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World class modern lifts are a feature of beautiful Mayrhofen ski resort.
World class modern lifts are a feature of beautiful Mayrhofen ski resort.
Brilliant piste skiing at Mayrhofen.
Brilliant piste skiing at Mayrhofen.
Modern lifts extend directly from Mayrhofen's town centre.
Modern lifts extend directly from Mayrhofen's town centre.
Mayrhofen has superb mountain huts and off piste terrain.
Mayrhofen has superb mountain huts and off piste terrain.
The Zillertabahn conveniently drops you right in Mayrhofen.
The Zillertabahn conveniently drops you right in Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen ski resort has some excellent chikdren's facilities.
Mayrhofen ski resort has some excellent chikdren's facilities.
Lifts head in all directions at the top of the Horberg at Mayrhofen.
Lifts head in all directions at the top of the Horberg at Mayrhofen.
Lunch at the Gschősswandhaus at Mayrhofen is a real treat.
Lunch at the Gschősswandhaus at Mayrhofen is a real treat.
Pristine snow conditions on the Ahorn high above Mayrhofen.
Pristine snow conditions on the Ahorn high above Mayrhofen.
Glorious early morning sun near the top of Ahorn.
Glorious early morning sun near the top of Ahorn.
Mayrhofen's impressive terrain park.
Mayrhofen's impressive terrain park.
The Konbibahn allows skiers and non-skiers access to the top.
The Konbibahn allows skiers and non-skiers access to the top.
Austrian skii res0rts at their best - sun, snow, skiing, restaurarnts and bars.
Austrian skii res0rts at their best - sun, snow, skiing, restaurarnts and  bars.
Skiing hard and fast on one of Mayrhofen's internediate groomers.
Skiing hard and fast on one of Mayrhofen's internediate groomers.
Glorious views of the Zillertal at Mayrhofen.
Glorious views of the Zillertal at Mayrhofen.
Sheltered beginner areas near the top of Penkenbahn.
Sheltered beginner areas near the top of Penkenbahn.
The mountain huts are wonderful at Mayrhofen.
The mountain huts are wonderful at Mayrhofen.
Wide open piste heading down to the qualiity north aspect terrain.
Wide open piste heading down to the qualiity north aspect terrain.
Immaculate piste and modern SchneeKar 6 seater chair at Mayrhofen.
Immaculate piste and modern SchneeKar 6 seater chair at Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria.
Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria.

Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria

A smile comes across your face as you alight from the Zillertalbahn in Mayrhofen ski resort. A stress-free train ride from Innsbruck and the first sight is the magnificent Penkenbahn gondola heading up to the Mayrhofen ski resort right from the centre of town.

Welcome to skier, snowboarder and party-goer 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 ski resort delivers the goods on so many levels.

Mayrhofen Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Mayrhofen skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of six different areas with the funky names of Penken, Horberg, Ahorn, Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm. All are lift interlinked except Ahorn, which stands alone acroos the valley. The terrain suits all abilities, is 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 Skiing Mayrhofen page.

Mayrhofen Snow & Weather

Mayrhofen may have suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament in recent history – not helped by its very low base elevation - but it has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls in the lower parts of the resort. 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 Tirol 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 Travel to Mayrhofen page.

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 Zillertaler SuperSki

The Mayrhofen ski area has an interlinked lift pass with all of the other Ziller (and Tuxer) valley ski resorts via the Zillertaler SuperSkiPass. All lift passes greater than 1 day are sold as Zillertaler SuperSkiPass allowing 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, Schlick 2000). To the east (by train) are the huge Kitzbϋhel, awesome SkiCircus Saalbach, Zell am See and Kaprun.

Mayrhofen Accommodation

Mayrhofen has every style of accommodation covered. From 5-star luxury hotels 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 ski in ski out accommodation on Ahorn and Horberg plus just outside Mayrhofen in the villages of Finkenberg and Tux may appeal to some.

For more detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Mayrhofen Accommodation Info page.

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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 Mayrhofen Facilities & Services page and Food & Nightlife page.

Other Activities at Mayrhofen

If you have enough of your skis or snowboard, or if you are with some non skiers in your group, a range of other activities are available in Mayrhofen.

The most fun Mayrhofen activity is tandem paragliding from the top of Penken all the way down to town.

Other options include winter walks, scenic gondola and train rides or perhaps a visit to the stunning top of Hintertux Glacier and a visit to the Ice Caves.

For more detailed information see the Mayrhofen Activities & Tours page.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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    Mayrhofen Trail Map
  • Mayrhofen Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Mayrhofen
    620m – 2473m (1853m)

    Zillertal
    580m – 3250m (2670m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (39)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    17 Chairs

    Zillertal – 179 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    December to mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 136km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 32%

    Zillertal – 515km
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Adult - €52
    Child - €23.50
    Child U/6yr - Free

    Tickets 2 Days or Greater =
    Zillertaler Superskipass

    Zillertal Ski Resort Map
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