Mayrhofen is nestled in the centre of the Zillertal Valley. Essentially one giant resort spread throughout the area and all on the one lift pass including the open-all-year Hintertux glacier. It doesn’t get more snow sure than that.
The resort is based around one central street packed full of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. It’s a real mix here with boarders, skiers, young and old all just having a good time. Ski access is via a gondola at the top of town (Penkenbahn) and you get this back down to town at the end of the day, don’t worry it’s super quick so there’s never a big queue. The other option is the Ahorn slightly further uptown and you can actually ski back to the resort from here.
Mayrhofen has 134km of pistes mostly between 1,650m and 2,500m giving a long and reliably snowy season. So high altitude skiing and lively après and a short airport transfer combine to create one very sought after resort.
Skiing in the resort
There’s so much skiing in Mayrhofen. Not only do you have direct access to the two mountains of Ahorn and Penken either side of the village, there are also free buses to get to the rest of the Zillertal Valley which opens up a total of 489km of skiing, all covered on one lift pass.
The ski schools in Mayrhofen have a fantastic reputation so you’ll be snowploughing on the nursery slopes at Ahorn or Penken before you know it.
Intermediate skiers have a lot to choose from with plenty of blues and reds. These tend to be a little steeper than most resorts but will definitely get you pushing yourself. The Hintertux glacier also offers some really lovely runs for all levels of intermediates, and it’s particularly nice to get up there on a beautiful sunny day.
If you’re an expert skiing, you can’t go to Mayrhofen without trying what is said to be Austria’s steepest groomed piste, Harakiri, which can be incredibly challenging at times. There are varying black runs dotted around although you’ll mainly find them on Penken and as with most resorts, when the snows good the off piste is decent.
Whilst the resort is relatively low, snow isn’t an issue. It’s easy to access the high, snow-sure slopes of the Hintertux glacier via the bus and it’s open all year round, which means skiing in Mayrhofen is a good option for early and late season.
Not a town to shy away from a party the après gets going not long after you’ve had lunch up on the mountain. The Pilzbar up on the Penken gets the Euro pop thumping, or catch the last of the sun on your way down from the Ahorn – the only run back into resort. The party carries on all over town and into the early hours.
It’s not hard to see why Mayrhofen seems to be king of the alpine festivals none bigger than ‘Snowbombing’ a week of skiing, boarding and constant music – Europe’s biggest snow-music festival. And let’s not forget the laughs of the ‘Altitude Comedy Festival’ in early December.
Vibrant and energetic Mayrhofen isn’t just about the party though there’s plenty of quieter bars and restaurants to enjoy a more low key profile away from the throbbing speakers.