About The Schladming Long Weekender in Austria
June 11 - September 29
WORK HARD. PLAY HARD.
You could spend the weekend away in Wales living out of the van or a Travel Lodge, queuing for the uplift bus, or, you could pack up the bag, assemble your crew and treat yourself to a mind blowing 3 days riding in Schladming, Austria! An all in package that lets replace your work brain with the play from the moment the plane takes off for a long weekend of madness.
If you've been in to mountain biking for more than afew years you'll not need to ask why, Schladming is a legendary mountain bike destination. After a series of downhill World Cup's from 2004 - 2009, made famous by the total domination of Sam Hill with his four wins (and one epic 2nd with a crash). More recently with the plethora of edits released by riders of downhills golden era era returning to Schladming to reminisce over this epic location and one of the greatest downhill tracks of all time!
- Return Transfers to Salzburg or Munich* airports to Schladming
- 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Schladming with Half Board option*
- 3 days lift pass
- MTB Beds swag bag stuffed full of goodies
- Local knowledge and advice from our MTB Beds man on the ground
- World Cup tracks, jump lines and Enduro heaven!
*Subject to availability and an increased charge
What is the trip in a nutshell?
Based on 4 nights Thursday - Sunday, departing Monday, in twin room accommodation with bed & breakfast in a central Schladming hotel, at the base of the Planai lift. Including transfers to and from Salzburg airport and lift pass for 3 days, Friday - Sunday.
Thursday - Arrival
We'll have a van and driver ready to meet you on Thursday evening in Salzburg Airport, the last potential flight to arrive is the 1945h British Airways flight from London Gatwick.
You'll load up and make the 1 hour trip to Schladming and your hotel at the base of the Planai lift station. You'll have your lift [asses ready to go for the morning and a late night snack waiting for you at the hotel. We would expect you to arrive by 2130h.
Friday / Saturday / Sunday - Shredding!
Take the to the lifts and get rowdy on some of the best downhill and jump tracks in Europe. There's not a much better way to put it than by watching Brendan and Josh tear the place apart in the DEATHGRIP movie!
You have an option to ride the Reiteralm enduro zone under your lift pass. It's worth getting to if you are on shorter travel bikes, a downhill bike is not recommended here though the trails are nearly all gravity fed.
It's a great addition to the trip to spend afew hours with the bike school in Schladming. Run by local Austrian World cup legend Markus Pekoll, they'll show you how to get up to seed on these incredible downhill runs, where the gaps are and how to take the best lines.
Monday - Departure
The transfer van will be leaving Schladming at 8h to get you to the airport for the earliest flight back to the UK the 1125h British Airways flight to London Gatwick
Can I change the arrival and departure dates?
The departure and arrival dates can be flexible dependent on a group size of 4 people or more, or subject to an increased charge.
Can I travel to a different airport?
Transfers can be arranged from Munich airport subject to availability and an increased cost of £200 per person.
What is the cost without transfers as I want to make my own way to Schladming?
If transfers are not required the total cost of the trip is reduced by £75 per person.
Is Half Board an option?
Half Board option is an extra £20 per person per night.
Can I stay for a full week?
Week long tours that include 3 nights stay in Leogang start from £1049. if you wish to stay in Schladming for the duration of the week the cost is £849 based on bed & breakfast and transfers to and from Salzburg airport, with a 6 day lift pass included.
How many trails are in Schladming?
Schladming/Planai has 6 official trails as of 2019's refurbishment of the network. It has 3 blue runs, a red jump line, and a red and black DH track, the black is the World Cup track.
Reiteralm has 6 official blue and red enduro trails and 3 unmarked routes to the bottom of the mountain, which you will need a guide to ride on.
How many runs can I take in one day?
The Planai lift has been completely replaced in 2019 with a brand new 10 man gondola. The lift has a mid station, this used to take around 10 minutes from the base and 18 minutes to the very top. The new lift will be faster! You can get more laps in than you can handle in.
We would recommend a downhill bike for Schladming. It's a gnarly place to ride and to make the most out of the downhill tracks there a big rig would be ideal. That being said we have shredded all the trails here on long travel Transition 27'5 and 29ers so you will be able to have an amazing time on your sturdy enduro bike aswell, we'd say a minimum travel requirement of 150mm front and rear.
If you ride in Reiteralm an enduro bike is recommended.
You should bring a full face helmet and all the protective equipment you would feel comfortable wearing.
Can I hire a bike?
There is a well stocked bike shop at the base of the Planai lift that has downhill and enduro bikes for rent. They are confirming brands and pricing with us at the time of writing.
How far away is Reiteralm?
It's around 15 minutes by van. Though technically in Schladming the trails start quite far up the hill one valley from the main riding area. You can easily ride back to Schladming from Rieteralm however. a private transfer there costs €12 per person for a minimum of 4 people, and a public bus service will be running from 2020 that can take bikes, to be included with your lift pass.
Do you need a guide?
No, not in Schladming. However in Reiteralm you will access the better trails more quickly with one. A half day with a guide costs €30 per person based on a minimum of 4 people, and is all you'll need to get your bearings quickly.
Schladming is an excellent place to get some coaching. The bike school run by Austrian World cup legend Markus Pekoll would be a great addition to this trip. Prices TBC.
Is Schladming a big town? Bike Shops, Bar and Restaurants easy to find?
Schladming is a big mountain town. It has a couple of supermarkets, many bars and restaurants of all types. There is a good supermarket 30 seconds from your hotel, and a good bike shop even closer, it's even got it's own brewery making the refreshing Schladminger Pilsner , and a very modern and well equipped hospital, which you hopefully won't need!
What is the average cost of a beer? An evening out?
A pint of Austrian pilsner will set you back between €4.50 and €6 depending on where and when you buy it. Dinner in a decent restaurant will cost you around €12 - €20 per main course. There are also takeaway restaurants around town where prices are similar to the UK, there's a pizza joint and a fairly famous kebab house tucked away in the back streets.
Will I need insurance?
Absolutely. With the UK's departure from the EU your EH111 card no longer covers medical care. You'll also want insurance against other circumstances such as bike theft, damage or cancellation for personal reasons. We recommend Yellow Jersey. Booking with us gets you a discount code for a 10% off.
30% per person, the non-refundable booking deposit is required to secure your place on the Long Weekend, the full balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival in Austria.
We try to keep all groups together but sometimes when numbers are odd you might be sharing a room with a member of another party.
If you would like your own room there is a single occupancy supplement availability depending and subject to a charge of £200
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Please take a look at our Track Check video's here so you can see just how epic this destination is and what to expect
If you need more convincing, click on the link below!
Video Credit: Clay Porter
Photo Credit: Scott Windsor / Flo Smith / Roland Haschka / Armin Walcher
Brendan Fairclough and Josh Bryceland riding Schaldming in DEATHGRIP
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