Mayrhofen Ski Resort

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World class modern lifts are a feature of beautiful Mayrhofen ski resort.
World class modern lifts are a feature of beautiful Mayrhofen ski resort.
Brilliant piste skiing at Mayrhofen.
Brilliant piste skiing at Mayrhofen.
Modern lifts extend directly from Mayrhofen
Modern lifts extend directly from Mayrhofen's town centre.
Mayrhofen has superb mountain huts and off piste terrain.
Mayrhofen has superb mountain huts and off piste terrain.
The Zillertabahn conveniently drops you right in Mayrhofen.
The Zillertabahn conveniently drops you right in Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen ski resort has some excellent chikdren
Mayrhofen ski resort has some excellent chikdren's facilities.
Lifts head in all directions at the top of the Horberg at Mayrhofen.
Lifts head in all directions at the top of the Horberg at Mayrhofen.
Lunch at the Gschősswandhaus at Mayrhofen is a real treat.
Lunch at the Gschősswandhaus at Mayrhofen is a real treat.
Pristine snow conditions on the Ahorn high above Mayrhofen.
Pristine snow conditions on the Ahorn high above Mayrhofen.
Glorious early morning sun near the top of Ahorn.
Glorious early morning sun near the top of Ahorn.
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Mayrhofen's impressive terrain park.
The Konbibahn allows skiers and non-skiers access to the top.
The Konbibahn allows skiers and non-skiers access to the top.
Austrian skii res0rts at their best - sun, snow, skiing, restaurarnts and  bars.
Austrian skii res0rts at their best - sun, snow, skiing, restaurarnts and bars.
Skiing hard and fast on one of Mayrhofen
Skiing hard and fast on one of Mayrhofen's internediate groomers.
Glorious views of the Zillertal at Mayrhofen.
Glorious views of the Zillertal at Mayrhofen.
Sheltered beginner areas near the top of Penkenbahn.
Sheltered beginner areas near the top of Penkenbahn.
The mountain huts are wonderful at Mayrhofen.
The mountain huts are wonderful at Mayrhofen.
Wide open piste heading down to the qualiity north aspect terrain.
Wide open piste heading down to the qualiity north aspect terrain.
Immaculate piste and modern SchneeKar 6 seater chair at Mayrhofen.
Immaculate piste and modern SchneeKar 6 seater chair at Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria.
Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria.

Mayrhofen Ski Resort

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Mixed group guided instructional packages to the Dolomites

Interlinked Ski Resort

Hintertux Glacier
Hochzillertal

    Mayrhofen Trail Map
  • Mayrhofen Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    Mayrhofen
    620m – 2,473m (1,853m)

    Zillertal
    580m – 3,250m (2,670m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 – 10m
  • Lifts (39)
    8 Gondolas / cable cars
    17 Chairs

    Zillertal – 180 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to late April
    8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 136km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 22%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 32%

    Zillertal – 542km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult – €57.50
    Child – €26
    Child u/6yr – Free
    2 days+ = Zillertal Super Ski Pass
    (Valid in all Zillertal valley ski resorts)
    Zillertal Super Ski Pass Resorts Map
  • Zillertal Super Ski Pass Validity Map

Mayrhofen Ski Resort Austria

A smile comes across your face as you alight from the Zillertalbahn in Mayrhofen ski resort. A stress-free train ride from Innsbruck & the first sight is the magnificent Penkenbahn gondola heading up to the Mayrhofen ski resort right from the centre of town.

Welcome to skier, snowboarder & party-goer heaven. Super modern lifts, awesome piste skiing, fun & challenging off-piste, access to huge interconnected resorts up & down the valley, plus wonderful après & nightlife. Mayrhofen ski resort delivers the goods on so many levels.

Pros & Cons for Mayrhofen Ski Resort

Pros

  • Fantastic, modern lift system direct from the centre of town.
  • Excellent on-piste trails for all ski abilities.
  • Superb valley run down from Ahorn to Mayrhofen.
  • Easy access off-piste skiing in diverse terrain.
  • Particularly good on-mountain dining.
  • Excellent après, party & nightlife opportunities in town.
  • Access to three other ski areas on the same multi day lift pass.
  • Easy & interesting travel to Mayrhofen from Innsbruck via Jenbach & the Zillertalbahn.

Cons

  • No valley run from Penken to Mayrhofen – must download.
  • Snow quality can be variable depending on aspect & elevation.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Mayrhofen town is quite low elevation, so may not have snow.
  • World’s most confronting on-mountain male toilets (but in a good way!).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

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. The terrain suits all abilities, is across a wide expanse and on all aspects (sun and shadow).

See the Mayrhofen ski trail map here.

Mayrhofen has invested heavily in a range of new lifts in recent times and as such provides extremely efficient uphill movement. From the huge Ahorn cable car and Penken gondola that leave directly from town, a range of modern chairs, including a combo chair/gondola (funnily enough called the Kombibahn), move you swiftly to the good stuff. Several surface tows and conveyors service beginner areas around the top of Penkenbahn.

Piste trails & off piste terrain are all near to & 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!

For detailed information, see our Mayrhofen Skiing & Snowboarding page.

Lift Pass Linked with Zillertaler SuperSki

The Mayrhofen ski area has an interlinked lift pass with all the other Ziller (& Tuxer) valley ski resorts via the Zillertaler SuperSkiPass. All lift passes greater than 1½ day are sold as Zillertaler SuperSkiPass allowing unfettered access to Mayrhofen, Hintertux Glacier, Zillertal Arena and Hochzillertal. The Zillertaler SuperSki Pass opens up access to the valley’s massive 542km+ of ski trails.

See the Zillertal Super Ski Pass resorts map here.

Summer Skiing at Nearby Hintertux Glacier

Nearby Hintertux Glacier offers skiing every day of the year. In summer, a total of 10 lifts operate on 20km of slopes. The longest run in summer is 2km. Hintertux is better than most glacier ski areas in that many of its summer ski runs are a steeper pitch & more fun compared to Kitzsteinhorn, Saas Fee or Zermatt.

Mayrhofen Snow & Weather

Mayrhofen may have suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament in recent history – not helped by its very low base elevation - but it has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls in the lower parts of the resort. Luckily, most of the real terrain is above 1500m, and when nature delivers natural snow, Mayrhofen provides the goods quickly with its alpine meadow terrain rapidly covered.

Where is Mayrhofen Austria?

Mayrhofen is in the Zillertal (Ziller valley) of Tirol (Tyrol) state, Austria. The ski resort is 67km south east of Innsbruck. By car it takes about 1hr to reach Mayrhofen from Innsbruck.

Closest major international gateway airports are Munich (MUC) & Zurich (ZRH), with the super-convenient airport at nearby Innsbruck (INN) providing access for flights with Europe & the UK origins. Train is the recommended mode of transport to Mayrhofen, but private transfers are a fast & efficient way to get to the skiing from the airport. A private transfer is also cost effective for groups of 3 or more people. Search & book all transfers to Mayrhofen here.

Train & bus transport options are excellent via the 32km long Zillertal Railway (Zillertalbahn). The Zillertalbahn runs regularly on every day of the ski season from Jenbach railway station east of Innsbruck. Public buses also make the journey, but less regularly & with less dignity!

Search & book train tickets to Mayrhofen here.

For detailed information, see our Travel to Mayrhofen page.

Mayrhofen Accommodation

The village of Mayrhofen has every style of accommodation covered - from 5-star luxury hotels to budget guesthouses. Staying near the centre of town is always fun & allows easy access to either of the access lifts.

Search & book all Mayrhofen ski accommodation here.

Alternatively, quality ski-in ski-out accommodation high up on Ahorn & Horberg, plus just outside Mayrhofen in the villages of Finkenberg & Tux.

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Mayrhofen Accommodation Info page.

Services, Facilities, Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guides

Mayrhofen is a full-service ski resort by virtue of it also being a major town. On mountain restaurants are excellent. The Gschösswandhaus is the secret local’s favourite. A secret no more!

The ski area has more ski rental & gear shops, than you could possibly poke a stock at! Our local partners have two central equipment rental shops near the Penkenbahn gondola in Mayrhofen. To receive a discount with our local partners, search & book via our Mayrhofen Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

To narrow down the search for a ski instructor or mountain guide, check out some of the best operators via our Mayrhofen Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

With regards to mountain facilities, Mayrhofen has some of the Alps best & mentally challenging male toilets at the Penken top station – clearly the architects had a sense of humour. One-way glass allows one to see people walking outside in front of the urinals. See if you can conquer the mind over matter challenge.

Worth mentioning also are the unique Mayrhofen ‘Snow Limo’ tours for those unable (or unwilling) to ski. Participants are taken on a sit ski ‘limo’ down the Ahorn pistes. My mum would have loved the chance to do it. Same with the paragliding!

Non-Ski Activities at Mayrhofen

If you have enough of your skis or snowboard, or if you are with some non-skiers in your group, a range of other activities are available in Mayrhofen.

The most fun & exhilarating non-ski Mayrhofen activity is tandem paragliding from the top of Penken all the way down to town. Other options include winter walks, scenic gondola and train rides or perhaps a visit to the stunning top of Hintertux Glacier and a journey down into the Ice Caves.

Reviews

The Powderhounds reviewed Hintertux Gletscher several seasons ago, had a super time & are due to return soon. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read the various reviews!

See how Mayrhofen and the other Zillertal ski resorts compare to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

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Tours in or near Mayrhofen

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Magic Dolomites & Austrian Alps Ski Safari
ALL INCLUSIVE DELUXE PRIVATE SKI SAFARI
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski safari taking in the best Dolomites & Austrian ski resorts over 10 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
Price p/p From price based on 10 days, private group of 4, twin share
Base/invoice currency is in EURO inc taxes
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations
USD 8,687
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Innsbruck Freeride Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group, come alone & meet new friends or fully customise a private tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy on a 7 day tour.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR inc taxes.
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USD 1,726
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