The town offers a variety of summer and winter sports including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. Mayrhofen is situated near the Hintertux glacier, which, at 3250m above sea level, is above the snowline. Skiing is available all year round here. Mayrhofen sits between the Penken and the Ahorn mountains which provide ski runs in the winter and mountain biking, hiking and paragliding in the summer. The Ahorn offers mainly easy and intermediate runs, but also has a long, steep red run which was once on the World Cup Downhill circuit but was removed as it was deemed too dangerous. The Penken mountain offers Austria’s steepest piste, named Harakiri, as well as a large range of ski runs at different levels of difficulty. It is connected by lifts with the villages of Finkenberg, Lanersbach and Schwendau.
The Penken is reached by a Gondola system which located on the main street next to the Sport Hotel Strass, in the centre of the village, while the Ahorn Cable car, which as of 2008 is the largest cable car in Austria (160 passengers) is situated at the southern end of the town. Mayrhofen is a snowboard minded village with a funpark sponsored by Vans, and the snowboardhotel Gasthof Zillertal owned by the Dutch organisation ‘SAIKO expeditions’. Mountaineer Peter Habeler and Downhill Racer Uli Spiess both come from Mayrhofen.
The Ahornbahn cable car has gondolas which can take up to 160 people – the biggest in Austria. The size of the gondola means that it can also be used as a “floating cafe” when the weather is bad.
The town also provides an excellent base for walkers – there are hundreds of clearly marked walks suitable for everyone from beginners who can walk along the Ziller valley to experienced walkers who can walk on the mountains. There are also excellent bus and rail services both along the valley and up into the mountains.
In addition to the extraordinary opportunities for freeriding on powder days both below and above the tree line, the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen Lift Co. has created the Vans Penken Park for snowboarders and freeskiers that completely outclasses all other funparks in Tirol with the quality and diversity of its jumps.
A team of professional Funpark shapers guarantee constant optimum conditions with daily grooming. This is also the only park with its own 4 seater chair lift, which is perfectly designed to be just as long as the park itself.
Expansion of the park and clear segregation into three levels of difficulty mean that pros as well as beginners will find their perfect line.
The Penken ski region has been interlinked for some years now with the Finkenberg, Rastkogel and Eggalm resorts, resulting in one of the largest and most varied ski regions in Austria. The Harakiri Piste is a particularly exciting highlight, with 78 % gradient – Austria”s steepest piste. The Vans Penken Park is ready and waiting for boarders and freeskiers with 6 areas available for every level of ability.
Sporty skiers won`t be able to resist the 5.5 kilometre valley run down to Mayrhofen. The White Lounge is yet another highlight: A combination of Igloo Bar, Igloo Hotel and Chill-out Area. Relaxing in deck chairs with fab views and great lounge music during the days. One of the most exclusive overnight experiences in Zillertal in the evening
Après-ski comes from the French for “After Skiing” but is now used universally and refers to the socializing that is popular after a days skiing ends. When the sun goes down is when the ski resorts come alive and enjoying a steaming mug of hot Chocolate laced with rum or a glass of hot Gluhwein whilst watching the sunset over the snow covered mountain peaks is a memory which will last a life-time.
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