Ahorn Ski Area
This is the smaller part of the Mayrhofen ski area and is accessed via the Ahornbahn which is found at the top of the town, over the bridge and to the left, next to the Hotel Perauer and Bruck n Stadl après ski bar.
The Ahorn ski area is perfect for families and beginners and is a great place to get your ski legs back on the first day of your holiday. With some great mountain restaurants and a variety of runs it is perfect for a relaxed day within the Mayrhofen ski area.
- Experienced skiers will be challenged with the 5km home run to Mayrhofen
- The white lounge is an igloo bar made completely out of snow and so well worth a visit. With a great sun terrace it is a perfect place to shill out with a cold drink and take in the great mountain views.
Penken Ski Area
This is the larger Mayrhfoen ski area, which is accessed from either the Penkenbahn in the centre of town next to the Hotel Strass, or via the Horbergbahn, which is an out of town gondola station in the surrounding village of Schwendau. The Horbergbahn is particularly useful for those using the ski bus as it is often quieter and easy to access with both the C and D line Mayrhofen ski bus.
This area is also home to the Penken Park where skiers and boarders have access to a range of areas suitable for complete beginners through to those competing on pro circuits. It is also possible to link into the Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm Ski areas.
Or the brave there is also the opportunity to try the steepest run in Austria. At 78% the Harakiri is not for the faint hearted! Look out for the signs as often on a Friday there are photographers on the slope ready to take an action shot for you!
One of our favourite days in the Mayrhofen ski area is combining it with a trip over to the Eggalm ski area. This is easy to do and suitable for all levels except complete beginners. From the Penken gondola station you need to proceed to the 150er-Tux lift.
Once you have arrived at the top of the 150er-Tux, you can stop to take some photos at the Panorama photo point. Proceed on Blue 6 and you want to position yourself on the right hand side of the slope and continue along following the signs for Blue 3 towards the Rastkogelbahn. Once you see the top station of the Rastkogelbahn, you need to continue past it, which will then allow you to ski down to the bottom of the Lammerbichl chair lift on either Red or Blue 3. At this point you need to keep an eye out for the ski route that will take you to Eggalm. This is found on the left side of the piste opposite the Lammerbichl lift station. Follow this all the way down to Eggalm.
Once at Eggalm you will probably be ready for a drink and so the Vogelnest is handily located at the end of the ski route. With reasonable prices and a great sun terrace it is a perfect place to stop. You can then spend a bit of time exploring the Eggalm ski area which is fairly self explanatory. When you are ready to come home you need to take Red or Blue 5 all the way down to the village of Vorderlanersbach, where you can pick up the Rastkogelbahn, which will take you back in the direction of Mayrhofen. It takes a little while to get back and so you need to allow an hour or so, however it is certainly worth the effort.
The Mayrhofen ski area is split over 2 ski areas with over 130km of available pistes and a modern and efficient 50+ lift system.
You can download a PDF of the Mayrhofen Piste Map here
Mayrhofen Ski Pass information
If you are visiting Mayrhofen for more than 1 day then you will buy the Zillertaler Superskipass, which gives you access to the whole of the Zillertal valley. This includes all of the Mayrhofen ski area as well as the opportunity to ski the other valley resorts such as Zell am Ziller, Kaltenbach, Hochfugen and the Hintertux glacier
Travel on the Zillertalbahn train is included with this ski pass as well as the Greenline bus service to the Hintertux. Note you must have winter sports equipment with you to qualify for this.
For those visiting Mayrhofen for the whole season then you are able to choose between 3 season ticket options
Mayrhofen Ski Area – This pass is valid for the Mayrhofen Ski area including Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm
Zillertal Pass – This includes unlimited access to all of the lifts in the Zillertal
Tirol Card – This pass is available from the start of October until the middle of May. It covers 86 ski areas across the Tirol region of Austria. It is hard to beat this for value!
Ever wondered where and how far you have travelled on your ski holiday?
You can now easily find out how far you have skied each day as well as number of lifts used and number of vertical metres you have covered.
By taking your Mayrhofen ski pass number and entering this information into Skiline, you will be presented with a snazzy graph including all of your skiing activity
Check it out at http://www.skiline.cc/ticket/mayrhofen for more information