General Info about Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen is located at 630m in the upper Ziller valley (Zillertal), a scenic valley in the heart of Tirol & Austria. 190 km from Munich, 170 km from Salzburg and 65km from Innsbruck Airport.
Direct rail service is not available from either airport, so passengers must switch to a train at Jenbach (OBB) station to the Ziller Valley line or take the scheduled bus into Mayrhofen
I have been here twice, both times as part of my winter excursion with my high school.
This small village is a highly popular ski resort and holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts from all over the globe.
159 kms of slopes are connected by 49 lifts that stretch all the way from Hippach right up to the Glacier that towers over Hintertux. These slopes are great for everyone: The skiing takes places on two separate mountains, the larger of which is reached by the impressive new Penken gondola (yellow Penkenbahn).
We skied the "Penken" (main ski area) during our stay and had a great time doing so! It’s suitable for both veteran skiers but it's also great for learning. The "Ahorn" is especially easy for beginners.
But don't think that this village is practically "dead" when there's no snow: in the summer months, the nearby lakes & forests make Mayrhofen a stunning place for nature & hiking holidays. I haven't skied in years, and would love to do so again. Nothing can beat a day of "whooshing" down a mountain, and then sitting in the bright sun, surrounded by snow coved peaks, simply wearing a t-shirt and sipping on a hot chocolate with rum.
Switzerland is also a famous destination for winter sports, but generally seems more expensive than Austria...
My fiance has never been skiing before, and I'm definitely considering bringing him to Mayrhofen for his first taste of snow :-) I'd love to return again; without the nagging of class mates, and without the rules of the teachers... haha!
HOTLINE for snow conditions: +43 (0) 5285 62373.
Skiing slopes & lifts operational hours:
08:30am - 04:30pm, 7 days a week.