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.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Dachstein crossing
- 9 Other
- 10 Resources
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.
- Provides a reliable ski option in summer
- Challenging routs on south face
- Access to ski touring including the Dachstein crossing
- Great scenery
- Regular ski area not overly demanding
- Only worth skiing in good weather
Dachstein Gletscherbahn Ramsau
A-8972 Ramsau am Dachstein 79
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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.
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).
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.
Ramsau or Schladming
Ramsau or Schladming
A shuttle bus operates several times a day from Schladming to the base station of the Cable car via Ramsau.
Car park at the Cable car base station.
Sky walk, Ice palace, Paragliding
Mountain cafeteria. Otherwise Ramsau or Schladming.
Bars & Entertainment
Nothing really on the glacier itself. Again best head to Ramsau or Schladming.
Head to Schladming.
The grooming in the region is pretty good.
Several challenging routes heading down the south face.
Out of Bounds
Several cross country loops. Also quite a bit down in Ramsau. Ramsau hosted a Nordic Ski World Championship.
Parks & Pipes
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.
 Resort website
 Ski school Ramsau
 Dachstein crossing
Also see links for  Schladming