An Investment totalling Euro 23 Million which includes cable cars, ski slopes and car park is being made at Schladming Planai & Hochzuren reinforcing this resort's standing as one of the leading ski venues in Austria. Already well known for World Cup Downhill and Slalom events, Schladming Planai is proud of its investment programme which has guests very much in mind.
Last winter saw the largest single investment in tourist infrastructure - euro 11million - at Schladming for the provision of a "state-of-the-art" new gondola system known as "Golden Jet".
The Golden Jet majestically crosses the Talbach Gorge at a comfortable height. All suggestions which the company received in regular guest surveys were taken into full consideration. Time saved: It used to take 18 minutes using two chair lifts; now one is transferred from the Golden Jet lower terminus (opposite the new hospital) into the middle of the Planai ski region (Kessler Alp) in 7 minutes.p The new Golden Jethits the spot from a guests viewpoint. It means more than the construction of a cable way, it represents the creation of a second means of transfer to the Planai and is part of the resort's plans for the Ski World Cup in 2011 or 2013.
This winter's investment in the Planai car park providing 457 parking slots and access to the slopes from each of the six floors will mean guests at Schladming no longer need to search local streets for somewhere to park!
The new "Sun Jet" gondola at Hochwurzen takes over from three chairs. Yes, incredible as it seems you get three chairs followed by a cabin or gondola which enables less experienced winter sports enthusiasts or families to take a more comfortable ride in the gondola rather than on a normal chair! The lift also provides direct connection to four other slopes and indeed means there is less time hanging around for uphill transport.
Both ski mountains at Schladming - Planai and Hochwurzen are renowned throughout Styria and being on the border with neighbouring SalzburgerLand and the vast Ski Amade ski region it will prove very attractive to British skiers.
Salzburg Super Ski Card
This offers over 2,200km of freedom and pure skiing enjoyment on virtually all slopes in the SalzburgerLand. The Card is accepted in all of the 23 major ski regions of the SalzburgerLand and neighbouring areas. You can take advantage of season passes or you pick-the-day options available between November 2008 and May 3, 2009 so that you can get out and ski whenever the mood takes you and the weather permits. You can enjoy passing through the lift turnstiles using the very latest Card technology.
The centre of the Schladming 4-mountain ski swing provides 52 lifts and 117 kilometres of pisted slopes. The area is covered by 612 artificial snow machines ensuring more than adequate cover in even the poorest of winters. These new era snow-making machines can create a base snow layer within 4/5 days and can bring forward the start of the ski season at Planai to the end of October. The resort enjoys a 7km-long toboggan run (day and night) at Hochwurzen as well as 24 ski lodges spaced around the mountains.
Children are extremely well catered for in the Ski Amade region and they can ski at discounted prices of up to 35 per cent discount every weekend throughout the season.
Ski Amade is Austria's largest ski region embracing 25 villages, 860km of downhill piste and 270 lifts. Throughout the season there are special package offers for energetic ladies, active families and now for those 60 years of age or older! There are packages including select accommodation for 7-days and a 6-day lift pass, test the latest skis for a day and visit some of the other ski villages outside Schladming in the Ski Amade region.
Finally, for lovers of good food and wine you should follow the Styrian "Genuss-Specht" (woodpecker figure) where you find local cuisine dishes on the menu for as little as euro 8.90. These include: Fleischkrapfen (meat dish) with sauerkraut); Grandma's Kaiserschmarrn (strips of pancake with sugar and raisins); and crispy marinated pot roast pork. Mouthwatering.
So after an excellent day on the slopes, an excellent evening by a blazing log fire and the warmth of a local restaurant. A perfect skiing holiday!
But if you are on holiday at Schladming and in search of real excitement there is nothing better than to stand at the bottom of the Men's World Cup Floodlit Race and watch international stars hurtle down the steep slopes of Planai in an attempt to be first. Throughout the winter season there are no fewer than 10 other large events on the Planai, each one watched by up to 50,000 fans.
Just to top it all, Schladming has been chosen the host the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 2013 (the second time Schladming has been selected) so if you want to get out on the slopes ahead of the world champions make sure of an early booking for your holiday.