Mayrhofen – Austria
An Alpine hotspot in Austria’s Tyrol region, Mayrhofen offers great skiing and equally great nightlife. The resort features extensive terrain across the Zillertal ski area, and the party-hard bar and club scene reaches its peak during the infamous Snowbombing Festival, an electronic music event held there every spring. Accommodation in Mayrhofen is really varied, with plush hotels for those wanting to splash the cash, and some great budget options too. There are also a good range of self-catering chalets in Mayrhofen.
Mayrhofen (pronounced My-er-hof-fen, and affectionately referred to as The Hoff) is without a doubt one of the best ski resorts we've had the good fortune to visit. Though modern and lively all year round, with plenty of facilities, it still manages to retain its traditional feel and relaxed small town atmosphere. It’s a fantastic destination for young skiers looking to party on a budget, with a good portion of Mayrhofen hotels and guest houses catering for those skiing on a budget, and plenty of low-cost airlines serving the local Innsbruck airport. Mayrhofen restaurants offer a good range of dining and there are several quality supermarkets in town if you’re self-catering. The Mayrhofen Après-ski scene is legendry, and its numerous bars reverberate with Euro-pop beats as skiers come off the mountain to drink schnapps and dance.
The town’s main gondola, which accesses the majority of the ski area, is frequently busy and sometimes quite a scrum to get on, though once you do it’s a great ride to the top with some amazing views. Ski passes in Mayrhofen run on the hands free system and can be purchased online. Despite some issues with queuing and overcrowding, Mayrhofen is a great all-rounder. Time and time again we've been blown away by the potential to party, to relax, to ski easy and to ski hard in Mayrhofen; there truly is something for everyone here and it’s one of those places where people just keep coming back.
- Chillax in the White Lounge ice bar on the Ahorn.
- Apres-ski Austrian style - chase every beer with a Jaeger and dance to Euro-pop in your ski boots.
- Spot the pros stomping tricks over the huge kickers in the Vans Penken snowpark.
- Relax after skiing with water slides and saunas at Erlebnisbad.
- Play skittles at La Fontana, a traditional Kegelbahn chalet that hasn’t changed in over 30 years.
Mad Dog Ski visited Manni Ski Hire in Mayrhofen during our March 2013 trip and here is our easy guide to making sure you get the most out of your ski hire.
At a glance
|Resort altitude||630 m|
|Highest lift||2500 m|
|Lowest lift||630 m|
|km of piste||662|
|Number of lifts||57|
|Lift pass price||€224 / 6 days Superski pass|
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