Mayrhofen Ski Resort

Located in Tyrol in the Austrian Alps, Mayrhofen is a stunning traditional-style ski resort which is blessed by brilliant slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all stripes.

The resort has fantastic snow conditions and its 142 kilometres of snow sure pistes cater to all ski ability levels from new beginners to advanced skiers. Do not be fooled by Mayrhofen's modest resort height of 630 metres.; the slopes here climb up to an impressive 3,250 metres in a ski area that also includes the Hinterlux glacier. The Zillertal ski area boasts a gargantuan 515-kilometre skiable area with an uber-efficient lift network that whisks you smoothly from one awesome snow-kissed playground to another.


Mayrhofen ski resort's combination of superb skiing opportunities, excellent facilities, and vibrant après ski scene makes it a sought-after destination for winter sports enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable alpine experience. The resort offers a range of amenities to enhance visitors' experiences. From well-equipped ski schools for learners to advanced freestyle parks for thrill-seekers, Mayrhofen caters to diverse interests.

There is a lot of authentic chalet-style accommodation in Mayrhofen ski resort and the chocolate box ambience is enhanced further by a charming church. The resort also has several stylish accommodation options from luxury hotels to cosy apartments perfect for families and groups of friends. Non-ski activities include horse-drawn sleighs, toboggan rides and many more. Mayrhofen is also well known for its fantastic apres-ski evenings, powered by bustling bars and vibrant nightclubs in the resort centre.

Mayrhofen ticks just about every box and is the ideal ski resort destination. Read further for additional information.

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Mayrhofen offers an impressively diverse range of slopes across all ski ability levels. Holiday-makers will find up to 139km of pistes and just over 500km across the wider Zillertal Valley. Mayrhofen offers everything from gentle slopes on both sides of the valley for beginners, steep slopes on the Penken Mountains and high-altitude glacier skiing on the Hintertux glacier.

Skiing in Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is a versatile Zillertal Valley ski resort with something to suit skiers of all aptitudes ̶ it’s a bonanza for intermediate skiers but sprinkles in a few tricky black runs to test advanced enthusiasts and has super ski schools, nursery slopes and green runs that nurture anyone finding their feet. Here’s the lowdown on skiing in Mayrhofen ski resort:

  • There’s 142km of pisted slopes here and 177 lifts to ferry you between them. The Mayrhofen ski village sits at 630m but most of the runs are concentrated between 1650m and 2500m.

  • There are plenty of red and blue runs here and many pistes marked blue would be graded red in other resorts, so if you’re a strong intermediate skier it’s pretty much perfect.

  • Are you an advanced skier and want to work your way up to Austria’s steepest run, the Harakiri? Try the Devil’s Run first (Piste 12) because it’s the perfect prep and locals have dubbed the tricky steep section at its end the ‘Harakiri test’.

  • The Harakiri run itself (Piste 34) is a testing 78% gradient located in the Horbegtal close to the Knorren Chairlift on Action Mountain Penken. It’s 2km long in total, with the most vertiginous section measuring 400m.

  • Buy a Zillertal Superskipass if you want to explore the wider ski area, which includes stunning cliffs in Zell am Ziller, terrific tree-lined runs in Ramsberg and much more.

  • If you can’t get enough of fresh powder, there’s a vast 300km freeriding area here (Austria’s largest) and snow is practically guaranteed in a long season that lasts from November through to May. The majority of these runs can be accessed via the lift system, which provides access up to 3250m, but hire a local mountain guide if you want to go further off the beaten track and you’ll unlock some of the nation’s best off-piste action.

It’s evident that this is a savvy choice for intermediate skiers and has plenty to offer advanced enthusiasts and powderhounds too ̶ expect an adventure every day during your Mayrhofen ski holiday!

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Snowboarding in Mayrhofen

With a highly-regarded snowpark, a variety of pistes and plenty of ungroomed powder to discover in the resort and the surrounding Zillertal ski area, snowboarding in Mayrhofen is fantastic fun. Here are a few tips for riders who want to make the most of it:

  • Home of the Altitude and Snowbombing festivals, Mayrhofen is a firm fixture in the calendar for snowboarders in the know from far and wide.

  • The Penken Park is bang in the middle of the ski area and features six spectacular areas: a kids area, medium area, medium jib area, advanced jib area, and pro area, with a four-person sun-jet chairlift and t-bar lift in the kids area to shuttle snowboarders of all ages to the action zone. A skilled team of shapers ensures that all jumps, rails and boxes are perfectly prepped every day and there are plenty of legendary lines to shred. The park also welcomes less advanced riders, with smaller rails and kickers to tackle before you work your way up to gnarlier obstacles.

  • Snow conditions are fab for most of the season, so there’s also a decent amount of freeriding terrain to explore and if you splash out on a Zillertal pass there are some sweet spots a little further down the valley at the Hintertux glacier and day trips to resorts like Zell am Ziller and Kaltenbach are also perfectly possible.

As you can see, Mayrhofen ski resort has a magnetic attraction for shredheads and the apres-ski scene is pretty special too (more of which later!).
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Snow Conditions in Mayrhofen

A modest Mayrhofen resort height of 630m belies top lifts that take you to 2500m and glacier skiing up to a lofty 3250m, with a lengthy season that spans November to May. Here are a few key facts on historical snow conditions in this snow-sure Austrian ski resort:

  • The deepest snow in the 2020/21 ski season in Mayrhofen was 110cm in early January 2021, while snowfall of 145cm was reported in January 2020.

  • February and March have historically high snow depths here, with averages of 148cm at the ski area top and 27cm at the bottom and 148cm at the top and 16cm at the bottom respectively. These are the chilliest winter months in this vicinity but plenty of south facing slopes mean that there’s enough light and heat to make skiing perfectly pleasant.

  • On those occasions when natural snow cover wanes in Mayrhofen, there’s an impressive arsenal of 147 snow cannons which can provide coverage of 87km of piste.

  • In April and May the conditions can become a little slushy and this is when the resorts shaded, colder north-facing runs come into their own and snow cannons can enhance coverage in order to deliver a dynamic skiing and snowboarding experience for the duration.

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Apres-ski in Mayrhofen

For many snowsports enthusiasts, a crucial counterbalance to cruising the slopes during the day is socialising in the evening and if you’re partial to a party, Mayrhofen has a plethora of pubs, bars and clubs where you can enjoy everything from a quiet cocktail in suave surroundings to tankards of beer and tabletop dancing, or strong shots and banging basslines. Here are some Mayrhofen hotspots you shouldn’t miss:

  • Brück ‘n Stadl is nestled between the Penken and Ahorn lifts on Ahornstrasse ̶ if trad accordion music, live DJs and outrageous dancing til the wee small hours.

  • Pilzbar sits at the top of the Penkenbahn gondola and it’s the perfect place to kickstart your party, with pumping electro tunes getting the crowd animated from the early evening.

  • Elchbar is located close to Pilzbar, so you can slide out of one and slip smoothly into the other. There’s a similar type of lively vibe here and you might even find yourself belting out a few familiar songs in an impromptu singalong with fellow revellers.

  • Harakiri Bar is located bang in the middle of the resort’s main thoroughfare and it’s a cool place to enjoy a cosy cocktail in the early evening before it transforms into a trendy club as the night proceeds.

  • Scotland Yard Pub is a bit of a Mayrhofen institution. So called because it’s the former local police station, it’s a British-style boozer with an Austrian twist, with party nights, live bands and DJ sets throughout the week.

  • Mo’s is reminiscent of a New Orleans corner bar, which is appropriate as it feels like Mardi Gras every evening ̶ expect cheesy Europop, floor-fillers from across the decades in various genres and a brilliant, buzzing ambience.

As you can see, the apres-ski in Mayrhofen is vibrant and varied, so if you’re a bit of a social butterfly you can take a different flight of fancy every evening ̶ don’t forget to punctuate your partying with a bit of action on the piste though!

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Facilities in Mayrhofen

You’ll find all the essentials you expect from a well-appointed ski resort in Mayrhofen, and a little bit more. Read on for some top tips on facilities and amenities here.

Facilities for Children in Mayrhofen

The Mayrhofen Hippach area is a haven for families, with lots of special activities and entertainment on and off the slopes to keep kids of all ages grinning from ear to ear!

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