Mayrhofen

Overview

Mayrhofen has one of the best snow records of an Austrian resort, despite its low altitude at 630 metres. The skiing is accessed from one main gondola out of town and for this reason in busy periods you can expect to queue. As with most Austrian ski resorts skiing grew up from the village not the other way round and as a consequence there is no such thing as ski in ski out accommodation.

With the Ziller Valley pass covers 640kms of pisted runs including one of the best glaciers in Europe -  the Hintertux glacier is an extensive area with some excellent skiing and unusually for a glacier some really steep and challenging terrain.

Many of Mayrhofens slopes are quite challenging reds and are all above the tree line.

There are better resorts for beginners with the nursery slopes a gondola ride up the mountain at the Penken. The Ahorn area is probably a better bet with an excellent large nursery area on a high sunny plateau.

Experts will want to take on the steepest piste in Europe the aptly named Harikari that is generally deserted and often rock hard so sharpen those edges this is definitely not a run for the faint hearted.

 

 

   

Positive

  • Unusually good snow record for Austria
  • Access to glacier
  • Great intermediate area
  • Lively apres ski

Negative

  • Crowded slopes
  • Regular queues for main gondola
  • No runs back to village
  • Few long runs

Offslope/apres ski

This is a great area for non skiers and they can easily access the mountain to meet friends for lunch. There is walking aplenty and Innsbruck is easily reachable by train. The village has a swimming pool complex and other sports amenities if looking to do something away from the slopes. There are great places to eat and no shortage of bars to enjoy and whilst lively the resort is never rowdy.
 

Our View

Attractive lively town with good reliable snow conditions.
Traditional skiing witht the accommodation in the valley and the skiing up the mountain. If apres ski is a big part of your holiday then Mayrhofen should dfinitely be up for consideration. For those wanting to party all week and dance the night away then the end of season "Snow Bombing" event is a must.

 

At a glance

Chalets:
3
Hotel & Apartments:
24
Pistes:
227km
Resort height:
630m
Top station:
3250m

Suitability

Experts:
2 stars
Intermediates:
3 stars
Beginners:
2 stars
Non-Skiers:
4 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
3 stars
Nightlife:
4 stars