Mayrhofen in Austria, the ski resort

Mayrhofen – a major ski resort in Austria

Mayrhofen ski resort – the largest and most popular of the entire Zillertal Valley. It offers its visitors a wide range of classic Austrian resort facilities at quite reasonable rates.

Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen from A to Z:

Mayrhofen is situated 630 meters above sea level and lies at the upper end of the Zillertal Valley. It is the heart of the federal state of Tirol (Austria consists of nine territorial units, namely “lands”, which is spelled out in its constitution). It is the largest ski area in the valley.

Mayrhofen in the Zillertal valley

The resort grew out of a small provincial village between the slopes called Achorn and Penken. It is of cultural and historical significance because it was founded in the Middle Ages, and some of the old buildings here date back to the 14th century.

At the moment, the population of the town consists of 3864 people, and the area is 178 square kilometers. The main activity of the city’s residents is related to tourism and services.

Who is suitable?

The resort of Mayrhofen attracts a fairly diverse crowd. For young people will be interested in nightlife, restaurants, pubs and other popular institutions. For couples there are many excursions and activities. Even for the youngest tourists there are children’s ski schools and groups.

Children's ski school in Mayrhofen

Children and elderly people feel normal here – the height at which the resort is located does not cause any discomfort. Here you can meet skiers with absolutely different levels of training and interests, which contributes to the availability of slopes with both gentle and steep descents.

Slope options

Mayrhofen has more than 130 kilometres of slopes and is the steepest and most popular in the country. The area for skiing and snowboarding is located at an altitude of 650 m to 2500 m.

Mayrhofen ski guide

There are slopes for skiers of varying skill levels and length (in km):

  • for beginners: 40;
  • for intermediate level: 66;
  • For professionals: 30.

For better understanding of their location on the ground is better to get acquainted with the scheme of slopes Mayrhofen. The longest track – over 12 km, which leads from the glacier Hintertux to the center of the valley Zillertal. The altitude difference is 1700 m above sea level. There are also tracks for flat skiing and hiking.

The slope of Mount Penken (Austria) is the most popular region for skiing. Here goes the main elevator – the gondola. Skiing can be done here on tracks at altitudes of 650 m to 2000 m.

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Penken Mountain

The most interesting tracks for intermediate skiers are located near the top of the mountain – Pechenoich, at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. From here you can return to the center by cable car or on the red trail to the nearest settlements (Hippach, Finkenberg), and then use the tourist bus. On the north side of the slope of Gerent is a difficult, virgin trail for professionals.

The slope of Mount Ahorn (Austria) is smaller than the previous one. However, the advantage is that all the descents from the mountain back to the center of Mayrhofen (the distance is five kilometers). This is the best option for beginner skiers, amateur skiers, as well as for couples with children.

Ahorn Slope

Cable cars

To get to the ski areas is very easy – just use one of several cable cars. A total of 57 different elevators operate in the resort:

In Mayrhofen there are cable cars that take tourists directly from the city center:

  • Archornbahn: operating mode – from mid-December to the last Sunday in April (15.12.2018-22.04.2019);
  • Penkenbahn: operating hours are from the beginning of December to the last Sunday in April (01.12.2018-22.04.2019).

The Penken ski area can be reached not only by the city cable car of the same name. From the neighboring village of Hoarberg comes the Horbergbahn cable car, which helps skiers get to their destination during peak hours. Opening hours are December 1 through April 22.

Station hours: 08-30 to 17-00 on December 24, opening at 08-00 on December 25.

The total capacity of the elevators is 60 thousand people per hour.

The cost of access to the ski area depends on the ski pass purchased.

Skipass: detailed information and prices

We recommend that you buy your ski pass in advance to ensure a comfortable stay. It is a modern travel document, which is valid for the elevators at the world’s ski resorts. So, presenting the skipass at the entrance, you do not need to worry about paying the fare every time. This simplifies your vacation and saves you from unnecessary hassle.

Its cost is formed by several factors:

  • age – discounts for children and teenagers, but it is mandatory to show proof of identity;
  • time of use (morning hours are more expensive than evening hours);
  • number of days (a weekly pass is significantly more advantageous than a two-day pass);
  • number of trips;
  • region of validity.

If you plan to visit this ski resort in Austria, it is necessary to clarify whether the registration Mayrhofen ski pass is included in the price of the tour. Many tour operators now by default issue an elevator pass. It is also possible to make it very quickly on the spot.

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At the resort of Mayrhofen are the following types of passes:

  1. Skipass Mayrhofen – applies to the territory of Mayrhofen, Finkenberg, Rastkogelm, Eggalm. It is purchased for up to two days.
  2. Superskipass – valid for the entire Zillertal Valley, including the Hintertux Glacier. Purchased for a period of two days.

Skipasses are valid not only on the elevators, but also in public transport (if skis or snowboards are available).

Skipass is a chipped plastic card for contactless operation. You can keep it as a memento of your time, or you can return it. For the return of an undamaged card to the ticket office there is a refund of a deposit of 2 euros.

Mayrhofen ski pass

In winter 2018-2019 ski pass Mayrhofen costs:

  • Skipass Mayrhofen for 1 day: €53.5 adults, €42.5 teenagers, €24.0 children;
  • SuperSkipass for two days: €105.5 / €84.5 / €47.5;
  • SuperSkipass for one week: €291 / €232,5 / €131.

Current prices are always posted on the official website www.mayrhofen.at.

The site provides an interactive map of the Meirhofen pistes in 2D and 3D. This allows you to visually see and better remember the area of the ski resort, the topography and the location of the slopes.

What else to do in Mayrhofen in winter

Despite the fact that the Zillertal is a ski region, there are plenty of opportunities for winter holidays even away from the slopes.

Burton Park

  • The mountainous landscape of the valley allows you to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city, just enjoying a walk in snowshoes. There are a large number of landscaped trails for hikers. For the special romantics, there is an opportunity to walk in snowshoes away from everyone else, on untouched snow.
  • Tourists of all ages will truly appreciate sledding and snow tubing. You can rent sleds, and there are 200-meter long separate tracks for riding in inflated snow tubing.
  • Skating and disco on ice are very popular. Burton Park
  • For snowboarders will be interesting to visit one of the local snow parks, for example Burton Park. The park is equipped with two parallel tracks with three jumps in ascending order. It is served by its own small elevator. And for the convenience of visitors, the entire park is divided into zones, depending on the skill level of visitors.
  • If there is a desire to change the active rest for a more measured pastime, then the ride in a horse-drawn sleigh will be an interesting alternative.
  • For fans of extreme sports can organize a flight on a hang-glider from a bird’s-eye view – paragliding.
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Entertainment in the region in the summer

Zillertal Valley is interesting all year round. In addition to winter activities in the high season, the mountain region offers tourists a wide range of summer activities. The basis of summer activities are:

  • Hiking tours on the alpine roads around the town. There are 4 roads, which operate only in the warm season.
  • In the region there are 800 km of bicycle paths against the nature of the Alps. Bicycles, electric bicycles and other equipment can be rented.
  • An 18-hole golf course with mountain scenery will please golfers.
  • And for climbers, the summer season is the time to enjoy conquering the Alps. There are many natural climbing hills for climbers of all levels and all ages.
  • In addition, a swim in the outdoor pool in the fresh mountain air on a hot summer day will be particularly enjoyable.
Where to stay

In the ski Mayrhofen hotels can be chosen for all tastes and wallets. The region has more than 300 hotels, inns and other accommodations.

Hotel Neue Post

Hotel Neue Post

Expensive and most comfortable hotels are located right in the center of town. The most popular among them are the 4-star hotels:

Room at the Sporthotel Manni

    The Neue Post, which is next door to the congress center, is the most popular four-star hotel. Double room will cost at least € 110 during high season. Located at: Hauptstrasse 400, 6290 Meirhofen, Austria. Sporthotel Manni is located near the bike and hiking trails. Rent a double room in high season starts at € 150. Located at Hauptstrasse 439, 6290 Mayrhofen, Austria.

There are more budget options in the city. So, for example, the most popular 3-star hotel is Hotel Garni Glockenstuhl, located 500 meters from the center at Einfahrt Mitte 431, 6290 Mayrhofen, Austria. A room for two with breakfast costs €150.

If you want in the town you can choose 2-star hotels from €100 per night and apartments from the category “without stars” starting from €50.

Mayrhofen: how to get there

To get to the commune of Mayrhofen, to get to such a popular ski area of Austria, you can only use ground transport. After all, the nearest airport to the village is at a considerable distance (at least 75 minutes by car):

  • Kranebitten – Innsbruck airport, the largest in the Tyrol.
  • Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport – Salzburg airport, in second place.
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For Russians, the flight from Moscow to Salzburg is 4.5 hours.

Some motorists from Russia prefer to travel only by car. The way from Moscow to Mayrhofen is 2400 kilometers. Depending on the drawn up plan of the trip, you can get in a day and a half or three days of travel.

The cheapest way to get to the resort is to take your route with a change through Munich, Germany.

At his discretion, the tourist can choose:

  • Train. There are no direct trains Munich-Mayrhofen, so there will be two transfers. First, go to Jenbach station (about 90 minutes), and then take the train to Zillertalbahn station. Both train tickets will cost about €7 each.
  • Cab. The distance between Munich and Mayrhofen is 180 km, which greatly affects the price of the trip – it will cost from €200 and above.

You can always check the current fares here: www.bahn.com/en/ .

To visit Mayrhofen ski resort in Austria will be interesting to many. A typical town in the Alps, with facilities and entertainment for tourists of all ages and different abilities. And the variety of summer activities makes it popular not only in the winter season.

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Mayrhofen

Ski area – 630-2500 m Height difference – 1870 m Total length of ski tracks – 142 km Trails for beginners – 44 km Intermediate level – 70 km Difficulty trails – 28 km The longest trail – 10 km Number of elevators – 57 (rope tows – 18, chairlifts – 18, cable cars – 6, aerial streetcar – 2, other – 13) Total capacity – more than 60 000 people per hour Total ski area – 143 ha Artificial snow cover – 100%. 123 snow cannons and 35 snow guns Ski tracks – 20 km hiking tracks – 45 km

The Penken ski area with the Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm ski regions is one of the largest and most diverse ski resorts in Austria. The main hit – Harakiri slope with an incline of 78%, the steepest slope in all respects Austria.

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General characteristics of the slopes together for the resorts of Mayrhofen and Fugen: The longest slope . The piste leading into the valley from the Hintertux glacier, 12 km, 1,750 m drop. Illuminated trails . Hochfuegen: Lamark trails on Thursdays from 20:00-22:00. Hochzilletal: middle station section in the valley, 5 km, red, 2 times a week.

Mount Ahorn is an ideal choice for beginners and families. The 5.5 kilometer trail to Meirhofen is good for beginners and experienced skiers alike.

Park skiing. Snowboarding, freestyle, new-school Vans Penken Park – offers 6 slopes of different levels of difficulty that will be enjoyed equally by both pro and amateur skiers or beginners. One of the largest parks in Europe. Own 4 chairlift Sun-Jet . Read more “

Ski area – 630-2500 m Height difference – 1870 m Total length of ski tracks – 142 km Trails for beginners – 44 km Intermediate level – 70 km Difficulty trails – 28 km The longest trail – 10 km Number of elevators – 57 (rope tows – 18, chairlifts – 18, cable cars – 6, aerial streetcar – 2, other – 13) Total capacity – more than 60 000 people per hour Total ski area – 143 ha Artificial snow cover – 100%. 123 snow cannons and 35 snow guns Ski tracks – 20 km hiking tracks – 45 km

General characteristics of the pistes for the resorts of Mayrhofen and Fugen: The longest piste . The track leading to the valley from the Hintertux Glacier, 12 km, 1,750 m drop. Illuminated trails . Hochfuegen: Lamark trails on Thursdays from 20:00-22:00. Hochzilletal: middle station section in the valley, 5 km, red, 2 times a week. Mount Ahorn is an ideal choice for beginners and families. The 5.5 kilometer trail to Meirhofen is good for beginners and experienced skiers alike.

Park skiing. Snowboarding, freestyle, new-school Park Vans Penken One of the largest parks in Europe. Own 4 chair elevator Sun-Jet takes snowboarders and freestylers to 6 different venues. Beginners and young freestylers will love the kids park with its own chairlift where you can polish your tricks. The park has a huge Rainbow box, a wallride at the foot of the park, as well as a muljib and bistbox.

Other parks in the region: Hintertuxergletcher: half-pipe (120 m), fanpark. Hochfugen: Fanpark at the 4 chair “Hochfuegen 2000”. Hochzillertal: natural half-pipe on the 4-chair. Hochberg/Gerent: natural half-pipe on the 4 chair Hintertreff Skijet. Spiel JochFuegen : a fun park with half-pipe (100 m) on the Arzjoch elevator. Zillertal Arena : snowboarders town. Mayrhofen’s Burton Park

Ahorn “Kinderland” at an altitude of 2,000 m.

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