Mayrhofen Ski Holidays

Mayrhofen Ski Holidays

An hour’s journey from the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, the Austrian ski resort at Mayrhofen with its 146kms of on-piste runs lies in the Zillertal Ski Area. Lift passes here allow skiing in the other resorts in the area, comprising Hippach, Fugen, Hintertux and Finkenberg. Maythofen is a favourite with many annual visitors for its commitment to retaining the town’s traditional Tyrolean architectural integrity.

With its extensive local ski area set on two separate mountain slopes, Mayrhofen, set at a low 639m, is the largest of the several villages in the area and is well supplied with lodgings, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Skiing here is snow-sure and reliable at most levels with trails augmented on the less than 2,000m high runs by 147 efficient snow cannons. The resort is served by 30 ski lifts, including a massive 160-person cable car, which can cope with 60,000 skiers and snowboarders per hour. The on-piste runs are classified as 22 blues, 27 reds and only three blacks, backed up by advanced and expert-level challenging off-piste trails and black runs above the neighbouring resorts.

Mayrhofen’s two mountains, Penken and Ahorn, offer runs in winter with the nearby Hintertux glacier at 3,250m giving year-round skiing. The Ahorn’s runs are suitable for beginners and intermediates, with the exception of one steep, long red run removed as a venue for the World Cup Downhill for its dangers.

Penken Mountain provides a variety of runs at various levels plus Austria’s steepest piste, aptly names Harakiri. The gondola system for Penken starts from the village’s main street, with the huge Ahorn cable car at the southern edge of town. Mayrhofen offers more than just nods to snowboarders with its fun park and dedicated ‘snowboard hotel’, Gasthof Zillertal.

The resort has a reputation for leaning towards the younger skiing and partying crowd and is much-loved by winter sports enthusiasts from the UK and Europe for its annual Snowbombing Music Festival in April. Since it started in 2000, the event has gained respect and notoriety in the world of electronic dance music as a major festival, attracting many thousands of return visitors every year. Unusually for Austria, Mayrhofen has a rail station linking it with Jenbach and giving access to most of the valley’s ski areas. In addition, the extensive bus service linking the areas is increased during the winter season to cater for the increase in visitors.