Mayrhofen Ski Holiday Resort
Mayrhofen has one of the best snow records of an Austrian resort. The main ski area is accessed from the new and stunningly engineered Penkenbahn gondola. As you do not ski back into Mayrhofen from this mountain, the gondola is also used to down load. The Ahorn is a smaller mountain which is also accessed by a gondola from the far end of the village. You can ski back off this mountain to the village via a red run. There is little lift-side accommodation in Mayrhofen, however, the resort bus is regular and extremely efficient.
Mayrhofen offers a varied ski terrain with some quite challenging reds and are mostly above the tree line. The steepest piste is the famous Harakiri, a short descent with a whopping 78% gradient. One fall here and it's a slide to the bottom!
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.
There are better resorts for beginners with the nursery slopes a gondola ride up the mountain at the Penken, however, the plus side to this is that beginners start up on the mountain and truly get that Alpine atmosphere. The Ahorn area is probably a better bet with an excellent large nursery area on a high sunny plateau; perfect for a more gentle introduction with a lower skier density.
Experts will wish to tackle the aforementioned Harakiri plus other blacks, and the off piste in the area is superb.
For those wanting to party all week and dance the night away then the end of season Snow Bombing event is a must. Bars at the top of the Penkenbahn are rammed at the close of the ski day. The Bruck & Stadl is an atmospheric apres ski bar in the village that is rocking in the 4-8pm slot. Others bars/clubs include Hara Kiri, Mo's, Scotland Yard, and the Speak Easy Arena.
This is a great area for non skiers and they can easily access the mountain to meet friends for lunch. There is an abundance of cleared walking paths and a day trip to historic Innsbruck is easily reachable by train. The village has a swimming pool complex and other sports amenities if you are 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.
Attractive lively town with good reliable snow conditions.
Traditional skiing with the accommodation in the valley and the skiing up the mountain. If apres ski is a big part of your holiday then Mayrhofen is a must go to resort.
At a glance
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- Unusually good snow record for Austria
- Access to glacier
- Great intermediate area
- Lively apres ski