Mayrhofen Lifts & Terrain

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Wonderful early morning run down the backside of Penken at Mayrhofen.
Wonderful early morning run down the backside of Penken at Mayrhofen.
Ahorn cable car ascends from Mayrhofen
Ahorn cable car ascends from Mayrhofen
Snow parks soak up the sun on the flanks of Horberg at Mayrhofen Hippach
Snow parks soak up the sun on the flanks of Horberg at Mayrhofen Hippach
Gorgeous rural Mayrhofen off-piste ski terrain toward Finkenberg on Penken
Gorgeous rural Mayrhofen off-piste ski terrain toward Finkenberg on Penken
Ahorn piste trails above Mayrhofen
Ahorn piste trails above Mayrhofen
Wide-open Mayrhofen ski trails looking toward Eggalm
Wide-open Mayrhofen ski trails looking toward Eggalm
The steep Harakiri run on Penken is super fast .......
The steep Harakiri run on Penken is super fast .......
Mayrhofen off-piste terrain at Penken
Mayrhofen off-piste terrain at Penken
Mayrhofen caters well to novices across the entire resort
Mayrhofen caters well to novices across the entire resort
Deserted Mayrhofen piste in perfect condition
Deserted Mayrhofen piste in perfect condition
One of the many modern lifts at Mayrhofen Hippach ski resort
One of the many modern lifts at Mayrhofen Hippach ski resort
Terrain on the sunny side of Horberg & steeps viewed from the top of Tux cable car
Terrain on the sunny side of Horberg & steeps viewed from the top of Tux cable car
Skiing amongst the hay barns of Eggalm is a wonderful Austrian experience from Mayrhofen
Skiing amongst the hay barns of Eggalm is a wonderful Austrian experience from Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen advanced piste trail
Mayrhofen advanced piste trail
Steeps below the Tux cable car viewed from Horberg at Mayrhofen Hippach
Steeps below the Tux cable car viewed from Horberg at Mayrhofen Hippach
More deserted Mayrhofen piste, mid-week in January
More deserted Mayrhofen piste, mid-week in January
Mayrhofen Hippach ski lifts & terrain
Mayrhofen Hippach ski lifts & terrain
The valley station of the Penken gondola is in the heart of Mayrhofen
The valley station of the Penken gondola is in the heart of Mayrhofen
Ski runs for all abilities on Ahorn above Mayrhofen
Ski runs for all abilities on Ahorn above Mayrhofen
Penkenbahn gondola heads up the mountain at Mayrhofen ski resort
Penkenbahn gondola heads up the mountain at Mayrhofen ski resort

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
Hochzillertal - Hochfügen - Spieljoch
Zillertal Arena

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

    Zillertal
    580m - 3,250m (2,670m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 - 10m
  • Lifts (59)
    10 Gondolas / cable cars
    17 Chairs

    Zillertal - 180 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to late April
    8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 142km
    Longest run - 7km+
    Advanced - 24%
    Intermediate - 45%
    Beginner - 31%

    Zillertal - 542km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Adult - €59.50
    Child - €26.50
    Child u/6yr - Free
    2 days+ = Zillertal SuperSkiPass
    (Valid in all Zillertal valley ski resorts)
    Zillertal Super Ski Pass Resorts Map
  • Zillertal Super Ski Pass Validity Map
     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

Mayrhofen Skiing & Snowboarding

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 & 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.

See the Mayrhofen ski trail map here.

Ski & Snowboard 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, the new advanced trail down to Moesl, and piste trail 5 into the town of Mayrhofen. Ahorn's piste trail 5 has nearly 1,300m 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.

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). Away from the centre of Mayrhofen, modern gondolas also head up to the slopes from Hippach, Finkenberg & Tux. A new valley access to the popular Horberg via a gondola from Mösl was installed for the 2019 season, further expanding uphill access, plus a new advanced trail down to a lower mid-station.

Nearly all 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 1½ days are the Zillertaler Superskipass valid for all 180 lifts at the Zillertal ski resorts. In addition to Mayrhofen, these include Hintertux Glacier, Zillertal Arena, and Hochzillertal – a total of 542km 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.)

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 Ski Trail Maps

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 ski 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.

See the Penken ski trail map here.

See the Ahorn ski trail map here.

See the Eggalm-Rastkogel ski trail map here.

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 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 5½km valley run from the top of the Ahorn - a thigh liquifying 1,250m+ 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 1,400m 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, Freeride & Backcountry Skiing

There is more off-piste freeride 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 both sides of Penken plus areas above the towns 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 access is excellent at Mayrhofen, particularly out past the Horberg and Rastkogel. Long ridges & wide bowls are interspersed with more difficult sections.

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

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

If in any doubt about exploring the off-piste powder & backcountry of Mayrhofen, get a guide or instructor via our Ski Lessons & Guiding page.