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Jurgen Winter (OVP)
Schladming is a small former mining town in the northwest of the Austrian state of Styria that is now a popular tourist destination. It has become a large winter sports resort and has held various skiing competitions, including most notably the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1982 and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013. The shopping area has many cafes, restaurants and a variety of shops that cater to tourists.
The local peak for winter sports is the Planai. A six-seater cable car with a middle station takes tourists up the mountain. The Planai consists of many "red" and "black" slopes for competitive skiers, and there are also many "blue" slopes for beginners but generally the Planai is an intermediate to expert mountain. The Hochwurzen is the other mountain in Schladming. It has three main red runs off the four man chair lift and a sledge run. This mountain is better suited to more experienced boarders and skiers. There is a fifteen-man cable car which can take groups of up to five to the top.
Schladming hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013.
The surrounding mountains are popular with climbers and hikers and country lovers. In the summer there are downhill toboggan runs and an outdoor swimming complex is open.
The UCI Mountainbike Worldcup has taken place in Schladming since 2004. In 2010 the Mountainbike Worldcup in Schladming was relocated to Leogang due to construction work taking place for the Ski World Championships in 2013.
There is a bus service that runs up and down the Planai and surrounding mountains throughout the year. There are many ski lifts on the mountains, some catering especially for small runs.
Since 1973, the Planai is a regular location for Alpine Ski World Cup races. Since 1997, the race is called "Nightrace" because it takes place at night. In 1982 and 2013, Schladming hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships. In March 2017, Schladming was one of the host towns of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Styria, Austria, together with close-by Ramsau am Dachstein and Graz.Felletin, France since 1960
Wetzlar, Germany since 1974
Furano, Japan since 1977