Mayrhofen Austria ski & resort guide

Mayrhofen – a stand out resort in one of the best ski regions of the Alps – the Zillertal Valley. It has a superb variety of ski terrain, one of the most recognised terrain parks in the world, glacier skiing in the Zillertal 3000 region and a fantastic and vibrant resort. Mayrhofen has ski areas on both sides of the resort – the Ahorn is ideal for beginners and families, whilst the Penken has some of the best and varied terrain in the region. The Penken area has the steepest groomed piste in Austria – the Harakiri, great intermediate ski safaris out into the lift and piste-linked Zillertal 3000 region and the world famous Vans Penken Park. Off the snow Mayrhofen is a well equipped year-round resort with great facilities and fantastic atmosphere with legendary events and apres ski.

For skiers Mayrhofen offers snow-sure skiing with the mighty 3250m Hintertux Glacier just down the valley and a top height of some 2500m at the Penken area. Guests to Mayrhofen can ski year-round on the Hintertux Glacier. The Ahorn offers great easy skiing and the Penken and the linked Zillertal 3000 ski area is perfect for intermediates. Mayrhofen also has a good deal of tough skiing with steeps both on and off-piste.

Mayrhofen is something of a snowboarders Mecca – the Vans Park is rated as one of the very best in the world and there is endless off-piste to tackle. Mayrhofen and the Zillertal Valley are home to the legendary Ästhetiker crew who grew from a few friends in the Zillertal to an institution for snowboarders.

Off the snow Mayrhofen is a really rounded resort with locals residing in the village and year-round visitors helped by the ability to ski 365 on the Hintertux Glacier. There is a huge range of accommodation on offer in Mayrhofen with top hotels down to traditional pensions. Quality across the board in the resort is high but Mayrhofen offers great value and avoids too much pretence or exclusivity – it is working village, with exceptional ski facilities and a year round feel to it. It is also very well connected with a railway stop close to the resort centre and the main valley road running along the edge of the resort.

Mayrhofen apres ski is some of the best in Alps. Action takes place at the top of the Penken gondola and over on the Ahorn side of the valley at the White Lounge. There are a number of huts on the mountains that rock from mid-afternoon and action carries on after the lifts close around the Penken base-station.

For those staying in Mayrhofen the Zillertal Super Ski Pass operates from 2 days upwards and offers over 650km skiing and more than 170 lifts. The Zillertal Valley is made up of three distinct areas – Ski Optimal, the Zillertal Arena and the Zillertal 3000 area.

Ski groups to Mayrhofen will find a good deal going for it with mixed terrain, plenty to do off the slopes and for corporate groups there are short transfers, quality accommodation and meeting facilities and superb activities on offer.