Mayrhofen is a big time ski resort in anybody’s league. One hundred and fifty nine 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, naturally enough, provide skiing for all standards of skers, from total beginner to the best of the weekend crowd regions in the alps.
The region is now marketed as the Zillertal 3,000 with entrance in Mayrhofen starting from Penkenbahn and the Horbergerbahn. The area also boasts 20 kms of cross country trails for ”kickers and gliders”. The area of Mayrofen the Ahorn, does not connect to the Zillertal 3,000 extravaganza. This is likely the best area for beginners and families.
Mayrhofen, Finkenberg and Zell am Ziller joined forces with the rest of the skiing in the Ziller and Tux valleys to become part of one most impressive ski area. In fact,with the inclusion of the Hintertux glacier into its domain, these resorts and the rest on the ticket needn't take a back seat to anyone.
In addition it is linked to the most pleasant and more taxing skiing area above the smaller village of Finkenberg, just along the road toward Tuxertal. Above Mayrhofen there are two main areas, the Ahorn and the Penken.
In our opinion the Penken is the better area for most punters. New lifts over the past years have vastly improved the choice of available terrain, as well as eliminating most of the congestion. Nothing terrifying here mind you, but nice, friendly, wide open slopes.
The Ahorn too is made of kinder, gentler stuff. If memory serves it is less extensive than it's counterpart on the other side of the road, and although lacking in challenge, it provides a splendid playground for skiers looking to build confidence and experience and have fun at the same time.
However, as we have already pointed out the big story for skiers visiting Mayrhofen is the new Super Zillertal ski pass. Good skiers too can now list this destination among their possibilities.
There is a pretty good night life and aprés ski scene in Mayrhofen, with something on hand for all tastes and budgets. The resort is now, and has always been, very popular with the British market, but of late it is also gaining in popularity with other Europeans. This gives the area a much more international personality and in our opinion makes it a more well rounded destination.
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