Schladming – in the embrace of alpine beauties
Over the last decade tourism in Styria has undergone a swift development. Schladming is a big skiing centre, the scene of the best slalom races of the season as well as other internationally renowned sports competitions. We can say without a doubt that the tourist development of Schladming is a success story and we are certain that that will also be the case in the future. Sporting events, on which they have built extensively, have contributed mostly to the success. The constant investment in tourism and tourist infrastructure, which has been mostly private and because of that well thought through and pointed in the right direction, is a definite recipe for success.
Even in the skiing superpower that is Austria, Schladming offers one of the most sophisticated skiing infrastructures. Almost all the day skiers will tell you that it is impossible to cover all the slopes in one day. Schladming-Dachstein boasts an enviable amount of slopes and together with the four skiing regions (Salzburger Sportwelt, Gastein, Hochkönig and Großarltal) it offers 760 kilometres of runs, 270 ski lifts and 90% of them can be artificially snowed with a snow system that is one of the most modern in Europe and is controlled by satellite.
Because the ground is so rich in ore, previously the region was mostly populated by miners. Mining activity started to flourish and there were over 1,500 miners working in the vicinty of Schladming, which was quite a lot for the time. The rich natural deposits of silver, copper, lead, cobalt and nickel were the reason why the destination got back up on its feet. A major transformation for the city was in 1865, when the region’s first railway was built. It was then that tourism started to develop and expand its borders from one year to the next.
“Schladming is not just skiing”
even though the former mining town of Schladming rose to fame because of its modern winter-sport centre, a facility that was thoroughly renovated for the FIS World Cup in 2013.
The biggest and best known skiing centre in Styria lies in the valley of Enns river, 745 metres above sea level. The landscape is defined by the Dachstein mountain chain, which covers more than 10 peaks at an altitude of 2,500 metres. The glacier in the background is also known as one of the biggest in the northern Alps. The diverse terrain, many pastures and meadows and the mighty forests under the Dachstein massif are all part of the amazing experience value of the destination, which has been attracting tourists and from the turn of the century onwards.
Schladming is home to the most attractive sports activities, but their offer is too extensive to list them all. We have tried to capture some of the best ideas and activities for you:
Skywalk bridge – An adrenaline bridge that spans 366 metres above the Dachstein glacier and will test participants’ nerves – as long as they are not afraid of heights!
Mountain Go Kart – The Mountain Gokart is a newly developed device that makes go-karting so much fun. The wide tyres and good disc brakes offer a sense of security right from the beginning of the 7km route. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes for you to arrive at the bottom of the valley at the Gipfelbahn base station.
The biggest zipline in Europe – Gröbming is a 2.5km long zipline, where you are in a parallel race with your partner. The four wire ropes change altitude by 700 metres and the fastest ones will fly down the zipline at up to 115km/h.
E-bike – Climbing mountains with a smile on your face. Take it easy and have fun conquering the unique mountain world on modern e-bikes from Energie Steiermark.