Dachstein

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Dachstein glacier
Location Styria / Upper Austria, Austria
Resort Altitude
Winter Season
Terrain Overall:
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Lift System
Highest Lift 2700m
Lowest Lift 2296m
Vertical
Longest Run
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town Ramsau
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

The Dachstein glacier ski area is accessed from the south side by a cable car. It provides reliable skiing in the summer months due to its altitude. The regular ski area is not extensive or demanding with just 4 surface lifts in addition to the cable car, but it has access to a number of demanding ski routes down the south face as well as ski touring including the crossing of the glacier to the north side.

Location

The Dachstein glacier straddles the Austrian provinces of Styria to the south and Upper Austria to the north. The access to the lifted terrain is via a cable car on the end of the road above the town of Ramsau on the south side. It can alseo be accessed from the north side from Obertraun and the resort of Krippenstein however this is another ski area.

Pros

  • Provides a reliable ski option in summer
  • Challenging routs on south face
  • Access to ski touring including the Dachstein crossing
  • Great scenery

Cons

  • Regular ski area not overly demanding
  • Only worth skiing in good weather

Contacts

Dachstein Gletscherbahn Ramsau
A-8972 Ramsau am Dachstein 79

email: dachstein@planai.at

Dachstein-Glacier Hotline: ++43 (0) 3687/ 22042 800
Dachstein-Glacier weatherinfo: ++43 (0) 3687/ 22042 555
Fax: ++43 (0) 3687/ 22042 910

Planning

Getting There

Best to get there via Schladming which is a major stop on the rail line between Graz and Salzburg. By train it is about 2.5 hrs from Graz or 1.5 hrs from Salzburg. From Vienna about 3.5-4.5 hrs via Leoben and from Munich about 3.5-4 hrs via Salzburg. From Schladming there are shuttle buses which take about 30 mins to the town of Ramsau and another 20 mins to the cable car station.

Accommodation

There is no accomodation in the ski area itself, although there are some huts in the region for ski tourers. Main accomodation will be either in the towns of Ramsau (20mins by bus) or Schladming (50 mins by bus).

Lift Tickets

There are a variety of single ride, day, multi day and season ski tickets. Multi day passes are valid for the Ski Amade region. eg. (2011 prices) Peak season - day ticket €43, 5 days out of 7 pass €205. This includes the cable car up and down. There are other packages that cover the Dachstein crossing - Bus from Schladming, cable car up and return bus from Obertraun to Schladming.

Ski School

Ramsau or Schladming


Equipment Hire

Ramsau or Schladming

Resort Facilities

Getting Around

A shuttle bus operates several times a day from Schladming to the base station of the Cable car via Ramsau.

Parking

Car park at the Cable car base station.

Activities

Sky walk, Ice palace, Paragliding

Dining

Mountain cafeteria. Otherwise Ramsau or Schladming.

Bars & Entertainment

Nothing really on the glacier itself. Again best head to Ramsau or Schladming.

Shopping

Head to Schladming.

Children

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

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Groomed Runs

The grooming in the region is pretty good.

Off Piste

Several challenging routes heading down the south face.

Out of Bounds

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Cross Country

Several cross country loops. Also quite a bit down in Ramsau. Ramsau hosted a Nordic Ski World Championship.

Parks & Pipes

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Bumps

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Powder Zones

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Sheltered Runs

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Snowplay

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Dachstein crossing

This is also known as the Austrian national ski tour and is certainly recommended. Typically it goes from the top station of the south face cable car, traversing down skiers left of the glacier and eventually reaching Obertraun or alternatively Hallstatt on the north side. It is also possible to do in the reverse direction. It is not difficult and can be done on regular ski gear with some hiking which is apparently what the ski schools largely cater for, however it is certainly easier with touring gear.

The tour is only possible in good weather. For a start the cable car will not operate if the wind is too strong. And while the route is quite well marked you do need good visibility on the glacier. Normally in the main season there will be several ski school groups doing this on slected fine weather days. You can also do this on your own, but you need to let the cable car operator know that you intend doing it, so that they can arrange the return bus trip.

It can take anywhere from 3-6 hours. There is even a groomed trail on the upper section. There are a couple of possible detours to various huts including the Simony hut. At the end you reach the resort trails of Obertraun Krippenstein and finish at the base station of the north side cable car. From here there will be a bus returning around the Grimming range to Schladming, Ramsau and the south side Cable car station.

Other

Weather

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Geography

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History

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Resources

[1] Bergfex

[2] Resort website

[3] Ski school Ramsau

[4] Dachstein crossing

Also see links for [5] Schladming

Maps

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