Dachstein-Tauern in Styria is one of the largest Austrian ski regions. Important competitions have been held here for several decades already. The resort gained international popularity in 1982 when World Alpine Skiing Championship was held in Schladming. World Cup men’s stage (night slalom) is held annually on Planai trail in Schladming and womens’s one (Super giant downhill) - on Hauser Kaibling trail in Haus im Ennstal. Ramsau-am-Dachstein – international year-round training centre for cross country skiers, ski jumpers, biathletes and Nordic combination athletes and the place of these competitions. There is the Dachstein glacier above Ramsau at the elevation of 2700 m open for skiing all the year around. The length of cross country trails is over 300 km. It is not by chance that Dachstein-Tauern is called skiparadise even officially.
Over the last years the resort has been developing especially actively. Thus in 2004 four peaks were connected by lifts that substantially extended skiing region, some new cableways and restaurants appeared. Free ski buses go between all the resorts of the region.
Boisterous Schladming is the center of the region. Formerly silver, copper, and lead were recovered here, now the resort is prosperous due to its “white gold” – snow. Here the most famous trail Planai-FIS is laid (4600 m, elevation change 1100 m), it is especially difficult at the final section. In close proximity to it there are easy and intermediate trails going in the same direction (Wetmoosaabfahrt, Streicherabfahrt) and hummocky slope of Mitterhausalm.
For those who has not reached intermediate level yet there is a downhill trail (1200 m) laid from Planai lift station, finish electronic board shows skier’s speed and results reached by one of the Austrian champions.
Pichl is especially attractive for those who enjoy easy skiing, though there is Holzerabfahrt downhill trail on the sides of the nearest Reiteralm Mountain. Those who love virgin snow go to 2000 m elevation to the vast sides near Gasselhohe peak. Fageralm region starts 4 km away from Pichl, it is easy to get there by ski bus. One more reason of Pichl’s popularity is that Reiteralm is considered to be the merriest mountain in the surroundings: and it is true – it has the largest number of mountain cabins that offer rest and Austrian cuisine.
Hauser-Keibling (2015 m) mountainsides rise above Haus im Ennstal village, they are considered to be the most difficult in the region. The World Cup stage is held here. FIS trail is fairly considered very difficult; on the other mountain side virgin slopes start. But from the peak you can also get to a small ski area called Keiblingalm that is perfect for children’s skiing. It has cozy cabin (Kabingalmhuette) and even dwarf park. Mountain village of Haus in Ennstal with its ancient church is very beautiful and cozy. Après-ski time is usually spent here drinking bear in Remise rebuilt granary and in cafes.
The resorts of Dachstein-Tauern region are so numerous and diverse that every guest will find here perfect conditions for himself. Opportunities for sports and après-ski are also immense. Indoor gyms and courts, swimming pools, tobogganing on lightened runs, horse sled rides, sport festivals, paragliding, snow rafting, performances of folk bands, and foxtrot parties – all these and much more is proposed for tourists in hospitable Styria.