Mayrhofen - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Mayrhofen - Ski Resort in Zillertal, Austrian Alps - 146km of Piste (630m to 2,500m)
The Austrian Ski Resort of Mayrhofen is part of the Zillertal ski area with access to 489km of downhill skiing, with 91 individual pistes, served by 177 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Mayrhofen itself (146km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Zillertal ski resorts of Fügen, Hippach and Tux - Finkenberg. Mayrhofen is directly linked by Ski Lift to the ski areas of Hippach.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Who is Mayrhofen good for?
Mayrhofen Ski Area
|3||Black Pistes (29km)|
|27||Red Pistes (66km)|
|22||Blue Pistes (40km)|
|30km||Cross Country Pistes|
Zillertal Ski Area
Mayrhofen Ski Area Height
|630m||Resort Altitude (Mayrhofen)|
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Mayrhofen are perfectly feasible. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen's main local skiing area is the Penken, linked to the edge of the resort by a gondola (opened in 1995). A ski bus runs every 15 minutes linking this and the second gondola access to the Penken, the Horbergbahn down the valley and the cable car up to the resort's second ski area at Ahorn, with key points in the town. Both are largely covered by snow-making technology.
The Ahorn area is popular with beginners as it has almost exclusively easy slopes around the top and a chance to relax at the White Lounge. However the famous 5km (3 miles) long Ahorn Valley Run does run down this mountain. Beginners will also find key areas at the summit of the Penken to be the domain of learner skiers.
Mayrhofen's skiing is classic country for intermediate standard skiers who will enjoy endless opportunities on the Penken, including long trails down to neighbouring Finkenberg. Better skiers will spend most of their time on the Penken, with the popular Devil's Run on the linked Horberg mountain. Head for the Knorren side first thing in the morning as thats the first spot to get the sunshine.
The Zillertal 3000 partnership with neighbouring Finkenberg, Eggalm and Rastkogel opens up still more extensive possibilities and there are popular itineraries around the area.
Another option is to take the bus to other resorts on the Zillertaler Super Skipass which opens up over 480km (300 miles) of trails and 160 lifts, including the guaranteed snow trails of the Hintertux glacier. The bus is free to Pass holders. The resort has four ski schools employing around 150 instructors, many English speaking.
Snowboarding in Mayrhofen
Known to snowboarders as 'Big M', Mayrhofen is very snowboard-friendly, even bravely claiming to speak the language of 'snowboardish'.
One of the mountain's hot spots for boarders is the Gerent ridge, beautifully described as slightly incalculable by the 'in crowd' (who tend to congregate in the Scotland Yard pub at the end of the day). Otherwise the Penken offers wide open cruising terrain. The Vans Penken Park is at the 'Hintertrett' and has been regularly extrended.
All the rental shops have boards and all the ski schools have snowboarding tuition on offer, but Action Club Zillertal and Mountain Sport may appeal more if you already know the basics. Both offer all the OTHER winter action sports.
Mayrhofen Aprés Ski
Mayrhofen has one of the liveliest après ski scenes in the Alps with a wide range of bars and discothèques in action through in to the small hours. Names that crop up in numerous reviews include the Sport Arena Disco, Ice-bar, Niki's Schirmbar, Scotland Yard, Mo's, Apropos and the Movie Bar.
The ‘Ice Bar’ at the Hotel Strass and ‘Nikki’s Schirmbar’ are top spots for the afternoon, whilst ‘Scotland Yard’ and ‘Brücke’s Schlüssel Alm’ are the best to take you late into the night. One of the hippest spots in the Alps, is the ‘White Lounge’, part of the Igloo Village, located in the middle of the Ahorn ski area at 2000m. Every Tuesday is party night with live DJ spinning the decks at the big Igloo Party. After a night of stylish partying there is no need to hail a cab home...or a cable-car for that matter as by night the White Lounge turns into one of the most exclusive overnight accommodation venues.
At Europahaus music concerts of all types from pop, through jazz to classical are staged. Bowling rinks are open at the Hotel Neuhaus and at the Keghelbahn.
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Mayrhofen in brief
Mayrhofen Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.
Mayrhofen Season Dates
Closes : April 21, 2015.
Usual opening - Late Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen Piste Map
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Mayrhofen Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Mayrhofen is able to augment natural snow, on 109km of ski runs, with 147 Snow Cannons.
Mayrhofen Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 30 Ski Lifts of Mayrhofen are able to uplift 60,450 skiers / snowboarders per hour.