”Sunday riders”, mountain bikers, rookies and “pro” downhillers of all ages, experience and abilities find just what they’re looking for in the Schladming-Dachstein biking region, with its 15 biker-friendly hotels.
With a total of 26 tours throughout the region, everyone is certain to find the biking experience they have been looking for. Whether an expedition up to a mountain tarn, a scenic tour at the foot of the Dachstein south face or simply enjoying the fresh air along a pleasant forest path: On two wheels, you can explore all elevations. And it doesn’t even have to be a strenuous endeavor. All of the tours can also be tackled by E-MTB. E-bikes can be rented out from sporting goods stores throughout the region and the infrastructure is outstanding, including over 20 recharging stations at area inns and mountain huts.
Bike & Hike
If you simply can’t decide whether you want to hike or bike the Schladming-Dachstein Region, “Bike & Hike” might well be the logical option you have been looking for. The region features 24 so-called Bike & Hike stations. At the starting point of many marvelous hikes, you will be able to leave your bicycle safely parked as you hike to the top of the nearby mountain or perhaps embark on a different tour. Bikes and guests themselves are also well looked after at each of the 11 bike-friendly hotels in the region.
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On the Planai alone, there are 35 km of bike trails with a full range of difficulty, all of which can be reached quickly and comfortably on the 10-passenger gondola lift. The new flowline begins right next to the mountain terminal. It winds its way down to the valley through a sparse mountain forest, built so that beginners always feel safe, while experienced bikers will be able to pick up plenty of speed and fly over countless undulations.
If you prefer not to take advantage of the new 10-passenger lift to get up the mountain, there is also a new uphill flow trail. With an eMTB, the ride up through numerous bends becomes a veritable roller coaster ride, though the moderate incline means this trail can also be a pleasant ride on a traditional mountain bike as well.
The crowning glory of the Planai for ambitious downhill bikers is the new 99 Jumpline, which also celebrates its premiere this year. It offers adrenaline junkies a 3.5 km downhill ride with 99 jumps along the way – definitely a whole new league in the German-speaking bike world.
With the Reiteralm Trails, 15 km of new single tracks were opened in summer 2019 on the training mountain used by the ski elite. Here, you can ride up on the 8-passenger Preunegg Jet gondola. At that point, bikers can choose between natural trails with exposed roots and the newly built Enduro trails.
Better still, it doesn’t matter whether you have your own bike with you or not: In the bike centers at the Preunegg Jet mountain station and the Planai valley station, the right equipment for everybody is available to either buy or rent.
The Reiteralm Junior Trails and the BikeArea on the Planai also make the Schladming-Dachstein bike region a true paradise for beginners. With a magic carpet to help you get to the top, the small parks are ideal practice grounds for small children with push bikes as well as for adults. The necessary equipment – from bikes to protective gear – is available on site.
Practical: Bike ticket promises double the action. It is valid for Bikepark Schladming as well as the Reiteralm Trails - which means, with just a single ticket you can look forward to 50 km of trail riding enjoyment. With your bike ticket, though also with the Schladming-Dachstein Sommercard, you can also use the bike shuttle bus between Schladming and the Reiteralm for free.
For everyone who wants to learn how to mountain bike or fine-tune their biking skills, another relative newcomer will definitely be of interest: Mountain bike downhill professional Markus Pekoll and his bike school now enter their second season. Pekoll and the other certified coaches on his team provide all the assistance you need to learn the right biking technique in courses tailored to your individual needs.
„I toured the world for 15 years. Now, I look forward to sharing my experiences on my favorite local trails with bikers of all ability levels.“
At the E-Enduro Bikepark in Donnersbachwald, adrenaline junkies and sports-loving bikers negotiate trails as fast as 80 km/h. Speed demons are able to clock their laps on a variety-packed course at the foot of the Riesneralm.
On seven trails in total, with a wide range of difficulty, pros as well as rookies and kids will find their own personal flow experience. Special E-Enduro bikes can be rented from Sport Scherz, located at the Riesneralm Valley station. Rental equipment is available for children ages 5 and up.
Nerve-tingling trail riding excitement included, also on electrically powered bikes. Green and quiet, you will get the adrenaline kick you crave and simultaneously enjoy a whole new bike feeling.