reiteralm and Galsterbergalm. Superpark Planai has become a mecca for the snowboard scene in particular since its opening in 2008/9. Superpark Dachstein provides similarly extensive facilities for up to ten months a year. No wonder that the facilities for snowboarders earned the highest rating of five stars from our experts.
Tranquility away from the pistes is provided by the Dachstein glacier with its extensive deep snow areas. Tour participants start from here for the Austrian national ski tour to Obertraun. The crossing of the Dachstein via the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site is one of the finest stretches of the Alps with incomparable views.
Cross-country skiers meet in Ramsau am Dachstein, where there are approximately 150 km of prepared trails in all difficulty categories. This is no coincidence as the Nordic ski world championship regularly takes place in Ramsau.
4) Expert rating
With a total evaluation of 4.6, Schladming-Dachstein ski area is one of the most highly rated ski areas in Austria. The experts at SnowTrex recognised the comprehensive facilities in “Lifts & cable cars” and “Reliability for snow”, as well as the diverse gastronomy and lively après ski scene.
5) Activities besides skiing
The range of food and drink options in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area is something to be proud of. The region has been described as “the delicatessen of Austria”. There is the perfect refreshment for every time of the day or night available from the cosy Styrian huts and the lively après ski bars. The food and après ski facilities both received the top rating of five stars. The Hochwurzenalm on the peak of Hochwurzen, right next to the piste, tobogganing run and winter hiking trail, is one of the most stunning places to stop for refreshments. The glacier restaurant at the mountain station of the Dachstein glacier cable car is unique. Here guests can dine on the border between Upper Austria and Styria which runs through the location.
Further beautiful huts for the midday break are “Hochalm“ on the Reiteralm, “Knapplhütte” on Hauser Kaibling and “Onkel Willy’s Hütte” on Planai with their unique wood carvings. In the evening hours, the restaurants open their doors in the winter sports locations in the valley. “Johann – the Styrian restaurant” in Schladming impresses not only with its excellent food, but also its unusual ambience. “Die Tischlerei” in Roseggerstraße offers exquisite fine food.
In the late afternoon, the après ski party begins at the umbrella bars and huts in the valley. The liveliest is the “Hohenhaus Tenne” in the Planai stadium at the end of the run with the same name. One highlight for night owls is the “Taueralm” at the end of the illuminated Hochwurzen natural toboggan run. Skiing and snowboarding are possible until late evening under the spotlights – accompanied by live music, conversation and delicious Styrian specialities. The nightlife moves indoors later on, for example in the “Szenario” and in the “Cult Club” in Schladming, in the “Sport Alm” in Ramsau and the “Erlebniswelt” in Rohrmoos.
Away from the pistes there is always plenty to do in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area. How about a ride in a dog-drawn sled or on a fat-bike through the snow? The 7 km toboggan run on Hochwurzen is very popular with both adults and children. Especially romantic is night tobogganing on the illuminated run in the evening hours. A real challenge is ice climbing frozen waterfalls. Several times a week introductory courses are offered in Schladming.
With tandem paragliding, the wonderful Dachstein region can be seen from a bird’s perspective. Alternatively, the 70 km of winter hiking trails in the ski area provide relaxing peace in the pristine winter landscape.
A must is a cable car ride on the Dachstein. The hanging bridge, the sky walk and the “Treppe ins Nichts” provide breathtaking views into the void. The magical Eispalast in the interior of the glacier is a visit into a unique world of ice and snow.
6) Locations in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area
In the heart of the ski area lies the winter sport resort of Schladming, known for the annual world championship race. There is excellent infrastructure for tourists with restaurants, cafés, bars and shopping that leave no wish unfulfilled. Adults find peace and recuperation in the sauna facilities in the Schladming water park while the children romp on the slides in the fun pool.
The neighbouring resort of Ramsau am Dachstein is well-known thanks to the Nordic ski world championship. Television viewers will know it as the film location of the ZDF series “Mountain Rescue”. Here and in the little communities such as Pichl at the foot of the Reiteralm, as well as in the house at the foot of Hauser Kalbling, things are a bit more luxurious. A visit to the winter sports museum in Haus-Aich-Gössenberg is like travelling back in time. The whole history of winter sports is shown here, from the earliest beginnings of humanity through to the high-tech skiing of today.
7) Arrival in the Schladming-Dachstein ski area
Its central position in the heart of Austria and the good transport links make the Schladming-Dachstein ski area an easily accessible destination. From Germany, the route from Munich via Salzburg is via the Tauern motorway A10 in a southerly direction. At exit 63 (Graz/Slovenia) the A320 (E651) should be taken to Schladming.
The journey by rail is also child’s play. From Munich there is a direct EuroCity connection to Graz, with a stop at Schladming. Many other connections just require a single change in Salzburg or Bischofshofen. Many hotels in Schladming and Ramsau provide a shuttle service from the station.
The nearest airport is Salzburg, just 90 km away. From here the onward journey is by rail or private taxi service.
8) Weather, snow depths and webcams of Schladming-Dachstein
Want to check and see if the sun is shining in the ski area? SnowTrex provides information about the weather and snow depths, and also gives you the chance to view webcams images.