Walking, hiking and skiing are the basic ingredients of a holiday in the Schladming – Dachstein region. Mighty peaks and cozy mountain restaurants welcome visitors throughout the year – be it for a summer break of mountain biking and hiking or for a ski break in winter. Varied holidays are ensured at any of the towns and valleys that are part of the Schladming – Dachstein area: Ennstal, Grimming, Donnersbach, Lassing and the Sölktäler Nature Reserve. Activities include adventurous whitewater rafting tours, paragliding and challenging rock-climbing tours. In winter the popular Hauser Kaibling, Reiteralm, Planai and Hochwurzen ski areas attract snow sports enthusiasts of all ages and ambitions. Schladming is part of the Ski amadé lift-linked ski area, which offers more than 700 kilometers of skiable terrain for skiing and snowboarding novices and pros alike.
The impressive limestone walls of Dachstein Glacier and the mighty peaks of the Schladminger Tauern mountain range are highly popular among passionate hikers, climbers, and outdoor buffs in general. Some 1,000 kilometers of way-marked trails make the Schladming – Dachstein area a prime destination when it comes to walking and hiking in Austria. In addition, there are eight climbing routes, some 500 kilometers of trails for mountain biking and cycling, as well as 40 routes for Nordic walking. Four golf courses ensure exercise and fun down in the valley. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy whitewater rafting and paragliding.
You should neither be fainthearted nor suffer from vertigo if you are going to visit the Dachstein Sky Walk viewing platform, which grants unrivaled views over the Alps. Natural must-sees in the area include more than 300 lovely mountain lakes just perfect for a refreshing soak on a hot summer’s day. Putterer See and Ramsau-Beach rank among the most beautiful lakes for bathing. The Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card is available for visitors from 950 member businesses (hotels and other accommodation) and entitles to discounted tickets for public pools, lakes, mountain transport, etc.
Nine ski areas form the Dachstein - Schladming region and make every skier’s heart beat faster! First of all, the Schladming Dachstein area is part of Ski amadé, Austria’s largest lift-linked ski area with a total of 760 kilometers of slopes and 270 uphill facilities. In addition, the Dachstein Glacier and a number of smaller ski areas, such as Galsterbergalm and Stoderzinken, offer perfect conditions and all the facilities appreciated especially by families. The Ennstal Valley is home to the Schladminger 4-Berge-Skischaukel: The popular ski areas of Hauser Kaibling, Reiteralm, Planai and Hochwurzen are linked by slopes and ski lifts. More than 50 mountain restaurants and pubs welcome skiers for meals and refreshments.
However, the Schladming area also has a lot to offer when it comes to off-piste activities: Visitors may enjoy backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, snowshoe and winter walking, cross-country skiing, sledging and ice skating! For an extra adrenaline rush during your winter break in the Schladming – Dachstein area try the Stoderzinken zip-line, or head for Dachstein for a walk across the suspension bridge and down the ‘Stairway to Nothingness’, fourteen descending steps off a cliff.