Mayrhofen Ski Resort

Family-friendly but still lively enough for the younger crowd, Mayrhofen is a low-lying ski resort with high extensive ski slopes by Austrian standards. It’s also connected by bus to the other Zillertal Valley ski resorts, including the snowsure glacier at Hintertux, forming a combined ski area called Zillertal 3000.

Mayrhofen is about an hour drive from the Innsbruck airport on a good day. With a solid track record of being one of Austria’s top teaching resorts, Mayrhofen is loved by family and group vacationers trips. It however has a split nature at odds with its surroundings as it’s vivacious après ski is at the height of its activeness when ski schools and creche facilities are shutting down, with some clubs open all night long. The good part about this disparity is that the resort is quite big with different accommodation options so it has capacity for the different lifestyles. In fact, mixed groups with different ages on board will have a pretty good winter holiday here.

And everyone can enjoy Mayrhofen’s skiing. There are no runs back to the resort itself, which at 630m is too low, but much improved lifts whizz skiers up to and down from the surrounding Ahorn and Penken-Horberg sectors from where they can ski onto Rastkogel and Egalm. This ski area is high enough (the top lift reaches 2500m) large enough (139 km of pistes) and steep enough (red runs predominate but for a challenge there is also Austria’s steepest piste – Harakiri) to satisfy most skiers, particularly if they are long-lunchers or late-risers who want a holiday above all else.


Nearest Airports to Mayrhofen

Innsbruck is well-served by Innsbruck (75 km), Salzburg (175 km) and Munich (196 km) airports with transfer times by road typically between one and two hours with good airport transfer connections from each of these airports as well as from Bolzano and Memmingen to Mayrhofen.

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Where to stay

There’s a wide variety of accommodation in Mayrhofen, with more than 50 hotels (including chalet-hotels) and numerous Bed & Breakfast guesthouses and self-catering apartments. Several UK tour operators arrange package holidays to the resort but it’s also easy to book accommodation online.

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