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Skiing in Mayrhofen

01 January 0001

  • Great resort for confident intermediates who are up for a challenge.
  • Located in the Zillertal ski area, you have access to over 500km of piste which is linked by 181 lifts.
  • Extensive ski area in Mayrhofen offering a good mix of cruisy blues and steeper reds, best for intermediate skiers.
  • The Mayrhofen ski area is backed up by the Hintertux Glacier which offers a snow guarantee for early or late ski holidays.
  • The Vans Penken Snowpark is excellent for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Ski Area Overview

With access to over 500km of piste in the Zillertal Ski Area with a Tirol Snow Card or Zillertal Superski pass, Mayrhofen is an excellent resort if you wish to conquer the Zillertal Alps! If staying local then you definitely won’t be let down as you still have 136km of piste to play on in Mayrhofen and interlinked neighbours; Lanersbach, Finkenberg and Hippach.

The Mayrhofen ski resort stretches across multiple mountains. The Ahorn area tends to be popular with beginners as it has an array of easy slopes around the top and the Penken area suits intermediates looking for endless opportunities or advanced skiers who want to try out the Devils Run on the linked Horberg mountain.  

All slopes are reached by gondolas so beginners will need a full lift pass, but the ski schools in Mayrhofen are great and the beginner runs are perfect for fast progression. Although the main slopes aren’t the easiest to get to, Mayrhofen is a snow-sure resort and has plenty of varied terrain. There is also a new cable car to the Ahorn area and a new and faster gondola up to the main Penken ski area.

The Mayrhofen ski area is backed up by the Hintertux Glacier which offers a snow guarantee so you can ski early or late in the season. Around 80% of the slopes are also covered in snow-making facilities which supports the natural snowfall for even better skiing throughout most of the season.

Take a look at our breakdown below for more information relevant to your ability:

Advanced

If you are an expert, then the Harakiri is the slope for you! At 78% this is the steepest marked slope in Austria. The Harakiri is a short run so close your eyes and take the plunge if you are feeling brave enough.

Intermediate

Mayrhofen is the perfect resort for intermediates with big, broad pistes around the main Penken slopes. There is also a wealth of intermediate skiing if you get the Zillertaller Superski Pass. Intermediates should also try the skiing at the top of the Hitertux glacier.

Beginner

There are some good areas around Mayrhofen for beginners to find their snow legs. The best areas are on the Ahorn, accessed by the Ahorn gondola. There is also a good spot at the top of the Penken gondola which is best for groups with mixed abilities.

Snowboarder

Mayrhofen is a very snowboard-friendly resort and is becoming a bit of a hotspot for boarders. One of the places snowboarders like to head to is the Gerent Ridge or The Vans Penken Park at the Hintertrett which is one of the best in Europe.

Off-piste*

There are plenty of off-piste opportunities in Mayrhofen but it’s go early as runs will get tracked out by mid-morning. If you can then it’s worth waiting for a good dumping of snow and then try the off-piste on the north side of the bowl near Penken Park. With good snow comes a high chance of avalanche so always go with a guide.

* Ski Weekends strongly advise that off-piste skiing should only be undertaken when in the company of a professional ski instructor or guide.

To find out more about skiing in Mayrhofen feel free to contact one of our friendly Ski Experts on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected]

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