If you choose to ski Schladming/Planai in Austria, you'll have 30km close to home and the huge Ski Amadé area with over 860km linked pistes. This is one of the 'undiscovered' ski resorts, a traditional Austrian Alpine village from a medieval era.
Located south of Salzburg, ski Schladming for it's 170kms of piste and access to the massive Ski Amadé region - 25 resorts in five different ski regions. The beautiful medieval town dates back to 1322, and can be reached easily from either Salzburg or Munich - there are connections by bus or taxi from the airport to Salzburg train station.
On the slopes
Ski Schladming and get well groomed and manicured slopes that are mostly for beginners and lower intermediates. The lift system has modern chairlifts and has been designed well. Beginners can find slopes to occupy them in Schladming ski resort as the Planai nursery areas are extremely good with some gentle blues. The lower slopes of Rohrmoos are also good for beginners. Intermediates are also well looked after with some cruisy pistes and long runs such as the 5km FIS run and the 8km Hochwurzen valley run.
Close to home there's two world-class downhill runs of 5kms each. The Planai boasts a couple of very bumpy black runs and the Hauser Kaibling hosts rounds of the World Cup Women's Downhill. So you see there's something for everyone. There are four lift-connected mountains (the 4-Hills Ski Area) with summits of between 1850m and 2015m, and with the Dachstein glacier at 2700m there's usually good coverage. Snowboarders will find three half-pipes and plenty of wide-open pistes as well as the superb Hochwurzen playground and the Burton Super Park on the Dachstein glacier .
If you ski Schladming you are also in the ski region of Ski Amadé.
Off the slopes
There are various options for accommodation, with over 3,500 beds in this ski resort, all nestled around a traditional town centre. The slopes are convenient, within a five-minute walk of the town centre, and when you're done for the day you'll find good restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Other activities available include a natural ice rink for skating and curling, moonlight toboggan runs, ice-climbing, paragliding and snowshoeing. If you want to relax, you'll find a swimming pool and solarium.