Skiing in Schladming

Country: Austria

In a nutshell: A lovely medieval town with a decent sized and intermediate-friendly ski area

We Like: 

  • The pedestrianised town centre is charming and very pretty, with a great selection of shops and restaurants
  • There is some wonderful skiing for intermediates, especially for those who like well groomed woodland runs
  • As the area is four lift-linked but separate mountains, you get a great sense of travelling

We don’t like:

  • Very little challenging skiing for experts
  • There’s not much variety in the slopes
  • The town and most of the skiing is at a low altitude, which can impact snow quality in early and late season. Given the Eastern location of Schladming, this is less of an issue than in low-altitude resorts in France though.


  • Resort altitude: 750m
  • Highest lift: 1,900m
  • Lowest piste: 750m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport:
    • Salzburg: 1h
    • Munich: 3h
    • Innsbruck: 3h
  • Number of lifts: 45
  • Number of runs:
    • Blue: 14
    • Red: 26
    • Black: 1
  • Ski area size: Moderate – 195km of piste


  • Apres ski
  • Family friendly
  • Traditional charm
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for snowboarders
  • Great for foodies
  • Great for non-skiers


Schladming is a lovely town set below the Dachstein Alps, with a very distinctive feel when compared to other Austrian resorts. Set around a medieval centre with mainly stone buildings, it is quite different to the wooden farm buildings typical in Austrian ski resorts. There is a great range of shops, some wonderful restaurants, and a very relaxed and friendly vibe.

The large ski area is spread across four different mountains, all linked by ski lifts. With most of the skiing below 2000m, mainly down wooded slopes, most of which are at a perfect gradient for intermediate skiers. There are some wonderful views, and with almost all of the skiing below the tree line, the skiing is still great when the weather closes in.

When skiing the Schladming are you get a real sense of travel and going from A to B, the only real downsides being the lack of challenging skiing for experts and the lack of variety in runs, The ski pass also includes access to the Dachstein glacier ski area, which has high altitude skiing and a large snowpark for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.