Another one of those Ski Sunday favourites, with a superb reputation as one of the world's best centres for skiing and snowboarding, on two plateaux - the Penken and the Ahorn. It can seem lame to say, 'This resort has it all!' but…this resort has it all.
Trying out skiing? Then go to the top of Penken Mountain where there are gentle slopes to start with. The ski and snowboard schools have English-speaking instructors.
Then you can progress to more advanced slopes, including long runs down to Finkelberg and when you get really good, (really, REALLY good!), try the double black Harakiri run, Austria's steepest downhill.
For you boarders, Vans Penken Park is one of the biggest in Europe for all your freestyle fun, with an amazing half-pipe, a 12m jump and more than 60 obstacles of all standards, so swoon time for snowboarders everywhere.
The Ahorn has a range of wide and sunny gentle rolling slopes too, ideal for carving, with a 5km-long Ahorn Valley Run to test those legs. The Zillertaler Super lift pass opens up over 639kms of trails with an astonishing variety of challenging and less-challenging runs, served by a state-of-the-art lift network.
Powderhound? The off-piste opportunities are great, with two marked ski routes from Penken to the Horberg cable and from the Rastkogel to the Eggalm as well as hectares of other exciting terrain.
Apres-Ski in Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen manages to blend a lively, loud après ski scene with a family-friendly one. The town is full of shops, bar, cafés, restaurants and the charming Tyrolean chalets of our Austrian dreams.
Notable eateries include the ancient Wirtshaus Zum Griena - four centuries old and magic fondues - along with the restaurant at the 4* Kramerwirt, a mere three centuries old. Leaping to contemporary fun - well, The Ice Bar at the Hotel Strass and Nikki’s Schirmbar are pleasant places to wind down, or should that be wind up for a night's partying? For that, you simply must go to the White Lounge on the Ahorn, part of the Igloo Village. Snowboarders congregate at Scotland Yard (Scottie's) late into the night. Concerts of every denomination are held at the Europahaus.
There's a brilliant indoor swimming complex - Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen - with a giant water slide. Otherwise, try bowling, the casino, the cinema, the climbing wall, curling, paragliding, sleigh rides…you get the picture? There is a lot to do in Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen is marvellous. You have to go there! GetSkiing can make that happen.
Gary's Little Gems in Mayrhofen
"Why not ski the whole Zillertal valley which has some 10 resorts in total, including Mayrhofen? One of the delights is taking the train down the valley with boots on and skis in hand. I found the resorts of Kaltenbach and Zell am Ziller ideal skiing for families and intermediates skiers. For the adventurous free-style skiers, try the snow park in Zell which has a giant airbag you can jump into off a big kicker."
Accommodations in Mayrhofen
- Resort Altitude: 630 m
- Highest Lift: 3250 m
- Total Piste: 600 km
- Longest Run: 6 km
- Directions of Slopes: N, E, S, W
- Uphill Capacity: 62250
- Total Lifts: 52
- Gondolas/Cable cars: 8
- Chairlifts: 27
- Drag Lifts: 17
- Snow Parks: 1
- Snow Cannons: 117
- Good for Families
- Good for Non-skiers
- Snow Sure Conditions
- Lively Après Ski
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