Ski Evaluation: Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen – The Lowdown

Mayrhofen is one in every of Austria’s nice ski areas with an enormous array of slopes combined with a reasonably city replete with typical Tyrolean structure and a full of life nightlife.

Everybody from Eddie Izzard to The Prodigy has partied right here whereas showing on the Snowbombing and (now gone) Altitude festivals. And whenever you really feel the necessity for a change of surroundings there are a lot extra resorts in your carry cross.

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Mayrhofen Ski Areas

The primary ski space is reached by the Penkenbahn, a sleek fashionable supergondola (20-plus cozy seats) from the centre of city, subsequent to the massive Sporthotel Strass with its bars, and throughout the street from Hans the Butcher whose scorching pork rolls make an ideal lunch to push into your pocket.

On the high there are newbie runs tucked away with their very own lifts whereas most skiers head down into the massive bowl that mixes a number of charming, tree-lined runs with the likes of Harakiri, the steepest run within the Alps.

There are lifts up the opposite aspect of the bowl, not least the Tux cable automotive 150 to the resort’s excessive level at 2,590 m. Different pistes head to Finkenberg and Lanersbach whereas within the different path an off-piste route will get you right down to valley degree on the Horbergbahn, for a bus hop again to city.

With entry proper from the centre of city, Mayrhofen is ideal for households with the ski college assembly space as you pour off the Penkenbahn cable automotive.

Mayrhofen children on piste

Mayrhofen kids on piste

Snowboarding is protected and away from roads. Intermediates can benefit from the mild paths and the broad pistes – nice for households who wish to ski collectively. Boarders have enjoyable on the Vans Penken Park most likely one in every of Europe’s finest snow parks.

There’s a full day’s snowboarding available heading to the resort’s far corners, and loads of mountain eating places with fabulous desserts and children-friendly meals similar to Wiener schnitzel (breaded veal of hen cutlet) and chips.

Don’t miss lunch on the Schneekarhütte, twin stone and glass pyramids sitting on a ridge on the high of the Horbergbahn carry, serving fashionable takes on hearty Austrian delicacies.

Simply up the primary road from the Penkenbahn is the Ahornbahn that reaches a separate peak and ski space with loads of area for newcomers to enhance, and to loosen up on the White Lounge bar, an actual igloo with deckchairs outdoors. Or keep over in one of many 28 bedrooms.

And extra… The Zillertal

That is the Zillertal, a valley that lays declare to extra snowboarding than another valley on this planet, some 510km. It’s a delicate place, broad and flat, served by free buses and the equally free little pink Zillertalbahn prepare.

They join with all the opposite resorts on the Zillertal Superski cross. Hochzillertal, taking within the villages of Kaltenbach and Fugen, is a advantageous place in itself with loads of massive, zoomy runs that kids simply love. The Zillertal Area, beginning out in Zell-am-Ziller has a lot extra slopes with fairly Tyrolean backdrops.

Head farther up the valley and also you come to a lifeless finish on the Hintertux glacier, one in every of Europe’s most diverse glacier ski areas, someplace that’s open day by day of the 12 months.

There’s 60km of runs, the whole lot from mild pistes to bumps for consultants, to not point out the Glacier Flohpark, at three,250m the very best kids’s playground in Europe with enjoyable ski runs and tubing.

Mayrhofen – The Resort

The stunning principal road is full of espresso homes, bars and eating places. The desserts in Kostner, with its sensible Austrian design, are legendary and households descend on the place in late afternoon. The cool café/bar Pane-e-Vino Da Michele, run by the cheery Italian Michele Viteritti, serves up refined pasta plus wine, grappa and big tiramisu – good for a romantic night.

Mayrhofen spa hotel strass

Mayrhofen spa resort strass

The Sporthotel Strass is among the liveliest inns within the Alps, drifting down the excessive road in a number of grand Tyrolean buildings (at one level linked by a first-floor glass hall). Its Ice Bar is the primary cease for skiers’ after getting the Penkenbahn down.

Then, for this season, there’s its big new lounge and bar, with a contact of
stay music, whereas there’s additionally the perennial favorite, the subterranean Area nightclub the place Fatboy Slim has been been an everyday. And if that you must get better from that, there are two spas – one for the household with an enormous swimming pool, and one other for many who wish to strip right down to fundamentals.

A stroll away, Scotland Yard is a late-night British pub that’s been a part of the surroundings for a few years whereas Brück’n stadl, full of life Austrian custom, is close to the underside of the Ahorn.

The music pageant

Mayrhofen comes alive for Snowbombing, the largest music pageant within the Alps and invoves DJs, electronica and stay bands. The following one, the 19th 12 months, is due 9-14 April 2018. There are occasions all over the place – the Strass, up on the White Lounge, out within the woods, on the slopes. This season high of the invoice is Liam Gallagher.

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Crystal Ski provides seven nights on the Resort Strass from £601pp, half-board, together with flights and transfers.

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