My First Time: A Ski Holiday with Friends to Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley

Getting up above the clouds, enjoying incredible views, and rediscovering friendships and good times. Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley is the perfect place for this and much more– with its freestyle park, chilled-out vibe and great January offers.


Winter holidays in Mayrhofen in Zillertal

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Created by Gast Autor

As a young adult, it’s time to design your holiday your way, without being at the whim of your parents’ decisions. It’s all about doing what you want, even if that is sleeping til noon without anyone moaning about it! And, that’s exactly what young people find in Mayrhofen; the active centre of the Ziller Valley. The ideal mix of snowsport areas, pubs and mountain huts makes it the perfect winter destination. The best park riders and freeskiers in the world meet here; there’s music pumping on the mountain and in the valley; this place has style. And, in the off-peak season, young people can find plenty of accommodation at affordable prices. Sharing a holiday apartment with four to eight friends doesn’t just save you all money, you’ll have your own space to create your perfect holiday vibe and spend quality time together - including breakfasting together, at whatever time that may be! 

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Getting to the Ziller Valley is easy-going – even without a car

Even packing is easy. Should you forget anything, the resort of Mayrhofen-Hippach has plenty of shops selling every essential. Ten ski hire shops have everything you need from clothing and safety equipment to sports equipment – especially an amazing selection of top quality skis and snowboards. The latest models are available for all styles and abilities. And, it’s often possible to book your equipment online in advance. Ski depots for storing your equipment can be found either at the cable car stations or in your accommodation. 


The Ziller Valley, and Mayrhofen at its heart, is so easy to get to. All international trains stop at Jenbach, where you can change to the Ziller Valley railway and be in the skiing metropolis of Mayrhofen in just forty minutes. Sightseeing is included with spectacular views throughout the journey of the valley’s 3000m+ peaks and skiing areas left and right. Mayrhofen’s train station is on the outskirts of the village. From here, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to many accommodations. If your accommodation is a little further away, simply take the free ski bus to the town centre or the ski lifts. Otherwise, some hotels and accommodation providers and tirol-taxi provide shuttle services. With a bit of planning your journey can also be very good value: the youth BahnCard 25 offers under 18s a 25% discount on the flexi-price and several other benefits. Otherwise, with special offer prices from the Deutsche Bahn, the journey from Frankfurt to Jenbach can be booked for as little as €39.90. If you’re travelling from Munich, the journey to Mayrhofen is even cheaper with EuroCity and Ziller Valley railway tickets from €19.90. An interesting alternative is to take the DB and ÖBB night trains – and save on a night’s accommodation. With the Night-ICE or ÖBB Nightjet, you can still arrive in time to enjoy a morning of skiing. Getting around Mayrhofen costs nothing in the winter: frequent and regular ski busses link the Ahorn, Penken and Horberg cable car stations as well as all other popular destinations. 


Be clever when choosing your holiday dates and accommodation 

The New Year’s crowds diminish by mid in January. That’s when you’ll find the best prices for top accommodation for your winter holiday: holiday apartments can be booked for a whole week or even a long weekend for considerably less than in high season. The tourist office hotline and online comparison platform are there to help you with your selection. Booking directly is also an option- but make sure to call early enough!

Ski tips: where to go with your friends

Penken Park at action mount Penken

Penken Park

The Penken Park is legendary! The landscape of the high-lying Horberg valley is amazing in itself, but the park set-up is really impressive. There are eight perfectly-shaped lines and several areas with jumps and rails – for pros, beginners, jibbers and competitions. The thrills and spills of the park can all be watched and filmed from the Sunjet chairlift. There are regular bookable photoshoots and world-class riders and freestylers get together at the nearby restaurants.

Fun Ride at leisure mount Ahorn
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Funslope Ahorn

The Fun Ride on the Ahorn guarantees a great time on skis. Steep turns, high fives and rollers are linked in such a way that skiers of every level can tackle the run at their own speed. Oh, and by the way, the chilled atmosphere on the Ahorn and incredible views are also well worth experiencing.

Harakiri, the steepest slope in Zillertal
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The “Harakiri” is Austria’s steepest piste and it lives up to its name. If you are foolish enough to attempt it without a good level of fitness and excellent ski technique, you risk a serious crash. The “blackest” piste in Tyrol is only open when piste conditions are perfect. However, if you ski it successfully, you can feel justifiably proud of yourself - and smile for the camera during the Friday photoshoot. 

Glacier Circuit in Zillertal
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The Glacier Circuit

The Glacier Circuit tour of the Ziller Valley’s pistes and mountains offers fantastic scenery. With 60 km of descent, including the 7 km long “Schwarze Pfanne” valley run in Hintertux, it’s a real test of stamina. 


Ski mountaineering in Mayrhofen
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Try ski touring– this means relying on your own strength and fitness to conquering the mountain, discover new terrain and enjoy the unbeatable thrill of skiing your own untouched run (possibly in powder). Touring skis and equipment are available in Mayrhofen. We strongly recommend taking a qualified guide with you. 

Fun without skis

Sledging / Tobogganing: Race downhill on lead-soled runners, along the toboggan run. Or, occasionally off into the deep snow! Tobogganing is so much fun (in Tyrolean “Gaudi”), and, what’s more, the climb to the hut at the start point is a good workout. 

Mayrhofen’s leisure pool with its 101-metre-long slide, doesn’t only appeal to children. A get-together in the whirlpool relaxes tired skiing muscles and a session in the sauna will warm you up nicely.

The igloo village White Lounge sits majestically at an altitude of 2000m. You can even book to spend the night in one of its icy rooms. During the daytime the White Lounge is a popular meeting point and the “official chill out area” of Mayrhofen. Grab a deckchair or Fatboy, order a cocktail, listen to the tunes of the DJ and relax in the sun. 

In- and outdoor climbing for beginners and pros: the bouldering hall in Mayrhofen offers 120 m² of climbing wall. However, if you’re looking for a real adventure, try climbing a frozen waterfall – either in the Zemm Valley, the Sundergrund, Zillergrund or Floitengrund.  Ice climbing equipment can be hired from Mayrhofen’s active sports centres, and you’ll find descriptions of the climbing routes on the internet. Be warned though, the ice changes constantly depending on the sun – therefore, you should definitely take a knowledgeable local guide with you. 

Clubs & Pubs – With its variety of huts, bars and clubs, this winter sports destination shows how truly international it is. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find the right music and ambience for your winter holiday. The party atmosphere continues throughout the winter, and reaches its climax at Easter with the legendary “Snowbombing” festival. 

The White Lounge on leisure mount Ahorn
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Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen
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Toboggan fun on Gerlosstein in Zillertal
©Elisabeth Kröll

Facts about a ski holiday with friends in the holiday resort of Mayrhofen-Hippach in the Ziller Valley:


You can travel by train from anywhere in Germany to Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley. Whether you’re starting in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Berlin or Hamburg, the ICE train will get you to Munich in a flash, and from there it’s quickly onwards to Mayrhofen. Often the train is quicker than driving, and certainly far more relaxing! Alternatively, you can take advantage of the night trains offered by the DB and ÖBB. New in December: travel from Berlin to Munich with the ICE in just 4 hours and then, with one change, to the Ziller Valley. Take the Ziller Valley railway from Jenbach to Mayrhofen. 



Plan ahead for great savings

DB’s Sparpreis tickets offer great value, allowing you travel from as little as €19.90. The BahnCard 25 also offers discounts on tickets and is flexible to boot. Sparpreis tickets can be booked from 6 months before the date of travel. Be smart and check out the prices for your trip as early as possible. 

Groups of more than 6 people won’t just have that much more fun, but also get bigger savings! A journey across Europe costs just €19.90 per person when travelling in a small group. Book at this price from 6 months in advance online and up to a year in advance directly with a customer service agent. 

Wifi and entertainment come as standard on every ICE train journey. In the on-board Maxdome Entertainment Centre, passengers can watch a wide range of films - from comedies, thrillers or kids films - all free-of-charge. 


No car = no worries 

Are you looking for a way to avoid the holiday traffic into the Ziller Valley? No problem! The Ziller Valley railway line runs right next to the road; from Jenbach to Mayrhofen. When you arrive, free ski buses link the cable cars and town centres. If you arrive later in the evening, taxis are waiting to transfer night owls swiftly to their accommodations. A car really isn’t necessary in the Ziller Valley, and what’s more, you’ll save money by not paying the motorway toll. 


Ski area

Mayrhofen’s ski area boasts 136km of pistes and 10km of sign-posted ski routes, which can be reached by 44 ski lifts. The Action Mount Penken and Leisure Mount Ahorn both have loads to see and do: from Austria’s steepest piste, the Harakiri, the White Lounge igloo village with its chill-out area and plenty of huts and après-ski bars on the ski pistes. 


Ski equipment 

In the ten ski and snowboard hire shops you’ll find carving skis, twin-tips, powder skis, snow bikes and every other kind of winter sports equipment you and your friends need to have an amazing holiday. From just €20 a day you can hit the pistes with top quality, modern equipment. It doesn’t get easier than that! 



Whether you’re looking for a hotel, holiday apartment or B&B, young adults are sure to find the perfect accommodation in Mayrhofen: in the centre or on the outskirts of town, next to the ski piste or close to the clubs and bars. The best deals can be found in the off-peak season, i.e. from the beginning to the middle of December, in the middle of January or in April. If you have to travel during the school holidays, packages and deals can still be found in Easter. Just make sure you book early enough.