Ski in style at Schladming. They also do not forget about children

The center of the Schladming-Dachstein ski area, which is part of the Ski amadé area, is the beautiful town of Schladming. From there, skiers can descend the hill past four north-oriented peaks, and therefore the snow here is firm and easy to ride even in the afternoon. The trails in the Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm mountains are of similar difficulty, mostly red and are ideal for skiers who like sportier descents, but also like to take their time to enjoy them.

Despite the fact that the center is modern, well-maintained and therefore very busy, they don’t forget about children either. There are many trails in the area that are suitable for the little ones, who can have fun here in a few days and have fun in the local parks. For example, in the Gallic village of Galsti Kinderland, inspired by Asterix, Obelix and their Roman juices.

Many training slopes and a children’s park are also located in the vicinity of the village of Ramsau which also has its own slopes. It’s not a large area, but it’s an ideal place for those who also want to go cross-country skiing. More than two hundred cross-country trails of varying lengths and difficulties lead from here.

Skiers have nothing to fear. There is a lot of snow in large mountain resorts


Likewise, there are more intimate resorts around Schladming, there is something for everyone to choose from. These include, for example, the Galsterbegalm region, where the aforementioned Gallic village is located, but also Riesneralm and Planneralm, which, unlike the swings at Schladming, have less crowded slopes. Since the area is part of the Ski amadé area, you can use one ski pass and try your hand at skiing in different places.

However, visitors shouldn’t miss the Dachstein itself, where there is a large snow park and several other trails. But you can easily take off your skis here and walk along the Sky Walk suspension bridge and down to a viewpoint called the Stairway to Nothingness. The big attraction is a walk through the vast ice caves on Mount Krippenstein.

Climb up, then down

If kid-friendly trails, driving distances and accessibility are defining factors for you, Saalachtal in Salzburg is also one of the many ideal areas. A warm approach to the family plays an important role here, as well as affordable ski trails or clear hills, suitable not only for beginners, but also for those who need to remember skiing after a long time. It is said to be the friendliest resort in Austria.

Saalachtal comprises the municipalities of Unken, Lofer, St. Martin and Weißbach in the northern Pinzgau region. Then, for example, you can go skiing in the Almenwelt Lofer area, which has only 46 kilometers of pistes, but the advantage, apart from good visibility, is that it is also not crowded. However, the slopes can also be explored elsewhere which can be explored in one ski pass.


The Saalachtal area tends to be less visited.

At Saalachtal, there’s no need to focus solely on downhill skiing. You can also enjoy sledding here, which is sure not to be underestimated even by adults; sometimes it’s quite the adrenaline rush. There is, for example, the Hochalm nature sled at Heutal, to the start line of which you must first go. Although not a difficult path, it still takes about an hour and a half to reach the top. But you’ll enjoy the descent more after the effort.

You can then go into the heart of nature wearing snowshoes. You’ll find easy loop routes, but also more challenging hikes with large elevation gains. It depends on what you want from your trip and your physical condition.

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Camilla Salazar

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