17 April 2019 from Danielle in Latest news

This summer, Schladming will complete construction on a new 10-person gondola on the Planai. The new gondola will astronomically increase the hourly capacity, ferrying skiers and snowboarders faster from the village up to the slopes.  

Planai I+II cable car to be replaced by 10-person gondola

After more than thirty years of faithful service, it's time to retire the Planai I+II. The current 6-person cable car is outdated and can't keep up with increasing demands. It will be replaced by a 10-person Doppelmayr D-Line cable car with an hourly capacity of 3800 people, which is an increase of 70% compared with the old cable car. Not only will the newer cable car be roomier and more comfortable, it will also serve during the summer months and will be able to carry mountain bikes or prams. The 10-person Planai cable car will have two sections and a new top station, middle station and valley station will be built. In order to build the new cable car the 3-person chairlift will also be demolished. The new cable car will begin service in December 2019 and represents the biggest investment ever taken by the lift company.

Facts & Figures: New Planaibahn I+II in Schladming

Top station: Planai Length: 3600m
Alt. top station: 1350m Altitude gain: 600m
Speed: 6 m/s Journey: appr. 5:20
Capacity: 10 ppl Overall capacity: 3800 ppl/hr
Number of cabins: n/a Location: Schladming

More info: Schladming ski resort

The lively village of Schladming is located in the heart of the Schladming-Dachstein ski area. Situated at an altitude of 750m in the Austrian state of Styria, Schladming has an authentic village centre which has preserved part of the city's ancient wall. The village is chock-full of restaurants, cafés and bars and holds many annual events, such as the Night Race on the Planai. Surrounding the village are 200km of pistes, a snow park, off-piste terrain and floodlit slopes for night skiing. It's easy to make a day trip to one of the nearby linked ski resorts of Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen or Reiteralm. Schladming is easy to reach from Salzburg airport, with regular flights from London.

Top station of Planai lift
Artist's impression of the Planai top station (Photo: © Schladming-Dachstein / Kreiner architektur)

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!