The 27th most popular snowboarding destination in Austria.
Monday 27 November 2017 06:20 GMT
Southeast of Innsbruck and south of Jenbach at the head of the Ziller valley, the town of Mayrhofen provides direct access to two ski areas on either side of the valley. The Penkenbahn in the center of town heads west up to the larger ski area; most people also use this gondola for downloading at the end of the day. The Ahornbahn on the south edge of town heads south up to a smaller, more gentle ski area perfect for families. They total 133km of pistes served by 23 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1870m. Overall, both areas are ideal for beginners and intermediates, but expect to find long lift lines.
Mayrhofen is typically not known for advanced terrain except its super steep Harakiri piste or the lines off the Tux150 lift down the Penken face. But, luckily, it is part of the Zillertal Arena so you'll have access to the ski areas further up at Hintertux (30m bus) and down valley at Zell Am Ziller (train). In a big snow year at Mayrhofen, try the ski route from Rast Kogel down to Eggalm. By the way, the main snowpark is the Burton Park which has three lines of kickers and rails to challenge yourself.
After a morning of shredding, head up the Schneekar lift to the top of Horberg and check out the Schneekar hutte for lunch.
The best apres ski action can be found at the Ice Bar near the Penken Gondola base (Europop and table dancing) or the Speak Easy Arena at Hotel Strass. For some late nightlife, try the Schlusselalm Disco and Scotland Yard Pub (aka Scotties). Whether at apres or later, stop by the Bruck’n Stadl at the Ahorn base.
If you are looking for a traditional Austrian meal, try the Wirtshaus Zum Griena which is a 400+ year old farmhouse or over at Tiroler Stub’n.
To reach the snowboarding in Mayrhofen, take the train from Innsbruck or Munich to Jenbach. Then, transfer to the Zillertalbahn to head up the Zillertal to Mayrhofen.
Overall, Mayrhofen is the 27th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 66 snowboarding resorts in Austria. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Mayrhofen including Zell Am Ziller, Hintertux, Hochfugen, Gerlos and Wald-Konigsleiten.