Schladming Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Schladming Ski Resort
February 03, 2016
Johno from United Kingdom
It's a good resort but slopes can suffer on the bottom 3rd if there is a lack of snow. Efficient lifts and a good mix of tree lined runs. It is an intermediate resort; not great for beginners. Take the gondola back down to resort level if snow is poor. Great apres-ski; cheap food and beer. A pint of Schladminger is great. Restaurants in the mountains are the best and the night slope sledging on the Hochwurzen is a must; absolutely brilliant! You just have to be lucky with the weather.
Overall: 4.6. Based on 16 votes and 37 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Schladming.
Public Transport: 4.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Schladming, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Schladming, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.3
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Schladming.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Schladming, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Schladming is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Schladming relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Schladming, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Schladming are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Schladming is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.4
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Schladming, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Schladming usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.7
(1) The staff at Schladming are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Schladming are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Schladming has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Schladming, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Schladming, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Schladming, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Schladming has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.9
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.6
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.7
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.7
(1) Overall, Schladming is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Schladming is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 09, 2015
Paul Smith from United Kingdom
We are a group of 5 adults, all intermediate/advanced who usually visit the super-resorts of France. Not any more; Schladming is the new favourite. Extensive well-groomed pistes, efficient lifts, astonishingly reasonable food and drink prices in town and on the mountain. Add a little Austrian charm, friendly locals and good spacious accommodation, and it makes me wonder why I would ever go back to France.
February 04, 2015
Clive Goodhead from United Kingdom
My family and I have visited Rohrmoos for nearly 30 years, staying at the Alpenhotel Schwaigerhof and using Tritscher's ski school. Both are outstanding, especially for families. I love the pistes on Hochwurzen but the range elsewhere in the linked Ski Amade is fantastic. For the more adventurous there are the world cup run on Planai and wide slopes on Reiteralm, all reachable on skis. The views to the Dachstein mountains, to the north, are simply stunning. Just go! I am heading there next week and can't wait.
March 25, 2014
steve from United Kingdom
I loved it. Skiing good, sun shining, apres: the best and cheep beer.
February 15, 2014
Jean-Daniel from France
I stayed in Schladming, during 8 days, from the 20th to the 28th of January 2014.
It's a good ski resort and ski area for people who like still feeling in a city :
-extra wide, well groomed and pretty easy slopes, with ski canons on most of them.
-a lot of facilities in the resort and the ski area : entertainments for families, speakers with pop/cheesy music on few slopes, a lot of restaurants/apres-ski clubs everywhere. The ski area looks like an amusement park !
-very modern and efficient ski lifts (most of the chairlifts have a protective bubble, which is pretty rare in France!)
-all of the ski area is under 2000m, which guarantees to not have too much cold and wind. And most of the slopes are in the forest. Thus, it's a good ski area for skiing when it's snowy.
But, if after a long year of working in London, you wish to lose yourself there and to approach the nature still more, you will be very disappointed :
-the ski resort is in a very low valley and all of the ski area is under 2000 meters.
And Schladming looks a bit like a city, even more because there is not snow every time in the resort (it's too low). Even if the weather is colder than in France, it stays a low/middle mountain region and thus the landscape is a bit "banal" compared to Swiss and France (ok, there is the Dachsteingletsher, but it's not really interesting for skiing and it's more than 30 minutes away by bus).
There is a lot of people everywhere on the slopes even if you don't really queue to get the lifts (and my holidays was in the middle of January, not the most busy period !)
-the ski area is totally inappropriate for good skiers: no sporting challenge!
-there are too many people on the slopes to get speed in carving skiing.
-there are almost no mogul fields, and all of the black slopes are very easy (compare to France and Austria).
-the off-piste ski area is very narrow: there is a good 200 meters gap north face from the Gipfel in Hauser Kaibling, and the "secret slope", but not really more. And the famous "Edelgriesskar", in Dachstein, is not in good condition very often (south side of the valley).
-the daily ski pass costs 46€, which is about 20% more than in France, compared to this type of ski area (you pay for the very good ski lifts and the amusement park!).
February 10, 2013
Mountain Dog from United Kingdom
To another reviewer. You've clearly been unlucky with Schladming and obviously like Austria but your points on the altitude are valid.
Try Ischgl, it's big! It also ticks all your boxes, probably has the best lift system in the Alps, has 90% of it's skiing between 2,000-2,870m on predominently north facing slopes, has better apres-ski than St Anton and is massively cheaper than the mega French resorts. You won't be disappointed.
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January 03, 2013
Peter from France
I really cannot understand why anyone would enjoy this resort. I admit that there are some nice slopes, the town is ok and the lifts are perfect. But come on, lets admit it openly, a ski resort with a base at 700 meters and summit at less than 1900 meters can't pretend to be a top ski resort. For a third year in a row we are experiencing very high temperature and rain in January which is absolutely ridiculous. Planning another trip to Schladming looks too risky for me so this year I am going somewhere higher up where I am sure that I am not going to be waterskiing.
November 13, 2012
Andy Leivers from Austria
It's mid November and the Planai top slopes are open already due to the early snow plus the abundant snow making machines. With the world championships being held in Schladming this coming Jan/Feb it's going to be an awesome year to be on the Austrian slopes!
April 06, 2012
Lesley from Australia
Fantastic. Came from Australia with a group of 6 in January. Were the only Aussies in the resort which was great. Fantastic snow, great food and service on the mountain and at the Post Hotel which we would highly recommend. We all skied all day but still came home fatter!! Also really, really cheap. Apart from the flights it was half the cost and twice the fun as skiing Australia. Can't fault it. An awesome holiday.
April 04, 2012
Peter from France
So how great is Schladming? The average temperature in the last few weeks has been something like 10 degrees celsius and it is raining regularly. It's ridiculous. And this is not an exception lately. Same thing happened to us last year (in January!). This resort may have been good years ago when it was ok to have a resort at 750 m above sea level. Nowadays anything less that 1300 -1400 m (base) and 2600m (top) is simply not good enough. So head to the higher Austrian resorts (Solden, Sport Gestein), or, even better, to the really high resorts in France and Switzerland (Tignes, Val Thorens, Saas-Fee, Les 2 Alpes).