Schladming / Dachstein Guide

Considering buying a ski property in Schladming-Dachstein? Check out this resort guide for a summary of year-round activities and places of interest!

Fairytale-like rustic alpine resort set amidst dramatic mountain scenery with waterfall and pristine alpine lakes where opportunities for summer and winter activities abound. Thanks to the convenient location, holiday homes are very popular and have great rental income potential. Domus Global has a selection of superb ski apartments for sale in the area, close to ski runs. 

  • Elevation up to 2700m
  • Total ski runs 123km (black 12 / red 81 / blue 67) plus extra runs in smaller centres
  • Lifts 88
  • Cross-country trails 220km
  • Hiking trails 1,000km including 19 via ferrattas
  • Biking trails 930km
  • Five golf courses 
  • Transport Links: By car 1h from Salzburg Airport, 2h from Klagenfurt Airport, 2h from Innsbruck Airport and 2h30 from Munich Airport

Don’t miss: With its long climbing tradition dating over 150 years, Schladming-Dachstein is a real paradise for summiteers. The area counts 19 via ferratas (climbing route protected by a steel cable running along the route) ranging from children-friendly to the “Superferrata”, the longest such route in the Alps, so that everyone can find the perfect climbing path suited to his/her needs.

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Resort Overview

Nestled between the southern wall of the Dachstein Glacier and the Schladminger Tauern mountain range, the Schladming-Dachstein area comprises seven picturesque sport centres and is a definition of the original rustic Austrian charm with stunning mountain scenery, Styrian hospitality and boundless activities on offer in summer and winter stretching from world-class skiing and snowboarding, hiking in pristine landscapes with a milk pitstop at a hillfarm to more high-pressure sports like rope-walking or paragliding. Property buyers have snapped up some superb properties in this area recently given its rustic charm and solid investment potential. 

Winter Season & Ski

The “Schladming 4-Mountain Ski Area” covers the main four skiing centres (the Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm) to create a single fully interconnected skiing area with 123km of pistes and makes part of the larger “Ski Amade” ski resort alliance (760km). In addition to these, there are some smaller centres including the Riesneralm – Donnersbachwald area or the Dachstein Glacier which offers alpine and cross-country skiing until early summer and some fantastic panoramas from its 2700m altitude. Difficulty level of ski runs in the area is varied, so everyone from families to experts can find their perfect piste. Each resort also offers some unique experiences such as the “Black Quartett” run in Reiteralm dropping at 80%, night-sledding on the 7km-long sledding trail in Hochwurzen or the kids’ cross-country ski park in Ramsau. The towns host a variety of world sport events such as the 2013 Alpine Ski World Championship, the 2017 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup or the eagerly expected Men’s World Cup Nigh Slalom in 2019.  

Summer Season

With 1000km of hiking paths, 930km of cycling trails, 5 golf courses and 19 via ferratas, you will never get bored in Schladming-Dachstein. With the Dachstein Glacier as backdrop, over 100 waterfalls and 300 mountain lakes, the summer countryside is breathtaking and an ideal place to unwind and have some quality family time. Multi-day hikes are popular as the hillfarming tradition is very much alive in the area and gives hikers the opportunity to experience the local way of life and children fun activities such as animal feeding or hay making. Bikers can enjoy the 20 signposted biker routes leading through the region. If you like to experience something extraordinary, you could try one of the high-rope walking courses or rafting tours. The region’s “Summercard” will let you enjoy a great variety of activities, from boat rides to cave visits, for a fraction of the original price. 

Food Scene

The Schladming-Dachstein area has plenty of delicatessen which are specific to the region, including the “Ennstaler Steirerkas”, a spicy sour milk cheese with only 0.5% fat, or the Edelbrand schnapps. Snacking on a Keiserschmarrn with buttermilk at an organic hillfarm, you can be sure about the quality and authenticity of these products. Food festivals and farmers’ markets are the top spots to taste and nibble some of these foodie treasures. And the dining is not just about rustic taverns as the après-ski scene is vibrant and fine dining spots not hard to come by. 

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