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World Cup Trail Planai

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  • Auf dem Gipfel der Planai
    / Auf dem Gipfel der Planai
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tom Lamm
  • / Kids at the ball path at Hopsiland Planai
    Photo: Martina Draper, Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen - Martina Draper
  • / Schladminger Hütte mountain chalet on Planai
    Photo: Schladminger Hütte, Schladminger Hütte
  • / Eine Gruppe Wanderer am WM-Pfad-Start bei der Schafalm
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Hans Simonlehner
  • / Schafalm Inn on Planai
    Photo: Schafalm, Schafalm
  • / The World Cup Trail at Hopsiland Planai
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Gerhard Pilz
  • / Eine Familie im oberen Bereich des WM-Pfades Planai
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Tomm Lamm
  • / Wanderer am WM-Pfad oberhalb des Zielhanges Planai
    Photo: Gerhard Pilz, Hans Simonlehner
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Along the World Cup trail you walk downhill from Planai to Schladming and get to know the history of the World Championships 2013.

7.3 km
2:30 h
3 m
1084 m

Along the World Cup trail you hike along the skiing history of the Planai ski area. The trail takes you to the starting points and key sections of the various Alpine ski races of the Alpine Ski World Championships 2013.

Author’s recommendation

Plan an entire day for a day at Planai and a walk along the World Cup trail: there is a lot to do and see, e.g. the Planai Panorama Trail, the Hopsiland Planai (a huge playground for kids), a high ropes garden and of course many culinary delights at the various huts and chalets. User
Gerhard Pilz
Updated: December 13, 2019

Highest point
Hiking trail head, mountain terminal Planai cable-car, 1821 m
Lowest point
Hiking trail head WM-Park Planai, 740 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Changes in weather patterns, quick falls in temperature, thunderstorms, wind, fog and snow are some of the dangers that can be encountered on a hiking tour. Hosts of alpine huts and mountain refuges have a lot of experience in the mountains and can give good advice about weather and the trails. Poor equipment, overestimation of one's own capabilities, carelessness, poor personal constitution and/or wrong judgement  can lead to critical situations. In case of thunderstorms: avoid summits, ridges and steel ropes.

GPS data and orienteering

Available GPS data - just like hiking maps - is only a guidance for orientation and can never depict a trail exactly with all its details. Especially at dangerous spots it is essential to judge on site how to proceed.

In an emergency please call: 

  • 140 - for Alpine emergencies (all over Austria)
  • 112 - European GSM emergency number


A well-packed backpack is helpful and especially when touring Alpine terrain a tuque, gloves, a windproof jacket and pants are standard equipment. Good, waterproof shoes, sun glasses, sun cream and sufficient beverages are essential too. Torch light, a map of the area, knie and a small first-aid kit should also be in the backpack.

Tips, hints and links

Tourist information:

Information about bus schedules: and

Information about cable-car hours:


Hiking trail head, mountain terminal Planai cable-car (1821 m)
47.372681, 13.724413
33T 403699 5247369


Hiking trail head WM-Park Planai

Turn-by-turn directions

From the mountain terminal of Planai cable-car start downhill on trail n° 779. You pass by Schafalm on the well maintained trail via a couple of switchbacks and reach the hut of the mountain rescue and Hopsiland at Lärchkogel. A short passage through the forest and then along the FIS ski slope takes you to the starting area of the Alpine World Championships' Downhill event.

Further downhill you walk through sections in the forest or along the FIS Alpine Downhill slope. A bit below the Bruckmoos pond you walk across the meadow (ski slope in winter) and head towards the Lärchkogel slope. Here you turn off from trail n° 779 and walk towards the mountain terminal of the 1st section of the Planai cable-car, which you will reach after a couple of minutes via several switchbacks. At this point was the start of the Alpine World Championships' Super-G events.

Further downhill to the town

From here you follow trail n° 53 and hike down through high forest of Fastenberg to Breilerhof farm. From Breilerhof you walk along the road for a short section - passing by the carpentry Schrempf - until you reach Planaistraße road. You cross the street and also Fastenbergstraße road after it and walk through the forest for a short section until you reach Harreiterweg road. Passing by the Holzhackerstube inn you make your way downhill through a tunnel beneath the Downhill slope, where the starting points of the Alpine World Championships' Giant Slalom events were situated.

The Harreiterweg then leads into the forest, where you turn off on the hiking trail just after a few meters in the forest and walk down 2 switchbacks and again reach the Harreiterweg. Follow it to the right for a few meters and then turn off left onto trail n° 53 again, which takes you further downhill towards Schladming. After about 20 to 25 minutes descent through the forest you reach a great viewpont on top of the final slope of the Planai ski area. Here you have a great view to the finishing area of the World Cup events and the legendary Nightrace, as well as across the beautiful mountain town of Schladming.

In only a couple of minutes you reach Berggasse street via a gravel trail. At Berggasse make a right and after 300 m make a right again into Schießstattgasse street, which takes you directly to the valley terminal of Planai cable-car at WM-Park Planai.

Trail characteristics

The trail for the most part is a 1 meter wide gravel trail.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

In the town of Schladming you can take the Citybus. From Rohrmoos take the Planai buses to Planet Planai, from Ramsau take the buses of Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe. 

From there take the Planai cable-car to the top.

Getting there

Exit from federal highway B320 at the exit "Schladming-Ost" and continue to the valley terminal of the Planai cable-car.


Parking is available at the valley terminal of the Planai cable-car at WM-Park Planai.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Tourist map "Hiking - Running - Walking", available at the tourist office Schladming.

Author’s map recommendations

  • Hiking map Schladming, 1:25.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.
  • Hiking map Schladming-Dachstein, 1:50.000, available at the tourist office Schladming.

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7.3 km
3 m
1084 m
Public transport friendly In and out Refreshment stops available Scenic Family friendly Cableway ascent/descent


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