One of the resorts that makes up the Ski Amadé ski alliance, Schladming is ideal for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders…
You can choose between four different mountains on ski holidays in Schladming.
Planai has some great slopes for beginners, but can get crowded at busy times, while Hochwurzen is where you will find the 4.7 mile Hochwurzen Valley run that will leave even the fittest skiers with aching legs if they do it in one go.
Hauser Kaibling, meanwhile, hosts rounds of the World Cup Women's Downhill competition, making it better for more advanced skiers and boarders.
There are more beginner slopes closer down towards resort in the Rohrmoos area.
The region - Dachstein Tauern - also includes the Dachstein Glacier, which is ideal for when the snow cover is less than perfect (even though 90% of the Planai and Hochwurzen pistes are covered by snowmaking facilities).
All in all, it is a great area for intermediates, who will love the numerous, well-groomed red runs and the new lifts put in for Schladming to host the World Ski Championships in 2013. Potential downsides include that most of the runs are north facing, which is good for the snow, but can make them cold and shady in the early part of the season.
Experts are also less well catered for, with only a few black runs to be found.
The good news is that those in search of more testing slopes can explore the rest of the Ski Amade region, which encompasses 865km of pistes, without buying a separate lift pass. The flipside, however, is that beginners have to buy the same pass, despite the fact that very few are likely to get full use out of it.
It takes just one hour to drive to Schladming from Salzburg airport, which is about 60 miles away...
There is also a train from Salzburg. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Munich, from where the transfer time is about two and a half hours.
The ski area around Schladming is a real winter wonderland for intermediate skiers and snowboarders...
There are better Austrian resorts for complete beginners, though, while experts may find the pistes closest to resort rather dull.
With attractive buildings and a cosmopolitan après-ski scene, Schladming is a friendly resort that won't break the bank...
Schladming boasts several lively après-ski bars; Siglu, Szenario and Hanglbar all come highly recommended. The town is also home to a variety of restaurants; Die Tischieri and Café Niederl are among those worth a visit while you are there. For food on the mountain, meanwhile, try Seiterhuette near the top of Hochwurzen.
Shoppers will enjoy browsing the stores in Schladming, while those after greater choice can also take a day trip to Salzburg, which is only about an hour away. Other in-resort activities include ice skating, curling and sleigh rides, and there is also an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts at your disposal.
Cost of living 8/10
The prices in Austria usually come as a nice surprise to those used to skiing in the French Alps, for example. And Schladming is no exception to this rule. You can buy a traditional, three-course meal for as little as €15 to €20, and the good news for skiers is that the prices in the mountain restaurants are similar to those in town.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Schladming is located in the beautiful Dachstein Mountain region in the Austrian province of Styria, so you shouldn't have any complaints about the views. The town, meanwhile, is old and cosy and has a traffic-free main square.