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489acres of pistes
630m resort height
1.25 hours transfer time
Intermediates & experts great for
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Mayrhofen ski weekends overview

Mayrhofen ski weekends provide the perfect escape the heart of the Zillertal Valley. Essentially, Mayrhofen is part of one giant resort spread throughout the area and all on one lift pass, including the open-all-year Hintertux glacier. Ski weekends in Mayrhofen are a truly excellent snow sure option.

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 Mayrhofen

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.

Beginners
The ski schools in Mayrhofen have a fantastic reputation so you’ll be snowplowing on the nursery slopes at Ahorn or Penken before you know it.

Intermediates
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.

Advanced
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. 

Après ski in Mayrhofen

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.

Best for...

  • Short breaks
  • Short transfer
  • Après
  • Groups
Accommodation in Mayrhofen

We added Mayrhofen ski weekends to flexiski in 2016/2017 and since then its proved a huge hit. All of our hotels are based in fairly central positions and are within walking distance to the Penkenbahn (main resort gondola). All of the bars and restaurants the resort has to offer are also located close by.

The Elizabeth’s dreamy spa is more than welcome after a day on the slopes or get lost in the warren of facilities under the Neuhaus – you could be entertained for hours.

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3* Hotel Maria Theresia
3* Hotel Maria Theresia

Sat just off the main street, the quiet location lets you escape the lively après scene whilst still being within easy walking distance of the centre.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Sauna
  • Wifi
  • Car parking
More info
4* Elisabeth Hotel
4* Elisabeth Hotel

Elisabeth Hotel, luxury ski accommodation in Austria. Need to relax? It’s okay to be lazy here, leave the skiing on the mountain and enjoy the spa.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
More info
4* Hotel Neue Post
4* Hotel Neue Post

The family-run 4* Hotel Neue Post is in the centre of Mayrhofen. Traditionally styled and serving up some exquisite Hugo cocktails.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Sauna
More info

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Mayrhofen

The resort
Resort height - 630m
Highest point - 3,250m

Ski areaZiller Valley ski area - 489km of piste

Slopes
Blue runs 26%
Red runs 63%
Black runs 11%

Lifts - 177

Season length - December to April

Resort ratings
Beginners - 2/5
Intermediates - 3/5
Experts - 2/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 2/5
Après - 4/5
Eating out - 3/5
Charm - 3/5
Scenery - 3/5

Activities
Cross-country skiing | tobogganing | snow shoeing | igloos | ski touring

Transfer time
Innsbruck - 1 hour

Ziller Valley area lift pass
3 day lift pass from £146
6 day lift pass from £254

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