Schladming surprised us positively. We had only heard of Schladming in connection with the World Cup, but after being there for a few days on a ski holiday we can definitely recommend this place. The city itself is probably not one of the prettiest in the Alps. The architecture is a bit industrial and sad, but it the slightly hidden old town is actually quite cozy and with pretty buildings.
The strength of Schladming, however, is the ski resort and après-ski. The ski resort is state of the world with new lifts and little queue. The slopes are well developed with artificial snow, which ensures good conditions far beyond spring.
Schladming is located in Salzburger Land, about 1.5 hours’ drive from Salzburg. The season usually lasts from the start of November until the 1st weekend in May.
To get to Schladming it is very nice to fly to Salzburg or Munchen. We usually fly Norwegian to Salzburg, and take a pre-booked taxi to Obertauern. If you are more than 3-4 people, this will pay off versus choosing public transport. It has been possible for some seasons to buy charter travel to Schladming.
We stayed at a small guest house, Pension Walcher right next to the bottom station at Planai and thought this was absolutely great. Only 2 minutes walk to the elevator.
At Planai is also the largest Après Ski chalet in Europe, Hohenhaus Tenne. Here it is full drive as only Austrians can it from 15 on until bedtime. Recommended!!! Read more on our page about Après Ski.
When visiting Schladming, it is also mandatory to visit Schafalm. A nice chalet with an insane atmosphere. Here live music runs all winter. Watch footage below. Just remember not to drink too much, as the slopes down to the bottom are long and tough…