Austria: Schladming-Dachstein – Different Winter Joys
Everybody who loves skiing the region of Schladming-Dachstein is the thing. Situated in the heart of Austria (Styria) the region has many events to offer as well as perfect downslopes as well as cross country tracks. But this is hardly everything!
The area of Schladming-Dachstein became famous for holding such events like World Championship in Alpine skiing in 1982 and 2013, Pralympic Olympic Games of 1993, Nordic World Ski Championship of 1995 so no wonder it made it to TOP 5 tourist regions in the Alps. It is really easy to get there from Slovakia or the Czech Republic. We came upon a decision to introduce you the region and perhaps be inspiration for you to visit it.
Schladming-Dachstein boasts of fascinating nature and state of the art ski infrastructure. The resorts spreads over four famous mountains – Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen a Reiteralm.
Another resorts within this famous skiing territory are the ski resort of Fageralm, the region of Ramsau am Dachstein, Dachstein glacier, Ski Galsterberg, Stoderzinken, Riesneralm and Planneralm. They guarantee snow in every locality, good ski service and other kind of services. More importantly there are 230 of perfect donwslopes, 412 kilometers of cross country tracks, 88 state of the art ski tows, and 98 wonderful ski cottages. Moreover there are slopes adjusted for families with children, or ski schools. Accommodation is affordable.
You can even plan your vacation in way that apart from doing sports you would manage to visit important events – the Preliminary winter sport games 2016 that are going to take place between January 10 and 15, 2016. These games are the preliminary organizational even to Special Winter Olympics 2017. Also, you can visit a farmers’ market which is at the highest situated farmers’ market in the Alps. This event is going to take place on March 13, 2016. Local producers are going to offer local products and cuisine. These are only some tips how to spend your free time there.
Those who love winter tourism may look forward to snow-covered winter landscape and mountains. You can get hardly lost in Schladming-Dachstain because tourist markings are really well done. Moreover, wi-fi network is easy to access, by the way it is one of the largest in Austria. It means you can share your experience with your friends for free. As one says – a picture is worth thousand words. Therefore try to enjoy your vacation or winter holidays bit differently.
Text: Oskár Mažgút, Schladming-Dachstein.at
Source and photo: Schladming-Dachstein, © Herbert Raffalt (title photo), © by photos
If you love skiing and snowboarding and you are not beginners, then go to Kitzsteinhorn. It is a glacier in the Alpes in the Hohe Tauern. Snow is there all year long. Kitzsteinhorn is 3203 meters high and situated to the north from the highest mountain in Austria - Grossglockner.
The winter is here but there is not much snow in our country. If you are not satisfied with our pistes covered with artificial snow then go to the Alps.
The highest peak of Dachstein is called Hoher Dachstein. It is a massive mountain rising to 2 995 m. You can find it above sleep southern slopes. You can reach the glacier are below the summit either by walking from the northwest (usually from Adamek Hütte and Simony Hütte). You will go along ferratas along the southern slope. Or you can take the Südwandbahn cable car (as we mentioned in our previous articles).
We are at Südwandblick, a resting area at 2510 meters. We have just written our names into the summit book of records. Now we can go on and we are still not at our final destination. Through C/D section we got atop a terrace at high altitude. There you can barely reach rope on the wall separating you from the abyss (if you are not tall). The trail from here is, however, easy. The height however is awesome.
Der Johann is the king of all Dachstein ferratas (klettersteig). This is thanks to its location, difficulty and the lenght. It easy to access. Red dots mark it all the way. I tis recommended to park your car at the bottom station of the Dachstein Südwandbahn cable car. Once there, set off to the righ along the cables in the direction upwards to Südwand Hütte. You get under the cables when the trail swerves westards. In 40 minutes of walk you get to beautiful stone paved trail. However, you just go around it. By following the directions you will move in the northwest direction and there you board the klettersteig after an hour of walk.
The northwest of Dachsteinu is characteristic for raising slightly. There are also glaciers. You can’t get to the top no other way than going on your own (there are no cable cars). The western part of Dachstein has only one large mountain cabin Adamek Hütte (2 196 m n. m.), ke které se nejlépe dostanete od Gosausee (10 minutes by car from Gosau village). I tis a beautiful lake great for taking a swim shielded by two thousand meters high mountains in the south.
Austria is a typical mountain country mostly consisting of the Eastern Alps. Austrian Alpine terrain is typical for vast mountain ranges divided by deep valleys and mountains steeply declining to valleys.
Dachstein massif can be accessed from any direction. There are many advantages to every of them. The most popular are cable cars (we told you about them in the first part of the series). Dachstein Südwandbahn is a cable car in the south. It takes you almost one kilmoeter up above the clouds in just ten minutes. There is a restaurant at the upper cable car station. You can find it on the top of Hunerkogel mountain.
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