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Innovative flights of fancy: The new Penkenbahn lifts

Mayrhofner Bergbahnen AG Cable Car Co. has always been at the cutting edge of technology and therefore a trail blazer for cable car enterprises. True to this credo, large scale investments are in the starting blocks: The new Penkenbahn will rewrite cable car history all over again.


We all know that stagnation means regression – and standing still is something the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen could never be accused of! Guests can look forward to even brighter times with the planned new construction on Action Mountain Mayrhofen. Sports enthusiasts and summer walkers can take advantage of the neighbouring Horbergbahn lifts in Schwendau/ Hippach to access Mount Penken quickly and conveniently during the construction period. Mayrhofen vacationers, amongst others, can look forward to a new era of modern cable car comfort and technology with groundbreaking conveyance capacities from, when all goes to plan, the 2015/16 winter season.


We chatted to trained attorney, Michael Rothleitner; President of the Bergbahnen since April 2009 after several years as Vice-President of the Supervisory Board, about events surrounding the forthcoming restructuring.


What impact will the new Penkenbahn have on Mayrhofen?
Michael Rothleitner: We want to offer our guests a quality skiing experience. Sporting developments have meant that we are now faced with new challenges. 15 years ago people wanted moguls (and two linear metres per turn), which has been superseded by the carving trend and the desire for turns with a 30 m radius, which is almost a threat to families. We cannot „pump“ unlimited numbers of people onto the pistes, instead we should find solutions to the question of: „How many skiers is there room for?“ Fact is that we have reached our limits of capacity – but we can certainly improve quality with regards to conveyance capacity, particularly for descents to the valley as well as in service and comfort. Construction of the new Penkenbahn will also have ramifications on the entire village with regards to a potential increase in the number of beds available, which is why a common strategy is necessary. It is important to have balanced quality standards - the new Penkenbahn should therefore assume the role of a perfectly functioning valve between the activities offered on the mountain and those in the village.

The Penkenbahn wrote cable car history in 1995 with its’ high standards of engineering. Do you aspire to add another chapter?
Michael Rothleitner: The new lifts will be another world first with a superlative conveyance capacity and maximum comfort in the stations and cabins - wide double width doors for easy entry and exit, as well as 28 flexible seats. An improvement in quality for children especially, as they will no longer have to face a rear view of the adults.

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Ski Resort Mayrhofen-Hippach

Action Mount Penken & Leisure Mount Ahorn

Guests that have chosen a ski holiday in Mayrhofen-Hippach in Tirol will find an impressive 135 kilometres of pistes, 100% of which is equipped with artificial snow making facilities - just in case mother nature is sparing with the white stuff. 

The slopes of the Mayrhofen ski resort can be accessed using 55 modern lift system daily from 8.00 to 16.30 hrs.


Familiarize yourself with our diverse ski resort using our Interactive Piste Plan.


Information on the current snow conditions can be obtained via our HOTLINE: 0043 (0) 5285 6760 or online.

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Action Mount Penken

An exciting piste experience

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. 

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Leisure Mount Ahorn

An insider tip for beginners, novices and families.

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...

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