New chair in Schladming range

28th February 2012, by Chris Gill

Hauser Kaibling (c)

Hauser Kaibling (c)

With the World Alpine Ski Championships just a year away, the ski area comprising Schladming and its four mountains has been getting heavy investment in lift upgrades and other facilities. This winter, Hauser Kaibling has another new chairlift.

Hauser Kaibling, linked to the central Planai peak above Schaldming, has spent millions on upgrading lifts recently. Last winter, improvements were made to the return route to Planai, with a new eight-seat chair installed. This year, it was the turn of a remote draglift on the backside of the Kaibling mountain.

A six-pack, Alm6er, has replaced the old lift, serving a quiet and scenic blue run. From below it, there is a choice to head one way towards Schladming or the other, towards Haus – further along the valley. The top chairlift serving Hauser Kaibling’s summit was replaced a couple of season’s ago, so now virtually the whole mountain is served by fast lifts.

For Schladming, work has focused on the base area at Planai, developing better parking, new gondola station and skier amenities.

Next month the World Cup Alpine Finals comes to town (14-18 March), bringing the men and women’s teams together to battle it out for the remaining podium places of the season – and the overall title of World Champion. They’ll be downhill, super-G and slalom events. The resort really gets into the spirit of race days, so it’s sure to be worth watching if you are out there.

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