Mayrhofen, Austria

The ultimate guide to Mayrhofen ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Mayrhofen

One of Austria's top ski resorts, Mayrhofen has a magnificent medley of varied terrain, Austrian charm and lively après ski. From families to party-lovers and non-skiers to hardcore athletes, this laid-back destination warmly welcomes everyone and rarely disappoints – a fantastic place to ski that Brits return to year after year.


At a glance:
Freestyling heaven Tyrolean charm Altitude & Snowbombing festivals 100% artificial snow coverage

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Families groups après ski snow sure

Mayrhofen Ski Resort

Near the end of the stunning Ziller Valley, Mayrhofen engenders Austrian charm in a lively, cheerful atmosphere. Dating back to 1511, its architecture creates a traditional ambiance, yet all mod-cons are present and correct. The resort's location is fantastic: Only an hour's drive from Innsbruck airport, parents can minimise the all-too-familiar “are we nearly there yet?” while snow lovers can maximise their time on the piste.

The family friendly nature doesn't stop with its convenient location – restaurants cater for children excellently, kids activities are abundant and the ski schools are well known as some of the best. Not only appealing for those with children in tow, Mayrhofen has long been a popular holiday destination for Brits due to its impressive après ski. From merry chaos to sophisticated cocktail-sipping, the host of Altitude festival and Snowbombing serves up fantastic après for all palates.

Mayrhofen's terrain is another ski holiday clincher. 159km of pistes overall provide for all abilities and piste conditions are insured with snowmaking technology that covers a noteworthy 100% of the Mayrhofen area. The resort sits between the beautiful Ahorn and Penken mountains which together offer a diversity that's hard to match. The south facing Ahorn is known as the 'Leisure Mountain' and offers some lovely sun-drenched, cruisey runs. It also hosts the famous White Lounge Igloo Village, where you can drink at the bar or treat yourself to an overnight igloo stay. Things are a bit more adventurous over on the northerly Penken 'Action Mountain'. Besides the infamous Harakiri (Austria's steepest piste), you'll find freestyling heaven in one of the best snowparks Europe has to offer, as well as some great race tracks. If this isn't enough, get the Zillertaler Superskipass where you'll discover a massive 671km of marked runs including the snow-sure Hintertux glacier, the Zillertal Arena, Hochfügen-Hochzillertal and Spieljoch.

stats & faq

Where:Austria, Alps.
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Innsbruck (INN)65km, 1h
Salzburg (SZG)170km, 2h
Winter Skiing: November – April
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 40km 29%

  • 66km 49%

  • 30km 22%

Resort Altitude:630m
Top Altitude:2,500m
Bottom Altitude:630m
Longest run:5.5km (Valley run)
Slope Orientation:N, S, E, W
Vertical Drop:1,870m
Skiable Vertical:1,870m
Night Skiing:No

Snow Report

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  • 40cm
  • Base
  • 10cm
  • Forecast
  • 2cm

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Downhill Runs:136km
Beginner slopes:29%
Advanced slopes:22%
Ski Pass Prices:1-1.5 day Mayrhofen pass: €47 (1 day)
2-21 day Zillertaler Superskipass: €224 (6 days)
Nearby resorts: Zillertal Superski, Finkenberg, Zell am Ziller

Skiing in Mayrhofen

There's plenty on offer in Mayrhofen for all types and abilities of skier and snowboarder. If you prefer a leisurely cruise down the piste, the Ahorn is your mountain, while those who like to get the heart pumping will love north facing Penken's white-knuckle steeps, moguls, powder and terrain park.

Mayrhofen is highly recommended for beginners who can learn under the excellent tuition of local instructors on both the Ahorn and Penken mountains.

The nursery areas are large, gentle and snow-sure, offering some fantastic views of the Ziller Valley and there are some lovely wide, gentle blues on the Ahorn.

Intermediate skiers and boarders will find excitingly varied terrain including some fantastic steeps and off-piste. Penken has tons of great reds including 'race pistes' where you can time your descent.

Don't mistake the Ahorn for being merely "leisurely" – there are some challenges here too including the 5.5km Valley run.

Advanced and experts with a taste for adventure can find some memorable descents including Austria's steepest slope. The notorious Harakiri is 2 miles long with a thrilling 78% gradient, while another adrenaline pumping must is the infamous Devil's Run.

Snowboarding in Mayrhofen

Affectionately nicknamed the 'Big M' and with some of Europe's best freestyling terrain, Mayrhofen is a worldwide snowboarding destination.

There's also freeriding galore and with only 16 drag lifts, the area is very snowboard friendly.

The huge Vans Penken snowpark is one of the best you'll find in Europe and with 6 different areas and a brilliant halfpipe, it caters well for everyone from children to pro's. There's a kid's park, fun park and obstacle park as well as medium, advanced and pro' areas with kickers ranging from 5 – 20m, rails up to 12m long and tubes of all shapes and sizes.

Mayrhofen après Ski

With a famously lively après ski scene, Mayrhofen is a place to eat, drink and party after a day on the snow. You'll find a range of restaurants to suit all budgets serving great food from schnitzel to chow mein. Ahornhuette is one of many family friendly restaurants with a great kids menu, the Thaler family provide a traditional Austrian dining experience at Wirtshaus zum Griena and the Sportsbar & Grill keeps everyone happy with a fantastic range of food including burgers, kebabs and pizza.

With a variety of bars, Mayrhofen has plenty of places to socialise, unwind and enjoy the schnapps. On the Ahorn, the Igloo Bar is a unique location where you can relax with a drink, good music and a spectacular view. For a more traditional après, you'll find table-top dancing at the lively Ice Bar or a great home-from-home atmosphere in British themed Scotland Yard. Later on in the evening, the Speakeasy Arena is a popular nightclub where you can party into the early hours with themed nights, great DJ's and lots of dancing.

Whether you're a non-skier in Mayrhofen or just fancy an alternative activity, you'll find a lot on offer. Experience of the beautiful Ziller Valley is not limited to those on skis - Mayrhofen offers snowshoeing, ice-climbing, paragliding, tobogganing and horse-riding as alternative ways to discover the valley. There's a great outdoor ice rink for skating, curling and ice hockey as well as a Nature Park Exhibition which families will love. In terms of indoor activities, the Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen has a leisure pool, gym and wellness facilities including a sauna, steam room and solarium where you can play, exercise or be pampered to your heart's content.

When is the best time to ski Mayrhofen?

The ski season in Mayrhofen runs from December through to April. With 123 snow cannons and 35 snow lances, the resort boasts that 100% of the area can be covered by artificial snow if the weather isn't up to scratch. 75% of the Zillertaler SuperSkipass domain can be covered this way too and with the snow-sure Hintertux Glacier (skiable all year), you're bound to find quality terrain throughout the season.

Mayrhofen is the new host of the Altitude comedy festival and with a line-up of some of the best comedians around, the 18th-23rd March is a great time to book your ski holiday. The legendary Snowbombing festival takes place here too from April 1st-6th, with music from top artists including Example and Kasabian. Over these dates as well as Christmas, New Years Eve and school holidays, Mayrhofen is buzzing and, if you prefer a quieter experience, try early December and January and avoid school holidays.

Peak dates

With Mayrhofen's Advent celebrations, the resort is filled with festive spirit throughout December. Christmas concerts, special events and lots of fun snow activities will ensure everyone enjoys a magical Christmas in Mayrhofen. Browse Mayrhofen Christmas ski holidays ‣

The party starts early during New Years Eve in Mayrhofen with the annual pre-New Years Eve party on the 30th. There's plenty of choice for the night itself, with New Years Eve celebrations at Mayrhofen's après ski bars. For a real treat, book a ticket on the Zillertal New Years train and enjoy quality music, food and drinks. Browse Mayrhofen New Year ski holidays ‣

A very family-friendly ski destination, Mayrhofen is great during February half term. Snow conditions are at their peak and all ages are sure to be entertained with tons of fun family activities. Browse Mayrhofen Half Term ski holidays ‣

If you're spending Easter in Mayrhofen you'll be pleased to hear that 100% of the pistes have snowmaking technology, making sure you enjoy a sunny ski holiday with great snow coverage even later on in the season. Browse Mayrhofen Easter ski holidays ‣

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