Mayrhofen, Austria

How to get there

Mayrhofen is located to the south-east of Innsbruck, in the beautiful Zillertal Valley. Along with Finkenberg, Rastkogel, and Eggalm, they make up the Ski-Zillertal 3000 area. The nearby Hintertux Glacier offers skiing in all seasons. To reach the resort by air, it is easiest to fly to Innsbruck provincial airport. If you cannot find a good offer on flights between UK airports and Innsbruck, you can also fly to nearby Salzburg or Munich. If you would like to drive from Munich to Mayrhofen, hire a car at the airport and take the A-9, A-99 (Munich Bypass) and eventually, the A-8 and A-12 autobahns. You should exit at Junction 39 on to the B-169. If you decide to drive from Salzburg, take the A-8 autobahn (Munich-Salzburg) until you reach the southbound A-93. Follow the road until it reaches the A-12 and then exit at Junction 39.

If you would prefer to travel by train, take the Eurostar to Paris. From Paris, take either a high-speed TGV or an overnight train to Zürich. There are several daily trains that run between Zürich and Innsbruck and continue on to Jenbach. At Jenbach, take a private train to Mayrhofen.

Driving to Mayrhofen is not for everyone, since it is located 1130 kilometres away from Calais. However, if you do choose to drive from the UK to the resort, make sure your ski tyres and chains are in good condition.

Who does the resort cater for?

Due to its close proximity to several other famous ski areas, Mayrhofen has enough to keep skiers of all abilities amused. However, those of an intermediate standard will be the happiest at this resort, with over half of the runs dedicated to them. Beginners also have a fair percentage of the slopes open to them. Experts will find challenging runs in the resort and some good off-piste options but may want to pick a different ski resort for a wider range of difficult runs. Children will be kept entertained in the great ski kindergarten and snowboarders will be impressed by the amazing snowboard park that has a very convenient location on the slopes.

For family members who do not wish to hit the slopes, there is much on offer to keep them entertained. For the energetic non-skier, hiking is always a good option. Hiking can be done with or without a guide. Alternatively, there is ice-skating, curling, sleigh rides, tobogganing, and paragliding. If the winter weather is too unappealing a prospect, indoor options include swimming, working out at the fitness centre, and visiting the beauty farm.

The nightlife in the resort is very lively with over 40 restaurants, more than 30 cafes, and a dozen bars. The two nightclubs in Mayrhofen are always popular with younger visitors and there are also many shops appealing to all budgets.

What accommodation does the resort offer?

Mayrhofen offers a wide range of accommodation choices. Hotels, apartments, chalets, and guesthouses always prove popular choices with individuals and families alike. For those on a tight budget, guesthouses and self-catered chalets are a good option. Apartments Central offer apartments in a central location, close to numerous bars and restaurants, as well as the public swimming pool. The apartments are beautifully furnished to a very high standard and any stay here is guaranteed to be comfortable. If you would prefer the relaxation and comfort of a hotel, the Hotel Maria Theresia is a popular option. This three-star hotel serves a great breakfast buffet that will provide you with ample energy for the draining day ahead on the slopes. The rooms are all well-equipped with a range of features, such as a cable television and radio and the sauna and steam room also provide the perfect opportunity to unwind after a long day.

Slope information

There are 3 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 27 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 22 blue runs (suitable for beginners). Mayrhofen also offers access to the nearby Hintertux Glacier which offers skiing all through the year. The slopes are served by modern lifts and they take over 60,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The main ski season starts in the middle of December and lasts until the end of April but summer skiing is also on offer at the glacier. The resort also has 51 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.

Resort Vitals

  • Downhill Pistes: 146 km
  • Cross Country Trails: 20 km
  • Number of Ski Lifts: 30
  • Maximum Vertical: 1870 m
  • Highest Lift: 2500 m
  • Altitude of Resort: 630 m
  • Lowest Piste: 630 m