Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria
A smile comes across your face as you alight from the Zillertalbahn in Mayrhofen. A stress-free train ride from Innsbruck and the first sight is the magnificent Penkenbahn gondola heading up the mountain right from the centre of Mayrhofen. Welcome to skier, snowboarder and partygoer paradise. Super modern lifts, awesome piste skiing, fun and challenging off-piste, access to huge interconnected resorts up and down the valley, plus wonderful après and nightlife. Mayrhofen delivers the goods on so many levels.
Mayrhofen Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain
The Mayrhofen skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of five different areas with the funky names of Penken, Ahorn, Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm. All are interlinked by modern lifts except Ahorn. The terrain suits all abilities, is across across a wide expanse and on all aspects (sun and shadow).
Mayrhofen has invested heavily in a range of new lifts in recent times and as such provides extremely efficient uphill movement. From the huge Ahorn cable car and Penken gondola that leave directly from town, a range of modern chairs, including a combo chair/gondola (funnily enough called the Kombibahn), move you swiftly to the good stuff. Several surface tows and conveyors service beginner areas around the top of Penkenbahn.
Piste trails and off piste terrain are all near to and above
the tree line, with some notable exceptions being ski route 30 down to
Hippach and piste trail 5 into the town of Mayrhofen. Ahorn's piste trail 5 has nearly 1300m of skiable vertical and a northerly aspect - seriously fun top to bottom skiing. In the days following fresh snow, a vast off piste awaits those that are hunting powder. Some challenging steeps and wide open alpine bowls predominate, but if the snow is deep and low, many opportunities to freeride the meadows and trees down into the valleys present themselves. Beware the barb wire fences!
Mayrhofen is generally snowboard friendly (not too many flat spots!). Park junkies will love the terrain park near the SunJet chair.
For more detailed information and ratings see the Lifts & Terrain
Mayrhofen Snow & Weather
Mayrhofen has suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament in recent history – not helped by its very low base elevation - but has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls. Luckily most of the real terrain is above 1500m, and when nature delivers natural snow, Mayrhofen provides the goods quickly with its alpine meadow terrain rapidly covered.
Where is Mayrhofen Austria?
Mayrhofen is in the Tyrol region of Austria, 67km south east of Innsbruck
. By car it takes about 1hr to reach Mayrhofen from Innsbruck.
Closest major international gateway airports are Milan and Munich, with the airport at Innsbruck also providing some international access, particularly from within Europe. Private or shuttle transfers from the airports and train stations are available, or for those travelling on a shoestring, there are public transport options.
Public transport options are excellent via the 32km long Zillertal Railway (Zillertalbahn). The Zillertalbahn runs regularly on every day of the ski season from Jenbach railway station east of Innsbruck. Public buses also make the journey, but less regularly.
For more detailed information see the How to Get There
Summer Skiing at nearby Hintertux Glacier
Nearby Hintertux Glacier offers skiing every day of the year. In summer, a total of 10 lifts operate on 18km of slopes. The longest run in summer is 2km long.
Interlinked with Zillertal 3000 & Zillertaler SuperSki
The Mayrhofen ski area has an interlinked lift pass with Hintertux as part of the Zillertal 3000 ski area and all the other ski resorts in the Ziller (and Tuxer) valley via the Zillertaler SuperSkiPass. The Zillertaler SuperSkiPass is for 2 days or more and allows unfettered access to Mayrhofen, Hintertux Glacier, Zillertal Arena and Fϋgen-Kaltenbach. Anyone skiing for more than one day at Mayrhofen should get a Zillertaler SuperSkiPass as it provides better value and a diversity of skiing options.
Nearby Ski Resorts
In addition to the Zillertal ski areas, a feast of Austrian ski resorts are within 2 hours of Mayrhofen. To the west, the 9 ski resorts of Innsbruck’s
Olympia SkiWorld (i.e. Stubai Glacier, Patscherkofel
, Axamer Lizam, Kuhtai). To the east (by train) are the huge Kitzbϋhel
, awesome SkiCircus Saalbach
, Zell am See
Mayrhofen has every style of accommodation covered. From 5-star luxury to budget guesthouses, at Mayrhofen you can even spend the night in an Igloo at the White Lounge on Ahorn. Staying near the centre of town is always fun and allows easy access to the lifts. Alternatively, quality accommodation just outside Mayrhofen may appeal to some. Some of our favorites include:
Sporthotel Stock Resort
- 5 star accommodation at nearby Finkenburg, only 200m from the Finkenberger Almbahn gondola. Exceptional full service hotel at the entrance to the Tux valley above Mayrhofen.
Hotel Gasthof Perauer
- This beautiful hotel is perfectly located next to the Ahorn cable car and a few minutes’ walk from the Penkenbahn in Mayrhofen.
- Modern apartments with full facilities near the lifts and entertainment in the centre of Mayrhofen.
- Perfectly located guesthouse in the heart of Mayrhofen, close to everything, but in a quiet location.
- Situated just out of Mayrhofen, the Gutshof is a great value 4-star hotel with a range of room configurations.
- Exceptional range of two, three and four bedroom apartments with full kitchens located next to the Penkenbahn gondola and near the Ahorn cable car.
Hotel Neue Post
- Traditional full service Mayrhofen hotel. Near the centre of town, only 700m from the Penkenbahn gondola (ski bus stop directly out front), the Neue Post has a full restaurant and bar, huge breakfast buffet, half board available, indoor pool and spa area. Free onsite car parking.
Mayrhofen Accommodation Listings
– options for lodging only.
Mayrhofen Ski Holidays
– packages with accommodation and options for other extras such as lift tickets.
Services and Facilities
Mayrhofen is a full-service ski resort by it also being a major town. On mountain restaurants are excellent. The Gschösswandhaus is the secret locals favorite. A secret no more.
The ski area has more ski rental and gear shops, ski schools, instructors and guides than you could possibly poke a stock at. Shop around for the best deal.
Mayrhofen has some of the Alps best and mentally challenging male toilets at the Penken top station – clearly the architects had a sense of humour. One way glass allows one to see people walking outside in front of the urinals. See if you can conquer the mind over matter challenge.
Worth mentioning also are the unique Mayrhofen ‘Snow Limo’ tours for those unable (or unwilling) to ski. Participants are taken on a sit ski ‘limo’ down the Ahorn pistes. My mum would have loved the chance to do it. Same with the paragliding!
For more detailed information see the Resort Services page.
Summary of Pros and Cons
Fantastic, modern lift system direct from the centre of town.
- Superb valley run down from Ahorn to Mayrhofen.
- Excellent piste trails for all ski abilities.
- Very good on mountain dining.
- Excellent après, party and dancing opportunities.
- Access to three other ski areas on the Zillertaler SuperSkiPass.
- Transport to Mayrhofen via the Zillertalbahn.
No valley run from Penken to Mayrhofen – must download.
- Snow quality can be variable depending on aspect and elevation.
Pro or Con (depending on your perspective)
Mayrhofen town is quite low so may not have snow.