Mayrhofen Ski Holidays
Austria

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Description

Mayrhofen has grown in both size and reputation over the last few years, with lively après – including the annual Snowbombing music festival – being a major draw. However, the appeal extends much further than just the energetic party scene: Mayrhofen’s snow reliability, charming traditional village, rural setting and varied slopes make it an appealing destination for one and all.

The local ski area has just over 133km of terrain, but you can upgrade to the full area lift pass for an extra 508km of skiing across the Ziller Valley. The best place for beginners is the Ahorn area – its high, snow-sure slopes are great for taking your first turns. The Penken area has lots of blue and red pistes to progress onto and experts can attempt the infamous Harakari piste – the steepest run in Austria with a 78 degree gradient! Better still, the resort has great off-piste potential and one of the best snow parks around: the Vans Penken Park.

Party animals will be glad to know that Mayrhofen has a strong après-ski scene, with lively celebrations starting on the mountain and carrying on in town long into the night. Families in search of peace and serenity need not fret: the resort has plenty of quiet areas away from the noise, and there are some excellent childcare facilities and off-slope activities too. While it may not be a foodies paradise, the resort is home to a variety of great-value mountain restaurants, which are generally less expensive than those you’d find in Switzerland or France.

Holidaymakers interested in Mayrhofen can fly from a number of UK airports to Innsbruck, from which the resort is roughly an hour’s transfer away. One can also catch a train to Mayrhofen via Jenbach.

Within the resort itself, regular ski buses provide easy access from chalet to slope.


Getting There

Unless you have booked a package with flights and transfers included then you will need to think about the best way for you to get to resort.

Fly

The most common way of travelling out from the UK is to fly, there are four local airports to Mayrhofen:

Innsbruck - 70km - 1hr30
Salzburg - 180km - 2hr30
Munich - 160km - 2hr40

There are several companies who offer both shared a private transfers to take you to and from the resort. Private transfers only work out better value if you are a larger group so if you are only a smaller group then a shared transfer will be cheaper. Make sure that you look up transfer arrangements before booking your flights as some only operate on certain days and times and you don’t want to find yourself stuck at the airport.

Our recommended transfer companies for Mayrhofen include:

Ski Lifts have been awarded world’s best transfer operator in the world ski awards, they provide transfers every day of the week.

Alps2Alps offer good value private transfers

Train

There is no direct train from the UK but there are services from London St Pancras to Mayrhofen im Zillertal via Paris Est, Munchen Hbf and Jenbach Zillertalbahn. There are then buses from the station into resort which run every hour. The whole journey takes approximately 13 hours.

Drive

If you are planning on driving from the UK, the journey will take approximately 14 hours. You would need to take either the eurotunnel or ferry and drive through France to Austria. It is important to note that there are many tolls along the route which will cost approximately £70 each way; but this will depend on your vehicle and route.


When to Go

Mayrhofen is one of the lower resorts in Europe so it is probably not the best choice if you are planning on travelling early or late in the season as the snow conditions may not be as good. Having said that, much of the ski domain is above 1,600m and both the Hintertux Glacier and Lannersbach ski area can be accessed by a free shuttle bus so you will hopefully be able to ski some good conditions all season long.


As with the majority of resorts, it does get busier during school holidays and the slopes can get crowded with long queues for the Penken gondola which is inconveniently located.


Where to Stay

The village of Mayrhofen is relatively small with the main pedestrianised street running through the centre. The majority of accommodation in Mayrhofen is hotels but more and more operators are starting to operate catered chalets in the resort.



Getting around

Mayrhofen is relatively small so the resort is walkable, alternatively there is a free bus that runs throughout the resort from both the Penken and Ahorn areas.


Apres

Mayrhofen’s après-ski and partying reputation seems to grow each year, perhaps due in part to the resort’s now world-renowned Snowbombing music festival in April each year.

One of the major attractions come 3.30pm is the extremely lively Ice Bar in the Hotel Strass, located next to the Penkenbahn base station. The place really kicks off from 4.30pm and is mainly frequented by Brits, Dutch, Germans and Swedes. If you want to hang with the seasonaires, a popular haunt is Scotland Yard: a British-themed pub that formerly housed the resort’s police station. For classic Austrian après with live traditional bands, the Bruck’n Stadl is the place to go, and those looking to party until the early hours will want to remember Schlusselalm, which stays open later than anywhere else and offers all kinds of music and DJs.

For a more relaxed après-ski beverage when 3:30pm rolls around, the White Lounge is a stunning slope-side igloo bar up in the Ahorn area with a laid-back atmosphere. Another great choice is Harakiri Bar: a very modern establishment with some sophistication and pleasant snacks. Happy End, meanwhile, is a nice quiet bar with a great range of drinks.


Eating out

Mayrhofen offers a range of great dining options for different tastes and budgets, including some delectable traditional cuisine.

On the slopes, Schneekarhutte is an excellent place to stop for a long lunch, with mostly organic and locally sourced produce and an exclusive wine list. For a quick pit stop, Lattenalm is a nice little snack hut, and for lunch with a spectacular view, Freiraum am Ahorn and Gschosswandhutte are great picks.

In town, the Waldcafe restaurant is rated highly for its classic local food, which comes at excellent value for money – a brilliant choice for feeding hungry kids. Mamma Mia is another great value option, serving up delicious Italian food.

If you’re looking for something with copious historic charm, it’s hard to go past the Wirtshaus zum Griena. Here, you can enjoy traditional Austrian meals in a 400-year-old dining room – which affords a wonderfully quaint atmosphere. The Hotel Neue Post restaurant is another top-notch choice for traditional culinary delights and a cosy ambiance.

For groups of mates seeking hearty portions, the Strass Sports Bar and Grill plates up generous servings of international foods like steak, chips and curry. For a lively atmosphere, Mo's Bar plays a variety of jazz, rock, pop and blues tunes, plus they serve great Mediterranean and Caribbean food. For a big feed on the mountain, head to the historic Ahornhutte at the top of the Ahorn lift.

Below, you’ll find a few top restaurants for families, couples and groups of friends, as well as some excellent on-mountain dining options.


Good for Couples

Freiraum am Ahorn

On Piste Restaurant

Ahornstraße 853

Mayrhofen

+43 528 562 277

Good for Couples

Hotel Neue Post Restaurant

Hauptstraße 400

Mayrhofen

+43 528 562 131

Good for Couples

Wirtshaus zum Griena

Dorfhaus 768

Mayrhofen

+43 528 562 778

Good for Family

Mamma Mia

Einfahrt Mitte 432

Mayrhofen

+43 5285 6768

Good for Family

Waldcafe

Peter-Habeler-Straße 556

Mayrhofen

+43 664 4607 317

Good for Friends

Cafe Tirol

Hauptstraße 448

Mayrhofen

+43 528 562 320

Good for Friends

Mo's Bar

Hauptstraße 417

Mayrhofen

+43 528 563 4350

Good for Friends

Strass Sports Bar and Grill

Hauptstraße 470

Mayrhofen

+43 5285 6705


Activities

For non-skiers or those looking to shake things up sans skis, there are plenty of ways to amuse yourself in Mayrhofen.

One of the most popular pastimes is tobogganing, which is possible through the day and into the evening. Action Club Zillertal offers night tobogganing down an illuminated 7km track, which includes a pit stop at a quaint hut halfway down the mountain.

Hiking is another fantastic choice for all ages, not to mention a perfect way to explore the stunning mountain scenery. In fact, many come to Mayrhofen solely for the winter walking trails in and around the resort. The next step up is snowshoeing with an experienced guide, which gives you the opportunity to explore untouched powder and reach the highest peaks.

Thrill seekers may want to try paragliding or ice climbing in Mayrhofen, while families looking to keep the kids entertained might choose a charming horse-drawn sleigh ride or ice skating – a winter holiday staple.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.


Ice skating

Mayrhofen

+43 528 564 000

Night Tobogganing

Mayrhofen

+43 5285 629 77

Snowshoeing

Mayrhofen

+43 664 312 0266


Ski School

There is a selection of ski schools in Mayrhofen offering group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition.

Our recommended ski schools in Mayrhofen include:

Mayrhofen 3000 Ski School have local, well trained and highly motivated instructors and offer the best learning success with lots of variety and fun. They provide ski and snowboard lessons for children and adults.

Ski Pro Austria is known for its outstanding reputation and have over 35 years experience with highly qualified ski instructors.

Skischule SMT Mayrhofen offer private and group lessons as well as offering kids courses and creches.


Getting around

Mayrhofen is relatively small so the resort is walkable, alternatively there is a free bus that runs throughout the resort from both the Penken and Ahorn areas.


Family ski

With charming resort centre, snow-sure slopes, swift lifts, and excellent ski schools, Mayrhofen has plenty to offer parents and children looking for family adventure in the Alps. It’s a pretty village with a great snow record, with neighbouring resorts nicely linked on the ski pass. But with that said, the lack of learner-friendly terrain can be challenging and it’s not widely considered to be a great resort choice for beginner skiers. Queues for the main lifts can be a problem, especially on peak dates, and the resort’s bus service often runs at capacity. Mayrhofen also offers a lively nightlife for those that want to mix skiing and partying, which can sometimes send families elsewhere. 

The nursery slopes next to the Horbergbahn gondola offers a magic carpet lift and a T-bar, where families with young learners can enjoy the slopes in comfort. You’ll also find further nursery slopes on the nearby Ahorn mountain, across the resort.

Some of the biggest draws for families and children to Mayrhofen are the Fun Rides, where young skiers and snowboarders can tackle an exciting array of challenges on the snow. The Fun Ride Ahorn offers the easiest terrain, with more challenging slopes on the Fun Ride Penken and tougher terrain again on the Fun Ride Gerent. Mayrhofen’s Fun Rides blend specially crafted elements of skiercross and freestyle skiing, within a safe and clearly-defined area. The piste is gently-sloping and well-suited to families, with challenges to suit a wide range of abilities.

Parents in search of adrenaline-pumping thrills away from the groomed pistes can turn to Leisure Mountain Ahorn, where sleds are available to rent for high-speed excitement. There’s a specially designed toboggan slope perfect for families and kids, with sloping terrain and banked turns safely separated from the main ski slopes. You can hire single or double sleds, so parents can share a sled with young children or race them in tandem — and children from five years old and upwards are welcome to ride solo. You’ll find the toboggan hire centre in the White Lounge Igloo Village on Leisure Mountain Ahorn. Away from the toboggan slopes, alternative non-ski activities to enjoy as a family in Mayrhofen include heated outdoor pool, ice rink, skidoo, bowling alley and snowshoeing.  


Group Ski

Mayrhofen is included on the Zillertal ski pass covering a total of 671kms of piste which is serviced by an efficient lift system. The resort is mainly best for intermediate skiers as the beginner area is separate from the main ski area and there are a few steep runs. 

Mayrhofen is one of Austria’s top resorts for apres ski with a good variety of bars, the resort is also good for families and  groups with non skiers with plenty of off slope facilities as well as excellent children amenities.


Childcare

For families with young kids, there are a number of excellent childcare providers in the resort.

Mayrhofen Total ski school run a crèche for kids as young as 2, with options ranging from several hours to a full day with lunch provided. Wuppy’s Kinderland, meanwhile, takes children between 3 months and 7 years and offers craft activities and outdoor fun in good weather.

Otherwise, there are a variety of private nannies in Mayrhofen and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, including tobogganing and ice skating.


The Piste

Beginner

Almost a third of the slopes in Mayrhofen are suitable for beginners. The majority of the beginner slopes are located in the Penken area.

Intermediate

Mayrhofen is perfectly suited to intermediate skiers with big and broad pistes spread across the main Penken slopes. Intermediates can also find some easy but relatively steep trails on the Tuxer Glacier.

Experts

Mayrhofen has a total of 22km of black runs, the longest being the 5.5km piste down to the Ahorn area. Other advanced runs to note are the Harakiri run located close to the Knorren lift which is sometimes known as ‘Austria’s steepest piste’; and the popular ‘devil’s run’ located below the Schneekar lift.
There is also plenty of off-piste terrain throughout the resort as well as two unprepared by marked ski routes; one from the Penken down to the bottom station of the Horberg cable car and one from Rastkogel to the Eggalm.


Ski School

There is a selection of ski schools in Mayrhofen offering group and private lessons. Group lessons are more sociable and will work out cheaper but are less intense than one to one tuition.

Our recommended ski schools in Mayrhofen include:

Mayrhofen 3000 Ski School have local, well trained and highly motivated instructors and offer the best learning success with lots of variety and fun. They provide ski and snowboard lessons for children and adults.

Ski Pro Austria is known for its outstanding reputation and have over 35 years experience with highly qualified ski instructors.

Skischule SMT Mayrhofen offer private and group lessons as well as offering kids courses and creches.


Equipment Hire

Mayrhofen has a selection of ski hire stores offering the latest selection of equipment. We would recommend that you book your hire in advance as many places will offer online discounts.

Our recommended ski hire stores in Mayrhofen include:

Skiset have been providing top of the range equipment in conveniently located stores for almost 20 years and offer an array of state of the art equipment to hire.

Intersport are a staple in most ski resorts across the Alps. They offer a large selection of ski and snowboard equipment.

Sport 2000 provide the best equipment from all major brands.


Lift Passes

Lift passes for two of three days are valid on the Ski Zillertal 3000 Circuit linking Mayrhofen, Finkenberg, parts of the Tux Valley and Hippach; tickets for more than four days are valid on the full Zillertal Superski area.

The below prices are based on the current rates in resort but may change at the time of booking:

Lift Pass        Child (6-14yrs)   Teen (15-18yrs)   Adult
1 Day Price    €23.50               €41.50                 €52
6 Day Price    €112                  €199                    €249

Lift passes are free for children under 6yrs, proof of age is required.

You can pre-book your lift pass from the tourist office or buy it in resort, alternatively you can book your pass through your tour operator who will have it ready for when you arrive in resort.





Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    630m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    6km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3250m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    178

  • TOTAL PISTE

    146km






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