My list of demands includes; everything should run smoothly so that I can really make the most of the day. I would also like amazing pistes and glorious weather. I get all of this and more!
Ascent with the 3S Penken cable car
If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its long queues for cable cars and lifts. Fortunately, the Penken passes this test with flying colours. After I’ve bought my ski pass, I take the escalator up to the cable car station, go through the turnstile, and immediately walk into a gondola. In the cable car we sail above the Ziller river, over forests, in dizzying heights over the Astegg valley, over the Gschösswand and arrive at the top station. The journey in the 3S Penken is an experience in itself!
On the pistes of Mayrhofen
I carve back and forth across the whole ski area on the Action Mount Penken. Then, with a plan in mind, I head straight for the 150er Tux cable car to take me to the ski areas of Rastkogel and Eggalm. When there are lots of people crowding the Penken, skiing over to the Tux ski area is the perfect way to avoid the masses. Great pistes on the Eggalm and almost no people – fantastic! I ski back via the Panorama descent (no. 66) and continue my ski day by taking the Nordhang lift to the Penkenjoch.
The “Weglerwand” (no. 45), to the right of the Katzenmoos lift, is one of the few pistes which is only prepared using natural snow. It’s a great run for excellent skiers as it is a black piste.
When hunger strikes!
After covering so many kilometres of piste in the morning, I return to the slopes of Mayrhofen. I ski down the Nordhang (no. 55) and observe Austria’s steepest piste, the Harakiri from the lift, but DON’T ski it! Instead, I follow piste no. 27 back to the top station of the Penken cable car. Just behind it is a drag lift which takes me to a picturesque trail through the forest. I head for the Gschösswandhaus, famous for having the best Wiener Schnitzel for miles and an incredible view over Mayrhofen!
Back on skis
After such a lunch a deckchair would be nice, but I want to keep skiing and enjoying the pistes. So I continue my ski day by taking the Schneekar chairlift. I want to test out my ski-racer abilities on the permanent race courses on piste no. 15 on the Unterberg. Afterwards, just after passing the Schneekarhütte, I ski one of my absolute favourite pistes; the Tappental. I carve across the wide slope as if on rails, and experience an amazing feeling of freedom.
I can feel them, my thighs. They’re burning a little and I recognise this as a signal from my body. Take it a bit easier, grab a drink, and then back home for a bath! And, that’s exactly what I do. After all, it is already 3pm. This Sunday has flown past. It has been a successful and well-deserved ski day on the Action Mount Penken, which I’ll remember for a long time to come!