Mayrhofen Lifts & Terrain

Mayrhofen Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Interlinked Ski Resort

Hintertux Glacier

    Mayrhofen Trail Map
  • Mayrhofen Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Mayrhofen
    620m – 2473m (1853m)

    Zillertal
    580m – 3250m (2670m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (39)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    17 Chairs

    Zillertal – 179 lifts
  • Ski Hours
    December to mid April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 136km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 32%

    Zillertal – 515km
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Adult - €53.50
    Child - €24
    Child U/6yr - Free

    Tickets 2 Days or Greater =
    Zillertaler Superskipass
     Penken Ski Trail Map
  • Penken Ski Trail Map
    Ahorn Ski Trail Map
  • Ahorn Ski Trail Map
     Rastkogel & Eggalm Ski Trail Map
  • Rastkogel & Eggalm Trail Map
    Hintertux Glacier Trail Map
  • Hintertux Ski Resort Map
    Zillertal Ski Resort Map
  • Zillertal Ski Resort Map

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Mayrhofen Skiing & Snowboarding Areas

The Mayrhofen skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of six different areas with the funky names of Penken, Horberg, Ahorn, Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm. All are lift interlinked except Ahorn, which stands alone across the valley from Penken. Each area has different terrain, aspects, views and trails.

Of the six main ski areas within the Mayrhofen lift ticketed area, five are directly interconnected by lifts and ski trails. They are:
  • Penken - valley lift access from the centre of Mayrhofen;
  • Horberg - valley lift access from Hippach;
  • Finkenberg - valley lift access via a new gondola from up valley above Mayrhofen;
  • Rastkogel and Eggalm - both accessed via the town of Tux in the Tuxer valley.
The sixth area, Ahorn, is located on the opposite side of the valley to the rest, with its huge cable car access only a few hundred metres from the base of the Penken gondola.

Mayrhofen Ski Terrain

The Mayrhofen ski terrain suits all abilities, is across a wide expanse and on all aspects (sun and shadow). Most aspects are generally sunny and south facing with the exceptions being the backside of Penken and Horberg plus the valley trail from Ahorn.

Piste trails and off piste terrain are all near to and above the tree line, with some notable exceptions being ski route 30 down to Hippach and piste trail 5 into the town of Mayrhofen. Ahorn's piste trail 5 has nearly 1300m of skiable vertical and a northerly aspect - seriously fun top to bottom skiing. In the days following fresh snow, a vast off piste awaits those that are hunting powder. Some challenging steeps and wide open alpine bowls predominate, but if the snow is deep and low, many opportunities to freeride the meadows and trees down into the valleys present themselves. Beware the barb wire fences!

Trails down Eggalm provide huge panoramas down the valley toward Mayrhofen. Can ski amongst traditional hay barns – great fun!

Mayrhofen is generally snowboard friendly (not too many flat spots!). Park junkies will love the terrain park near the SunJet chair.

Mayrhofen Ski Lifts

Mayrhofen ski resort has invested heavily in a range of new lifts in recent times. They provide extremely efficient uphill movement. Leaving directly for the centre of Mayrhofen, Austria’s biggest cable car, the huge Ahorn, and the incomparable Penken gondola transport one to a range of modern chairs in the alpine, including a combo chair/gondola (funnily enough called the Kombibahn).

Nearly all of Mayrhofen’s chairlifts are modern 6 seaters. The Powderhounds have rarely come across the sight at the top Horberg where three 6er chairs converge on the one relatively small mountaintop.

Other than the Tux cable car, lift queues are almost non existent.

Appropriately, several surface tows and conveyors service beginner areas are around the top of Penkenbahn and Ahorn.

Lift Tickets & Passes

During the winter season, a standard Mayrhofen day lift pass is valid only at Mayrhofen (Ahorn, Penken and Horberg), Finkenberg, Eggalm & Rastkogel.

All lift tickets beyond 1.5 days are the Zillertaler Superskipass valid for all 179 lifts at the Zillertal ski resorts. In addition to Mayrhofen, these include Hintertux Glacier, Zillertal Arena, and Hochzillertal-Hochfugen-Spieljoch near Kaltenbach – a total of 515km of trails. Free use of the public bus, ski bus and train within the Zillertal is included in the price (subject to conditions). For more information see the Getting Around Mayrhofen page.

Nearby Hintertux Glacier is open for skiing all year round, but has a defined winter season from early October to mid-May every year. Summer skiing has a much reduced lift ticket price as the terrain is limited to the upper mountain.

Mayrhofen Trail & Piste Map

The Mayrhofen trail map makes a reasonable effort of displaying quite a complex ski area, but one may find themselves ‘geographically embarassed’ due to its overall simplistic depiction of the resort. The trail map’s most glaring deficiencies are the lack of detail in the area off the Penken and Finkenberg lifts, plus the depiction of some trails as being rather short, when in fact they are quite lengthy. This is notably the case for route number 75 (the link between Rastkogel and Eggalm) and the beginner trail number 29 (from Penken to the Horberg saddle).

The Mayrhofen trail map also fails to show much in the way of detailed landform. It doesn’t depict many of the off-piste opportunities, particularly the wonderful terrain in and around the Tux cable car, or amongst the hay barns on Eggalm.

Mayrhofen for the Beginner Skier

Two areas provide great beginner terrain and facilities at Mayrhofen. The pick of them is atop the Ahorn. Easy progression is available in a logically set out area. Beginners will need to download on the Ahorn cable car as the valley run to Mayrhofen will be beyond them.

A second beginner zone is at the top of the Penken gondola. The area is not as user friendly as at Ahorn and the main piste on the ‘Babylift’ has the Penkenbahn gondola and infrastructure grossly impinging on any ambiance it once may have had. Other beginner lifts and terrain with good progression potential are towards Rastkogel, but cannot easily be accessed by novices from Mayrhofen

Intermediate Ski Terrain

Mayrhofen is intermediate skier heaven, with nearly 50% of the trails rated red. Most of the intermediate trails at Mayrhofen are easily negotiable and most would prove negotiable for novices.

The Powderhounds favourites were the trails under the Penken Express 6er chairlift, the race slope off the back of Horberg near the Unterbergalm 6er chair and all of the trails on the Eggalm ridge with their glorious views of the entire valley.

With an appropriate level of caution, many of the Mayrhofen advanced trails would be capable of being ridden by intermediate skiers including the Ahorn valley run.

Parks & Pipes at Mayrhofen.

A major terrain park with a range of quality features to allow for safe progression is serviced by a dedicated quad chair, the Sun-Jet, in a sheltered valley location between Penken and Horberg.

Advanced Skiing & Snowboarding

The signature advanced piste run at Mayrhofen is the questionably named Harakiri (trail 34). On a nicely shaded northerly aspect, it has a steep pitch in the mid section (allegedly the steepest piste in Austria!), but is straight forward enough. You will go fast, that’s for sure.

In most respects the better advanced on piste runs are the sunny Devils run (trail 12) off the Horberg and the 5.5km valley run from the top of the Ahorn - a thigh liquifying 1250m+ vertical (depending on where you start) - all the way down to Mayrhofen.

Unfortunately, the route down to Hippach (route 30) was closed due to insufficient snow, but would be a fantastic test of one’s leg strength in the 1400m vertical from Penken to the valley.

Expert Ski & Snowboard Terrain

Experts will get a quality ski fix in the steeps under the Tux cable car. The lift queues can be painful, but the wait is worth it.

Off Piste & Tree Skiing at Mayrhofen

There is more off piste skiing potential at Mayrhofen than at first appears. A sunny day of reconnaissance will reveal broad open bowl skiing off the Horberg and skiers right of Rastkogel and intricate little sections between the trails off Penken. Tree skiing options are in the lower sections off the both sides of Penken and areas above the town of Tux and Finkenberg. Full off piste valley descents into Tux are also easily done (snow permitting!). On Eggalm, skiing amongst the hay barns is superb.

Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry access is excellent at Mayrhofen, particularly out past the Horberg and Rastkogel. Long ridges and wide bowls are interspersed with more difficult sections.

Across at Ahom, ascents from the top of the lifts are possible for experienced and well equipped parties.

For the Powderhound

On a powder day at Mayrhofen, after the piste and obvious terrain is smashed up, head to the Horberg and Tux cable car area, finishing with the long sunny off piste descents into Tux.