Mayrhofen: ski holiday resort guide

Mayrhofen is one of the premier ski resorts located in Tyrol, Austria. Boasting a population of 4,000 inhabitants, it isn’t small scale by any stretch of the imagination.

The Slopes at Mayrhofen

The Town of Mayrhofen

You would be right in guessing that the resort probably isn’t very high up in the mountains as a result, as the town is situated 630m above sea level. Snow reliability isn’t a concerning factor when booking here during the season though, as the ski resort itself has runs between 1800m and 3200m above sea level, allowing for all year round skiing and snowboarding.



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The Resort

The slopes of the resort are centred on two mountains, which offer different difficulty slopes. The Ahorn Mountain can be accessed via cable car from the south end of town, and has a wide variety of beginner and relaxed slopes suitable for learning the ropes.

The White Lounge Ice Hotel at Mayrhofen resort
The White Lounge Ice Hotel at Mayrhofen resort. Photo: Flickr
More experienced visitors will likely feel more at home on the steeper Penken Mountain, which can be accessed via the Gondolas running on the main street of Mayrhofen. Penken offers enough intermediate and advanced slopes to keep even the busiest of visitors content for at least a week. Visitors staying longer might be relieved to know that the lift pass for the resort grants access to the Ziller valley, meaning a lot more piste to visit if you like to travel to linked areas.

Eating out in Mayrhofen

Thanks to being a well established town, Mayrhofen doesn’t disappoint in the variety of restaurant options nearby. Tyrolean cuisine is enjoyed by many, with lots of visitors considering it part of the overall experience.

Time for some food
Time for some food! Photo: Flickr
Other options include pizzerias, Mexican and Chinese restaurants, and the local hotels. There is also a McDonald’s at Innsbruck for those that prefer fries and a burger! Vegetarian options are a part of most menus, especially in the hotels.

Après-ski

Après-ski features heavily on the agenda for visitors of Mayrhofen. Expect a lively scene, with lots of bars and discos in the area, and festivals periodically tripling or quadrupling the headcount at night.

Partying during Knarlhofen. You can feel the buzz!
Partying during Knarlhofen. You can feel the buzz! Photo: flickr
The Snowbombing piste-side music festival happens annually here, with many world renowned bands visiting during the first week of April to play at the festival.

Families

It isn’t just about great Après-ski here in Mayrhofen. There is a vast array of activities which are suitable for all ages available in the area during ski season. Popular choices include Skidooing, Snow tubing, Ice Skating, and of course the local favourite Tobogganing. There is also a Bob-sleigh trip which runs to Igls, near Innsbruck.

Snow tubing is fun for big kids and little kids alike!
Snow tubing is fun for big kids and little kids alike! Photo: Flickr
Warmer options might include Bowling or Indoor tennis, and once you are finished you can rest your limbs at the Mayrhofen adventure swimming pool.

Snowboarding

Major snowboarding competitions are held at Mayrhofen such as the British Snowboarding Championships. Snowboarders are well catered for here, with a variety of runs and board parks nearby. The resort usually makes top ten lists of snowboarding destinations worldwide, which should give you an idea of just how good the setup in the resort is for ‘boarders.

Time to surf some powder!
Time to surf some powder! photo: Flickr
The Burton Funpark is a popular choice amongst visitors who want to show off their skills to their friends, practice some moves, or just do something a little different. It has three lines catering to different skill levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced), meaning nobody should get bored at the Funpark! Fans of rails, jumps and half pipes are spoiled for choice here.

Accommodation

There’s an abundance of apartments, hotels and catered ski chalets to suit most people. Some chalets don’t accept guests with young children, however there are plenty of family-friendly chalet options available — just check in advance.

Zillertal

With the «Zillertaler Superskipass» you can choose from 506 kilometres of piste in Hochfügen, at the Spieljoch, in the Hochzillertal, in the Zillertal Arena (Zell, Gerlos, Königsleiten, Wald, Krimml and Gerlosstein), at Penken, and Ahorn, at the Horberg, in the «Ski and Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000» (Finkenberg, Eggalm, Rastkogl, Hintertux Glacier) and at the Wildkogel-Arena at Bramberg.

The ski areas are all excellently linked to one another by a free train and bus shuttle. Numerous freeride areas and snow parks round off the first-class slopes on offer!

The Zilltertal Arena is know as the pioneer in offering wifi in the ski area: there are numerous free wifi hotspots where you can access the net and share your holiday experiences directly with your friends and family. Or get up to date on weather and snow conditions. You only have to register once and you can comfortably access the network any time from then on.

Not to be missed is a day trip to the Hintertux Glacier, which, thanks to its size and challenging pistes is one of the best skiable glaciers in the Alps. There is a stunning view awaiting you at 3,250 m, and you’re sure to love the 12 km run down into the valley!

With the Tuxerjoch 4-person chair lift, ride straight away on heated seats to the Hintertuxer glacier. Further, the connection between the Sommerbergalm to the lifts at Tuxerjoch is now more easily accessible. A covered escalator brings you to the entrance of the lifts.

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Verdict

Snowboarders and skiers with a passion for Après-ski will have a blast in Mayrhofen. Fans of board parks and steep slopes should also really enjoy Mayrhofen for the Harakiri slope (the steepest in Austria) and the Burton Funpark. Tyrolean cuisine is also held in high regard, so a love of one or more of these is certain to make the trip even more enjoyable.

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