Mayrhofen

Ski Resort in Austria

Introduction

Set in the beautiful Ziller Valley, Mayrhofen has long earned its place as one of the world's top ski and snowboard resorts, set amid the vast Zillertal area.

Sitting at the foot of the Penken and Ahorn mountains with 57 lifts, 136km of skiing and Austria’s steepest run, Harakiri, Mayrhofen is one of the most diverse Alpine resorts. All slopes are reached by gondola, so beginners will need a full lift pass from day one, although the ski schools are great and the range of easier runs make for fast progression. Mayrhofen has a wide variety of more challenging runs and, in the right conditions, some impressive off-piste. If you manage to defeat the 38 degree gradient of Harakiri, you get to wear the "I survived Harakiri" t-shirt, and get your 5 minutes' of fame at a free photo shoot every Friday. The Vans Penken Park is also one of the leading freestyle parks in Europe. But don't worry, even if you're a beginner you can practice your skills in the Kids Park section.

Some three hours drive from Munich airport and just an hour or so from Innsbruck, Mayrhofen has a solid track record as one of Austria's key teaching resorts. It also has a good snow record, and Hintertux, its lofty neighbour, guarantees year-round snow. The combined areas, although not linked, are marketed as Ski and Glacier World Zillertal 3000 and are covered by The Zillertal Superskipass.

Hintertux has an equally solid reputation (particularly in an age of diminishing glaciers) as an enduringly reliable location for summer skiing - a godsend for national ski teams anxious to maintain their skills without having to waste precious time travelling to mountain ranges in the southern hemisphere. Hintertux also attracts snowboarders to its summer snowboard camps.

For those with sufficient energy to party and ski, Mayrhofen's apres-ski and night-life can be decidedly lively. At the same time, the resort is acclaimed for the careful welcome it extends to young families.

Welcome to skier, snowboarder and party-goer paradise. Super modern lifts, awesome piste skiing, fun and challenging off-piste, access to huge interconnected resorts up and down the valley, plus wonderful après and nightlife. Mayrhofen ski resort delivers the goods on so many levels.

Mayrhofen info card

Resort Altitude630m
Highest Lift3250m
Total Piste600km
Longest Run6km
Directions of SlopesN, S, E, W
Uphill Capacity62250
Total Lifts52
Gondolas/Cable cars8
Chairlifts27
Drag Lifts17
Snow Parks1


Mayrhofen Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Mayrhofen skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of five different areas with the funky names of Penken, Ahorn, Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm. All are lift interlinked except Ahorn, which stands alone the valley.  The terrain suits all abilities, is across across a wide expanse and on all aspects (sun and shadow).

Mayrhofen has invested heavily in a range of new lifts in recent times and as such provides extremely efficient uphill movement. From the huge Ahorn cable car and Penken gondola that leave directly from town, a range of modern chairs, including a combo chair/gondola (funnily enough called the Kombibahn), move you swiftly to the good stuff. Several surface tows and conveyors service beginner areas around the top of Penkenbahn.

Piste trails and off piste terrain are all near to and above the tree line, with some notable exceptions being ski route 30 down to Hippach and piste trail 5 into the town of Mayrhofen. Ahorn's piste trail 5 has nearly 1300m of skiable vertical and a northerly aspect - seriously fun top to bottom skiing. In the days following fresh snow, a vast off piste awaits those that are hunting powder. Some challenging steeps and wide open alpine bowls predominate, but if the snow is deep and low, many opportunities to freeride the meadows and trees down into the valleys present themselves. Beware the barb wire fences!

Mayrhofen is generally snowboard friendly (not too many flat spots!).  Park junkies will love the terrain park near the SunJet chair.

Mayrhofen Beginner Skiing

Mayrhofen claims almost a third of its slopes are suitable for beginners and the majority do get plenty of sunshine.

The majority of the easy slopes in the Penken area do get plenty of sunshine - always an encouragement for novices - and Mayrhofen claims almost a third of its slopes are suitable for beginners - some 45 km (28 miles). It also says that the 90 km (55 miles) of red runs are so well prepared that beginners can ski on them too. This is probably being a little optimistic.

Mayrhofen Intermediate Skiing

Mayrhofen is a classic intermediate ski region with big, broad pistes sweeping down from above the treeline.

Mayrhofen really comes into its own as a classic intermediate ski region, with big, broad, sweeping, above-the-treeline pistes spread across the main Penken slopes - and a wealth of skiing for those happy to invest in the Zillertaller Superski Pass. Although the slopes are on the steep side, even the most timid intermediate will have plenty of time to get ready for that decisive turn. Intermediates can also enjoy some easy, but relatively steep trails on the Tuxer Glacier.

Mayrhofen Advanced Skiing

There is plenty of off-piste potential in Mayrhofen including two unprepared but marked ski routes.

There is plenty of off-piste potential although in these litigious days the resort is at pains to remind skiers and boarders that venturing off-piste is at their own risk. There are also two unprepared but marked "Ski Routes" - one from the Penken down to the bottom station of the Horberg cable car in Schwendau 3 km (2 miles) from Mayrhofen and one from the Rastkogel to the Eggalm. These are only opened if there is enough snow.

The Harakiri, close to the Knorren lift, is hyped as "Austria's steepest ski piste" and is one of the main attractions among Mayrhofen's black runs. The 'Devil's Run' beneath the Schneekar lift on the Schafskopf is another exhilarating black run. Altogether there are 22 km of black runs. The resort's longest run, the 5.5 km Ebenwald piste down the Ahorn, is said to be "the longest artificially snow-covered valley downhill run in the Zillertal" from almost 2,000m to the valley floor - a challenging vertical descent of 1,335 m, which provides some much needed excitement to revive interest in the Ahorn area, which, by general consensus, has lost much of its original appeal - partly because it's an effort to get there.

Mayrhofen Boarding & Freestyle

Mayrhofen’s Burton Funpark, one of the most popular in the Alps, has recently been extended.

In recent years, Mayrhofen has hosted a number of major snowboarding competitions, including the British Snowboarding Championships. Mayrhofen's Burton Funpark, one of the most popular in the Alps, has recently been extended, and now offers new facilities for both skiers and snowboarders. There are three different lines (pro line, medium line, and novice line with various jumps) as well as a halfpipe and rails which are shaped daily. The novice line features some new small jumps and rails, as well as a banked slalom. Hintertux is a big summer attraction. Beginning in May each year, boarders can participate in a summer glacier camp on the nearby Tuxer Glacier.


Mayrhofen Snow & Weather

Mayrhofen may have suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament in recent history – not helped by its very low base elevation - but it has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls in the lower parts of the resort. Luckily most of the real terrain is above 1500m, and when nature delivers natural snow, Mayrhofen provides the goods quickly with its alpine meadow terrain rapidly covered.


Interlinked with Zillertal 3000 & Zillertaler SuperSki

The Mayrhofen ski area has an interlinked lift pass with Hintertux as part of the Zillertal 3000 ski area and all the other ski resorts in the Ziller (and Tuxer) valley via the Zillertaler SuperSkiPass. The Zillertaler SuperSkiPass is for 2 days or more and allows unfettered access to Mayrhofen, Hintertux Glacier, Zillertal Arena and Fϋgen-Kaltenbach. Anyone skiing for more than one day at Mayrhofen should get a Zillertaler SuperSkiPass as it provides better value and a diversity of skiing options.


Mayrhofen Accommodation

Mayrhofen has every style of accommodation covered. From 5-star luxury hotels to budget guesthouses, at Mayrhofen you can even spend the night in an Igloo at the White Lounge on Ahorn. Staying near the centre of town is always fun and allows easy access to the lifts. Alternatively, quality accommodation just outside Mayrhofen may appeal to some.


Services and Facilities

Mayrhofen is a full-service ski resort by it also being a major town. On mountain restaurants are excellent. The Gschösswandhaus is the secret locals favorite. A secret no more!

The ski area has more ski rental and gear shops, ski schools, instructors and guides than you could possibly poke a stock at. Shop around for the best deal.

Mayrhofen has some of the Alps best and mentally challenging male toilets at the Penken top station – clearly the architects had a sense of humour. One way glass allows one to see people walking outside in front of the urinals. See if you can conquer the mind over matter challenge.

Worth mentioning also are the unique Mayrhofen ‘Snow Limo’ tours for those unable (or unwilling) to ski. Participants are taken on a sit ski ‘limo’ down the Ahorn pistes. My mum would have loved the chance to do it. Same with the paragliding!


Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Mayrhofen

Decidedly lively with numerous bars and clubs open until the small hours. Top bars include Bruck n Stadl, Ice Bar, Scotland Yard Pub, Strass Sports Lounge and Harakiri. And don't forget the legendary end of season party, Snowbombing. The White Lounge igloo bar is located on the Ahorn mountain is a must see, step inside the igloo to view the stunning ice sculptures or bask outside in the sunshine on a deckchair.

The Mayrhofen advent season runs from 16th-18th December and features a traditional Christmas market and tonnes of pretty decorations. It is fantastic for families and children will love the petting zoo.


Other Activities at Mayrhofen

If you have enough of your skis or snowboard, or if you are with some non skiers in your group, a range of other activities are available in Mayrhofen.

The most fun Mayrhofen activity is tandem paragliding from the top of Penken all the way down to town.

Other options include winter walks, scenic gondola and train rides or perhaps a visit to the stunning top of Hintertux Glacier and a visit to the Ice Caves.

Transportation - Get In


By plane

Mayrhofen is well-served by Innsbruck and Salzburg airports in Austria and by Munich international airport, with short transfer times of between one hour and two hours from the airports to the resort. Other options include Inter City rail services stopping at Jenbach, then the Zillertalbahn train to Mayrhofen.

Nearest Airports to Mayrhofen

Innsbruck is well-served by Innsbruck (75 km), Salzburg (175 km) and Munich (196 km) airports with transfer times by road typically between one and two hours with good airport transfer connections from each of these airports as well as from Bolzano and Memmingen to Mayrhofen.

Innsbruck Airport - 75km / 1 hour
Salzburg Airport - 170km / 1 hour 50 minutes
Munich Airport - 196km / 2 hours
Bolzano Airport - 189km / 2 hours 10 minutes
Memmingen Airport - 240km / 3 hours


By train

From/to Munich

Trains from Munich start in the Hauptbanhof. There are trains directly to Jenbach.

Once in Jenbach go to the Zillerteilbahn platform (ZL). The train will run from Jenback to Mayrhofen ever 30 minutes. It will take about an hour and a half. The cost is around 7 euro. You can buy the ticket directly on the train from the ticket man. The Zillerteilbahn becomes very busy with skiers towards the end. If you have luggage, store it conveniently to make room for everyone. Travel by train in this area is very easy.

From/to Milan

Trains from Milan also are available. This is the same train from Munich. Depending on airline tickets you can arrive at either place and start your train travel.

From/to Vienna

Trains to Mayrhofen from Vienna depart from West Bahnhof on the west of the city, not from Wien Mitte in the downtown.

If you travel with a 1-1.5-year toddler, getting in from Vienna to Mayrhofen by train is really comfortable compared to rented car. It takes 6 hours and you'll need to make a connection, but:

  • connection in Jenbach is quite comfortable: there's elevators and no stairs to overcome; train to Mayrfohen departs roughly every 30min so you won't wait long
  • there is a restaurant coach quite comfortable for children
  • toddler is not sitting still in a car child seat for several hours, but have some space (make sure you book your seats in a carriage with compartments)
  • seats allow horizontal position for a toddler to sleep, especially if there are empty seats in your compartment

It's impossible to buy a full-ride ticket from Mayrhofen to Vienna (not to mention reserve seats). Mayrhofen train station sells tickets only for narrow-gauge railway, and you need to separately buy tickets for your next leg in Jenbach, connection station. Therefore either purchase return tickets together with the onward tickets from Vienna to Mayrhofen, or book via internet with [www].


By car

You won't need chains on tyres to travel to Mayrhofen from any major city. Driving to Mayrhofen ski resort from all points of the compass is easy. From either west (Innsbruck) or east (Salzburg/Vienna) or south (Italy), one needs to drive on to the main A12/E45/E60 motorway and then take the B169 into the Zillertal and exit at Mayrhofen.

Transportation - Get Around

Any point of Mayrhofen can be easily reached by foot; it takes maximum of 1 hour walk to get from one end to another.

There's even no need to have a car for skiing on other slopes of Zillertall valley—ski buses take you everywhere, and free most of the time. They also don't mind boarding a parent with a toddler and a stroller, you don't even need to ask nicely most of the time.


By bus

There are six free, local ski bus lines running between the various lift bases and different parts of town in Mayrhofen. Bus Line A and E runs between the Ahorn and Penken lift bases in Mayrhofen every 15 minutes. It is easier and quicker to just walk. Skiing is exercise after all! Bus Lines C and D run between Ahornbahn and the Horbergbahn at Hippach every 20 minutes.

The Green Line from Mayrhofen to Hintertux via stops at Finkenberger Almbahn and Rastkogelbahn and is free. There are serious issues with drop offs on the return journey as it only stops at Raskogeklbahn in Tux, Finkenburger Almbahn and the Mayrhofen bahnhof (train station). You can find yourself stranded if unaware of this deficiency. Also, skis get roughly stacked under the bus and the passengers at the terminus are like a pack of selfish savages, randomly tossing skis and poles aside to get to their own equipment. Awful insight into human nature!

The 4104 public transit bus from Mayrhofen to Hintertux stops everywhere along the way and is usually pretty empty. If you need transport back from Tux or Finkenburg, this is your best ride home. Cost is a few € one way. Around 10 to 12 services run per day from about 8am. The bus driver will ask you if you are on the right bus as they just expect skiers to take the free Green Line bus!

Accommodation & Hotels

 There's a wide variety of accommodation options in Mayrhofen, with more than 50 hotels and numerous Bed & Breakfast guesthouses, apartments and chalets.

Mayrhofen has a total of 8,680 tourist beds. There are more than 50 hotels overall including 20 four-star hotels, almost 200 B&Bs, around 130 apartments and numerous chalets. At the top of the pile is the five star Hotel Elizabeth - a classic, family-run hotel, where pampering takes on new heights. After a day on the slopes, you can relax in one of the hot rooms, steam baths or saunas, followed by a refreshing visit to a plunge tank, an excellent pool area, and a quick cocktail at the chimney bar before settling down to a sumptuous evening meal accompanied by the best Austrian wines.

The four-star Kramerwirt, originally a general store, has grown from being a well frequented village guest house to a celebrated alpine hotel. The owners have recently been awarded the state coat of arms and the Tyrolean eagle for their efforts. Even dogs are welcome - at two euros a day (without dog-food).

For skiers who don't like walking, the three-star Ferienhotel Garni Kumbichl is handily placed right next to the Ahorn cablecar. By way of contrast, the Waldhaus Lechner B B organises fitness training in the mornings and a special "sport breakfast" - so it's not surprising to find that the owners also run one of Mayrhofen's ski schools.


Located in Mayrhofen, 1 km from the Penkenbahn and Horbergbahn Ski Lifts, Aparthotel Landhaus Sankt Joseph offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi, a garden with a sun terrace, free ski storage and a wellness area.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Good management
    • Very quiet
    • Friendly service
  • APARTHOTEL LANDHAUS ST. JOSEPH SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Alpin Lodge das Zillergrund is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests in Mayrhofen. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are just some of the facilities on offer. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and some offering convenient amenities like television LCD/plasma screen, heating, desk, balcony/terrace, alarm clock. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, skiing, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Alpin Lodge das Zillergrund is an excellent choice from which to explore Mayrhofen or to simply relax and rejuvenate.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Very quiet
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Modern Hotel
    • Great menu
  • ALPIN LODGE DAS ZILLERGRUND SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 2% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its food, wellness & sports facilities and service.


Hotel Edenlehen enjoys a quiet location on the edge of Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley, only a 10-minute walk from the town centre and a 5-minute walk from the local cable cars, and offers a spa area with an indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Pleasant hotel grounds
    • Friendly service
    • Clean hotel facilities
  • HOTEL EDENLEHEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 4% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its food, service and rooms.


Opened in 2011 and located in the centre of Mayrhofen, Apart Mountain Lodge Mayrhofen offers modern apartments with a spacious mountain-view balcony or terrace, a sauna, and an infrared cabin.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Nice sauna
    • Modern Hotel
    • Clean hotel facilities
    • New rooms
  • APART MOUNTAIN LODGE MAYRHOFEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 13% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Villa Angela is located in the centre of Mayrhofen and offers rooms and apartments with a mountain-view balcony, and free WiFi access throughout the property. Free underground garage parking is possible on site.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Comfortable beds
    • Good management
    • Accessible parking
    • Good furniture
  • VILLA ANGELA SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 92. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, breakfast and location.

 


Property Location: When you stay at ElisabethHotel Premium Private Retreat in Mayrhofen, you'll be near ski lifts and minutes from Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen and Penkenbahn Gondola. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Ahorn Ski Area and Ahornbahn Gondola.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 70 guestrooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Amenities: Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Modern Hotel
    • Great menu
    • Spacious rooms
  • ELISABETH HOTEL PREMIUM PRIVATE RETREAT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, food and service.

 


Located next to the Ahornbahn cable car in the centre of Mayrhofen, Hotel Gasthof Perauer is only a 3-minute walk from the Penkenbahn cable car. All rooms have a balcony.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Good furniture
    • Comfortable beds
  • HOTEL GASTHOF PERAUER SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 91. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.

 


Located in Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley, Hotel St. Georg is a 7-minute walk from the Ahornbahn and Penkenbahn Cable Cars. It has a sauna and offers rooms with flat-screen TVs and mountain views. The St.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Very quiet
    • Great menu
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
  • HOTEL ST. GEORG SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 90. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, food and service.

 


Hotel Pension Waldheim enjoys a quiet location in Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley, 200 metres from the village centre and the Penkenbahn Cable Car. It offers free Wi-Fi and a spa area with a sauna and a steam bath.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Winter sports facilities are close
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great view
  • HOTEL WALDHEIM KG SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 88. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, service and rooms.

 


Located only 190 metres from the Penkenbahn Cable Car and 400 metres from the Ahornbahn Cable Car, Huber's Boutique Hotel in the centre of Mayrhofen offers a spa area including various saunas, a relaxation area, and a sunbathing lawn.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good restaurant service
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Modern Hotel
  • HUBER'S BOUTIQUE HOTEL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its food, rooms and service.

Ski Area

Although its principal slopes are not the easiest to get to, Mayrhofen has always had a good variety of snow-sure skiing, and the recent link with Lanersbach made it even bigger.

Mayrhofen's main skiing is some distance from the town centre - high on the Penken, which rises way above the town and is reached by a large gondola in the centre of town. There's a free bus service to the main lifts, running approximately every 15 minutes, but the buses can get crowded at busy times. There are links with the village of Finkenberg and Lanersbach, as well as quieter, gentler slopes more suitable for novices on the Ahorn across the valley. The Penken-Horberg slopes are all above the tree line - and there are no runs from Penken back down to Mayrhofen. You must download on the gondola, although it's possible to return on snow to Finkenberg or (on an off-piste "Ski Route") to Hippach. Hintertux, one of Europe's most snow-sure and steepest glaciers, is just 19 km (12 miles) away.

Although its principal slopes are not the easiest to get to, Mayrhofen has always had a good variety of snow-sure skiing, and the recent link with Lanersbach made it even bigger. A gondola at the neighbouring village of Hippach, a little further along the Zillertal, provides another entry-point to the slopes. There are 157 km (98 miles) of prepared pistes spread among the Penken, Horberg, Rastkogel, Eggalm and Ahorn areas, with a further 86 km (54 miles) at Hintertux (a 40-minute bus ride). All told there's a grand total of 620 km (387 miles) of marked runs in the Ziller Valley. In the Mayrhofen area, with 49 lifts, sunny and treeless summit slopes, broad carving areas and challenging north-facing slopes, good off-piste opportunities, and gentle slopes for all the family, no-one need feel left out - from freeskiers to beginners. There's extensive snowmaking, covering around 80% of Mayrhofen's slopes. The resort claims the "last gaps in the artificial snow capability have been closed" thanks to new reservoirs in Gerent and Finkenberg.

Mayrhofen has one of the best piste maps in the business. You can see at a glance (the routes are marked very clearly in vibrant colours) the five main ski choices on the menu: the Ahorn Beginner's Route; the "Metre Eater's" Route (predominantly demanding red and black slopes taking in Harakiri, the Devil's run and the Panorama run); the Zillertal3000 Route (a broad sweep across the Penken, Horberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm, and the Harakiri and Panorama runs); the Penken Beginner's Route (including the Hornberg "Baby Tour" and Family run, the Mittertrett draglift area and the Hintertrett Sunjet quad lift); and the "Fun and Action" Route incorporating three race tracks, Harakiri, and the Burton Park. The Zillertaler Superski Pass also covers a handful of other resorts including Zell am Ziller, itself linked with Gerlos and Königsleiten.


PENKEN PARK

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, you will find just the right obstacles in our snow park on Action Mountain Penken. The park’s very own 4-person SunJet chairlift ensures that snowboarders and freeskiers can get in as many runs as possible in the six different areas.

Particularly beginners and younger freestyle acrobats get their money's worth here because the Kids Park - also equipped with its own lift -  offers perfect conditions to hone all of their tricks. Highlights include the huge Rainbow Box, the imposing Wallride at the foot of the park, and the massive "Beastbox" multi-jib.


HARAKIRI PISTE

Austria's steepest piste. Harakiri touches 78 degrees at its most terrifying point. It is a relatively short run, dropping straight down the northern face of Action Mount Penken, but in icy conditions, it's a challenge for most skiers! As a souvenir for those who conquer the challenge, the "I survived Harakiri" shirt is for sale at all Mayrhofner Bergbahnen ticket counters. If you don't feel like testing your limits, you can watch the action from the chairlift that runs right next to the slope.

Ski Lifts & Pass

Major investment in new lifts has opened up all kinds of new options in the Mayrhofen - Hentertux area.


Mayrhofen Ski Lifts

In recent years, major investment in new lifts, including gondolas, six-seater chairs and a 150-person cable car to Rastkogel, has opened up all kinds of new options at Lanersbach and Vorderlanersbach. Newly installed in 2004-05 was the Horberg "shuttle" - a magic-carpet lift for beginners who don't want to take the four-person Lärchwald lift in order to ski down the tricky red run back to the top station of the Horberg cable-car.

Also new last year: the Eggalm Nord 6-seat chair connecting with the 150-person Tux cable car, which takes skiers and boarders from the Tappental to the highest point of the ski area, the Wanglspitz 2,500 m (8,200 ft). From here, with wonderful views of the Zillertal peaks, you can ski down to the Rastkogel and further on to the Eggalm - both part of the Tux ski area - and then down the 3.5 km (2.1 miles) long panoramic run back to the slopes on the Penken.

The Ahorn cable car, now more than 25 years old, is expected to be replaced by a new one for 2005/06. And a new six or eight seat lift is planned for the Gerent area - a place where there's often good powder. The Knorrn double chair was recently replaced by a hooded six-seater chair and the Tappenalmlift double chairs have been replaced by eight-seaters. At Finkenberg, the double chairlift from the middle station to Penkenjoch (Finkenberg II) has been replaced by an eight-person gondola.


Mayrhofen & Zillertal Ski Lift Passes

Every ski area - Zillertal 3000, Zillertal Arena, Ski & Gletscher world (Hintertux) - has its own local pass, which is available from one to three and a half days. The "local" Zillertal 3000 pass includes Mayrhofen, Hippach, Finkenberg, Vorderlanersbach and Lanersbach. The Zillertaler Superskipass is valid on all the lifts in the Zillertal (including the Hintertux glacier). It is available from four to 21 days and there are also price reductions for teenagers and children. Travel on ski buses in the whole Zillertal is included.


SKIPASS MAYRHOFEN - 02.12.2017 TO 15.04.2018

TARIFE 2017/18
DAYSADULTSYOUNG PERSONCHILDREN
1 day€ 52,00€ 41,50€ 23,50
from 11 hrs€ 45,00€ 36,00€ 20,50
from 12 hrs€ 37,00€ 29,50€ 16,50
from 14 hrs€ 29,00€ 23,50€ 13,50
1.5 days from 12.00 p.m.€ 75,50€ 60,50€ 34,00
Day ticket with refund option€ 54,00€ 43,00€ 24,50
Deposit refund until 1.00 p.m.€ 16,50€ 13,00€ 7,50
The Zillertaler Superskipass applies as of 2 days
Ascent and descent (Pedestrain Ticket)€ 19,90€ 17,80€ 10,00


ZILLERTALER SUPERSKIPASS 02.12.2017 TO 15.04.2018

TARIFE 2017/18
DaysAdultsYoung PersonsChildren
2 days€ 102,50€ 82,00€ 46,00
2.5 days from 12 hrs€ 122,50€ 98,00€ 55,00
3 days€ 143,50€ 114,50€ 64,50
3,5 days from 12 hrs€ 164,50€ 131,50€ 74,00
4 days€ 179,00€ 143,00€ 80,50
5 days€ 214,50€ 171,50€ 96,50
6 days€ 249,00€ 199,00€ 112,00
7 days€ 282,50€ 226,00€ 127,00
4 in 6€ 198,00€ 158,50€ 89,00
5 in 7€ 232,50€ 186,00€ 104,50
6 in 7€ 259,00€ 207,00€ 116,50
10 in 14€ 403,50€ 323,00€ 181,50

  • Skipass Mayrhofen
    valid in Mayrhofen - Finkenberg - Rastkogel - Eggalm
    from 02.12.2017 to 15.04.2018 *
    ATTENTION: Lift operating dates and times may change due to the weather or for operational reasons. Their deployment is entirely dependent on demand, and a later season begin and/or season end is possible.
  • Zillertaler Superskipass
    Valid for all ski resorts in the Zillertal Valley including the Hintertux Glacier
    from  02.12.2017to 15.04.2018
  • Attention all parents! Our younger guests enjoy a children's discount! There are also attractive group rates. Children born after the 01.01.2012 enjoy free use of the lifts when accompanied by an adult and according the the terms and conditions of carriage.
  • Children, born after 01.01.2003 benefit from the discounted child rate.
    ** The young person's tariff applies to those born after 01.01.1999. Please note that photo ID is required in all cases.
  • Chip Cards
    For convenient and stress-free skiing and snowboard fun, ski passes are programmed on to smart chip cards, A deposit of € 2,00 is charged for each chip card, which is refunded in full on the undamaged return of the card to one of our collection points.

Activities & Things to do

By taking a day off from the usual winter sports try hiking for a change. The one hour panorama tour at Ahorn is a great sportive alternative to skiing and it´s an ideal trail to get into the world of  winter hiking. This tour starts at gondola Ahornbahn top station, you will pass the observation deck along your way, follow in order to get to Iglu village White Lounge. Almost every part of the trail features a view of the Zillertaler Alps and the valley Stilluptal.

For those willing to drive for a thrill head to the natural toboggan runs at mountain hut Gasthof Wienhof. Feel your heart race as you rush down the winding 3 km (1,8 miles) run at Tristenbachalm in Ginzling, it is well lit every night. The area´s longest night tobogganing run is located in Gerlossstein. It can be found at the top off gondola Gerlosssteinbahn and gives you access to 7 kilometers (4,3 miles) of fast-paced fun!

Adventure seekers can find their personal challenge by climbing the countless icy waterfalls in the region.  Beginners may attend ice climbing lessons to expand on their abilities. Guided tours are available as well!

The artificial ice rink in Mayrhofen´s center is ideal for ice-skating and curling.


Ski / snowboarding

There are two ski lifts in Mayrhofen itself: Penken and Ahorn. Besides them there are about dozen of ski lifts in nearby villages, all of them are easily reachable from Mayrhofen thanks to free ski buses (there are several different lines operating from/around the city). Those include Hintertux glacier.

Skipasses can also be purchased with a discount at Ascent Travel, which can be found in the lobby of Sporthotel Strass.

Unlike some other skiing resorts, helmets are not mandatory to enter pistes, but as always common sense recommends to wear it whenever on piste.

Basics of skiing resort

Grab a copy of pistenplan at skipass sales office or at Tourist Information; keep it with you while skiing. There are some maps on the slopes, but too rare for an unexperienced skier.

Ski cellars. Most hotels have a special room for storing guests equipment—frequently called ski cellar. This is also a place to dry your boots overnight—which is absolutely recommended, as otherwise your next day will be uncomfortable skiing in wet boots. The topmost rack is most effective, as only there no snow from the upper boots gets down.

Skiing schools

There is a total of about 10 skiing schools in Mayrhofen. To give you idea of their services, prices and conditions, below are two most widely sold and prominently located schools. Be careful with "the only school with certified instructors speaking your language here" touting: in most cases, it only applies to private instructors who are much more expensive than group lessons.

With children

Skiing schools accept children for training from 3 years old.

Ski rental

There are more than 10 shops offering equipment rental, and the competition is quite tough—so expect their services and quality to be quite similar to each other.

No cash deposit is required in exchange for the equipment you rent.

If you choose to learn with a skiing school, the easiest option is to rent equipment right with them—after the declared "special discount for school clients" it's maximum 10% more expensive than in a dedicated rental shop.

In any case, most shops (and schools) offer a good choice of equipment levels, from very beginners to quite advanced.

Logistics is that you take the full set of equipment for the whole duration of rental (e.g. 7 days) and return it to the rental shop only on the last day. During that period, you either store take full equipment to a hotel after each day, OR leave them at one of the ski depots (i.e. paid storages) at the base station or in the city just near the ski lift station. The only exception is SkiZone rentals, who offer free nightly storage of equipment you rented from them.


With a toddler

A typical scenario for a family with a 1.5-year toddler is that in the morning one parent rides on slopes while other stays with children, and in the afternoon they change.

Walking around the village with a toddler is absolutely boring for him, and best avoided as much as possible. Leaving kindergarten aside, there are several things to do in Mayrhofen:

  • riding on sleds on a small children's slope just near exit from Penken lift. Rent them for €3 per day in a depot, or buy rounded sled in any shop down in the city. You'll need a second skipass for that (for half a day will work most of the time), and there's no trick to avoid that.
  • find a playground in the village, although it can be tricky: access to most of them are restricted to respective hotel's clients
  • spend time in swimming pool & wellness complex

Healthy alternatives to apres ski

Activities:

  • swim and take sauna in welness complex
  • skate on the rink near the wellness complex

Places:

  • Erlbenisbad Mayrhofen (swimming pool, aqua center, sauna and spa complex), Waldbadstraße 539,  +43 5285 62559fax+43 5285 62559-50Swimming pool: 10:30am-9pm; sauna: 12pm-9:30pmSauna complex: non-separate attendance only; four types of sauna, soaking pool, an outdoor balcony to walk on snow or sit down at a deckchair and cool off for a while. Swimming pool features: Sauna+swimming pool: €14, unlimited time. Towels are rented for €1, with a deposit of 10 per company.
    • two indoor water slides: (101m and 65m).
    • a swimming tube (a whirling corridor), which is half-ring shaped corridor with artificial flow
    • a jacuzzi pool accommodating 6-7 persons
    • a number of outdoor facilities open in summer only
Sauna and swimming pool have independent entries and changing rooms, but can be visited from one to another with a ticket applied to electronic gates. The drawback is it makes you carry your ticket everywhere in one complex.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Mayrhofen is renowned for its après-ski – nowhere more so than next to the Penken cable-car top-station where the partying starts before you’ve left the slopes.


Mayrhofen Apres-Ski Bars

Mayrhofen is renowned for its après-ski - nowhere more so than next to the Penken cable-car top-station at the Pilzbar and the Elchbar at the Bergrast where the partying starts before you've left the slopes. Because the Penken cable car runs until 5.00pm (sometimes until 5.30pm) these bars enable skiers and boarders to make the most of some high-altitude festivity. In the valley, the après-ski is at usually at its busiest at the Sporthotel Strass, in the Ice Bar next to the Penken gondola and sometimes doesn't end until the hotel's cellar bar closes at dawn! The Scotland Yard pub (aka Scotti) is popular with snowboarders and serves British beer. Happy End (run by Uli Spiess) is a quieter alternative. The Speakeasy bar in the Hotel Strass has live music. The Garage (open late) and Schlusselalm are all popular. Apropos is another late night favourite. There are two main night-clubs: the Arena and the Schlussel. Away from the life behind and in front of bars, there is a three km toboggan run.


Mayrhofen Restaurants

There's an almost unlimited selection of restaurants. The Bar'n'Grill serves Mexican food, the pizzeria at Manni's Hotel is popular, and Mo's Diner has an American menu - including an array of cocktails. Grill Küchl is more up-market. The Café Rundum serves light meals - and hidden away in the cellar is the intimate Trödlkeller bar. The 17th century Hotel Neuhaus Restaurant has a delightful little dining stube, but booking is essential. The Neue Post next door also has a number of small dining areas. The ancient Wirtshaus Zum Griena, an authentic Tyrolean restaurant run by the Hotel Elisabeth, is an old farmhouse said to be 440 years old. It's just out of town, so you might like the idea of hitching a ride there on a horse-drawn sleigh. Skiers in search of a good Chinese restaurant will head for the The Singapore.


Mayrhofen Mountain Restaurants

Mayrhofen offers a choice of almost 30 mountain restaurants and bars throughout the ski area.

There's a choice of almost 30 huts and bars spread across the Mayerhofen slopes. At Josef's Biohütte only own home-grown organic produce is used - along with a variety of home-made schnapps. Although it's perched high on the slopes at 2,000 m (6,560 ft) the Schneekarhütte specialises in seafood: prawns and salmon steaks are menu favourites, along with fine wines. Christa's Schi-Alm, a restaurant near the top of the Nordhang chairlift, has a splendid outdoor grill area and outstanding views across the surrounding valleys and up towards Tux. For instant refreshment, there are many umbrella and snow bars scattered across the region.

Shopping

There are 5 or 6 sport goods stores in the city. They will help to cover a missing piece in your equipment (lost/forgotten/broken ), but don't expect to find too serious brands or professional equipment.

Beyond skiing equipment, there is some choice of perfumes, toys—but prices are generally higher than in Insbruk or in Vienna airport duty-free shop.

There also are several discount multi-brand stores selling high-street brands.


Food specialties 

Wine:

  • wine storenear Gasthof Brueckeuntil 6pmFeatures ice wine for €12 for a small bottle. 

For toddlers 

There are 2 or 3 drug stores where baby food and diapers are available.

  • DM Drodgerie Markt (pharmacy), Dursterstrasse 220,,  +43 5285650200Arguably the best choice of baby stuff: 2 or 3 brands of diapers (Pampers; DM's white label and sometime others); several brands of baby food (Hipp and others); plus fruit puree in specialty packaging: paste in tubes. 

Festivals & Events


ALTITUDE FESTIVAL

December
Every year, the 5-day Altitude Comedy Festival brings the world's biggest names in comedy to one of Europe's finest ski resorts. Après and evening shows keep the laughs coming till late, and you could find yourself sharing the slopes with the likes of John Bishop, Jim Jeffries, Marcus Brigstocke, Stephen K Amos and many more.


RISE&FALL

December
This adrenaline-fuelled relay competition is one of the biggest extravaganzas of the season. In a race against the clock, teams of four take on four sporting disciplines: RISE – ski touring and mountain biking – and FALL – paragliding and downhill skiing/snowboarding. And with free admission, this is one show you won’t want to miss.


SNOWBOMBING

April

The event has been run since 2000 when it was first held at the French resort of Risoul as an après-ski nightclub promotional exercise started by English promoters from Manchester called Outgoing Ltd. However, since 2005, the Tyrolean resort of Mayrhofen in Austria has hosted the festival which has evolved into Europe's biggest snow and music festival. Originally a DJ and electronic dance music-themed event, live acts were added to the bill in 2008, reflecting the resurgence of indie/rock music. The event's format is designed to combine winter sports (primarily snowboarding) with on-piste and après-ski music performances and themed parties in unusual locations, including an igloo village (pictured), a forest clearing, a traditional remote alpine farmstead and an open-air street party. 

Artists who have appeared at Snowbombing include Fatboy Slim, Madness, Pendulum, Example, Magnetic Man, Sub Focus, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Skream & Benga, Mark Ronson, Dizzee Rascal, Dirty Pretty Things, Grandmaster Flash, Foals, 2ManyDJs, The Enemy, Zane Lowe, Freestylers, Mylo, Dave Clarke, Gilles Peterson, Fabio, Grooverider, Tim Westwood, The Prodigy, The Vaccines, Skrillex, Pendulum, The Doves, The Cuban Brothers, Ton!c and James Zabiela. 

The event has a reputation for its imaginative and humorous elements; traditional Austrian cultural references are embraced (e.g. oompah bands, lederhosen and sausages) and given a contemporary/surreal twist. Unconventional clothing is encouraged in a series of fancy dress themes which are adhered to by many attendees (aka ‘Snowbombers’) and cult celebrities like Mr. Motivator are engaged to entertain and interact with the crowd.

The event is also notable for giving those who attend an alternative to flying. The Snowbombing Road Trip is not a race but a leisurely international drive from the UK to Mayrhofen, involving collecting points en route, an overnight ‘pit stop’ in Frankfurt, and an arrival procession in Mayrhofen – which declares the event open. 

With around fifty pools and saunas within easy reach, and a backdrop of breathtaking alpine scenery, Snowbombing regards itself as a festival which, in addition to music, additionally offers luxury and comfort. European television channels and radio broadcasters have covered the event, including BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, Eurosport, Canal+ and MTV Europe. 

The event is now promoted and produced by Broadwick Live, which is the parent company to SBH Events.

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