For many skiers and snowboarders, a winter holiday in Mayrhofen starts with a single question: where first? How about the Penken mountain, or maybe the Rastkogel, or the Eggalm, the Ahorn or even the Hintertux Glacier, the only ski resort in Austria open 365 days a year? During the winter months these diverse peaks, ridges, resorts and mountains fuse together to form the Ski- und Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000 with almost 200 kilometres of pistes catering for skiers and boarders of all ages, abilities and ambitions.
Experienced snowsports enthusiasts looking to challenge themselves should head for the Penken mountain north-west of the village of Mayrhofen with its legendary Harakiri piste reaching gradients of 78% – the steepest ski piste in Austria. Freestylers will enjoy the Vans Penken Park, one of the best snowparks anywhere in Europe. Highlights include a huge rainbow box, a multijib beastbox and a wallride. Freeriders will find excellent off-piste around the Wanglspitze mountain and the Unterbergalm.
The Ahorn mountain, on the other hand, is more suited to families and beginners. It has plenty of wide open pistes for cruising as well as a race course and a challenging 5.5 km descent into the valley. In Mayrhofen there are also plenty of ski schools and equipment rental shops.
And, last but by no means least, Mayrhofen is famous for its après-ski. Some of the top locations for partying the are the Harakiri-Bar, Mo's Café, theIcebar and the Elchbar at the top of the Penkenbahn cable car.