Austria a popular winter destination offering excellent skiing and winter sports resorts
, spectacular scenery, pretty towns and villages
. There are resorts catering for skiers and non skiers alike.
The resort of Schladming in the province of Styria dates back to medieval times. It is a charming town and has a great character, it is ideal for those people looking for some tranquillity. The resort does get busy at the height of the ski season.
If you are planning a holiday break
with young children there is good day care available for children from 4 years old, the ski schools offer instruction to the same age groups and have English speaking instructors. To get the most out of your winter break, ski and snow conditions here are better at the end of December to early March.
Schladming lies in the midst of the Dachstein Mountain region, the Schladming-Ramsau/Dachstein region has seven ski areas that can easily be reached in one of the free local buses that run in the main season. Much of the skiing in Schladming is more suitable for the intermediate and advanced skier.
Beginners will find the lower slopes of Rohrmoos most suitable for them. There are several gentle blue runs on the Planai nursery slopes also; the gentle slopes offer the opportunity to practise techniques and skills.
Intermediate skiers have plenty of choice with over 160kms of pistes this area is first class for you. Advanced skiers will enjoy the 5kms downhill runs in the Sport Region Schladming area. The Dachstein Glacier is also accessible to you. Snowboarding is popular here with excellent terrain on the Hauser Kaibling Mountain. There is a good snowboard school where you can learn and improve your skills.
There is approximately 160kms of pistes (Sport Region Schladming) with 22 blue, 40 red, and 8 black runs. The longest run is just under 8kms and there are about 150kms of cross country trails.
The resort has plenty of activities to try if you are a non skier. The outdoor ice-rink which is illuminated at night provides plenty of fun and enjoyment, perfect in the middle of winter.
Sleigh riding is a popular excursion, why not take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around the area and take pleasure in the natural beauty surrounding you. You can book a snowmobile guided tour which can be fun and exciting, details for these can be found in many of the shops in the town.
You may want to rent some snow shoes and try snow walking, this is an ideal way to explore the nearby areas and to stop and admire the beautiful scenery. You can have guided snow walking tours or if you prefer you can take off on your own. There are also numerous hiking trails if you are interested which is an excellent way to see and explore the region The local tourist office is very helpful and will be able to supply details on excursions, accommodation etc.
The resort has a good range of restaurants serving international and traditional food, plus cafes where you can enjoy pizzas, burgers, light snacks, coffee and pastries.
Après ski is cosmopolitan and fairly lively with a variety of bars and some discos, the bars have a friendly atmosphere.
Schladming is about 60 miles from Salzburg
, you may want to consider a bus or train excursion to Salzburg, and you will see some fantastic scenery along the way. Schladming has plenty to offer its visitors, transfer time from Salzburg is approximately 1hr 15 minutes.