2014/15 New year skiing in the Alps
Schladming is a small - former - mining town in the Austrian state of Styria, that is now very popular with tourists. It has become a large winter sports resort and has held various skiing competitions recently. The shopping area has lots of cafes, restaurants and a variety of shops and caters well for tourists.
As of 2001, the town has a population of 4,570.
The main mountain is the Planai. It has a six seater gondola from bottom to top with a middle station in between. The Planai consists of many "red" runs and the competition black, there are many "blue" slopes for beginners but generally the Planai is an intermediate to expert mountain. The Hochwurzen is the other main mountain in Schladming. It has three main red runs off the four man chair lift and a sledge run. This mountain is better suited to more experienced boarders and skiers. It is a good mountain for snowboarding as it has a lot of jumps and a few rails and boxes. There is a fifteen man gondola which goes in groups of five to the top. There are many enjoyable off-piste runs on both the Hochwurzen and the Planai. There are two main ski operators, who currently operate on Planai, Hochwurzen and surrounding mountains the first being Tritscher Ski School, named after Franz Tritscher. The other is Hopl taking its name from the two mountains, HOchwurzen and PLanai.