Schladming is a proper valley town with a thriving local community, which makes a change from single-purpose ski resorts and cute mountain villages. It’s close to Salzburg, which makes getting there easy, and once in town the bars, restaurants and valley transport is all arranged around the pretty, pedestrianised main street.
Added to this convenience and charm is some truly world-class skiing on the four, reliable north-facing mountains, plus the bonus of nearby high-altitude skiing on the impressive Dachstein glacier. Schladming has a lot to shout about, but it’s probably too relaxed to make a fuss.
Schladming’s pistes are part of the wider Ski Amade area, which rounds up 760km of piste in 30 villages in the Salzburg and Styria regions; you could feasibly return year after year without getting bored. Schladming’s four mountains will keep you busy for a while though, best for intermediates, good for beginners, and less exciting for experts unless you’re here to race.
Food on the mountain and in town is good, with the added variety that comes from being in a proper town – when did you last see an organic, vegetarian restaurant in a ski resort?