So much has already been written in various brochures and online about Mayrhofen’s skiing “highlights”, including “Austria’s steepest piste”, the Harakiri, or the 5.5km valley descent from the Ahorn. However, my favourite pistes are something a little different and include some secret local tips!
Fun Ride on the Leisure Mount Ahorn
As a local, I can assure you that the small but perfectly formed Ahorn ski area is definitely a highlight of the ski region. If you take the time to make a quick detour up the Ahorn, you’ll soon discover that the area is definitely not just for beginners. With the red piste number 4 and the black valley descent there are runs for every level.
However, my absolute favourite piste on the Ahorn is the FUN RAIL (also known as piste 1a-1). Rollers, walls, low fives, steep turns,… it so much fun to race down through the Funslope with my youngest or carve down the wide, adjacent pistes (1a, 1 and 2). Of course, relaxing and warming up afterwards in one of the cosy mountain huts or the White Lounge is all part of the experience. It’s heavenly – not to mention the breath-taking panorama. The Ahorn is a DEFINITE MUST-SKI!
The Unterberg (Piste No. 15) – one of my favourites
For its free parking, I recommend taking the Horbergbahn lift up the Action Mount Penken. At the top of the cable car, we clip into our skis and are ready to start exploring the Horberg mountain. We take the 6SB Schneekar chairlift to get to piste no. 15. This RED category, challenging piste isn’t just one of my favourites, but is also popular with pro-skiers such as Anna Veith and her teammates from the Women’s ÖSV Ski-Alpin Team, and Germany’s National Ski Team, who use this slope for training.
If you want to find out just how fast you can ski, speed down the free race courses Unterberg I and Unterberg II, and record your best time.
Ski route through the Horberg Valley (Tappental) – Piste No. 13
After two descents on the Unterberg, we continue our tour to piste no. 13 – a so-called ski route – down towards the Tappental. This category RED piste is at the top of my list of favourites, especially as most visiting skiers don’t manage to find it. For this reason, it’s also a bit of a secret tip to you from me.
As you ski down piste no. 13, keep to the right to avoid missing the turn-off into the Tappental. It’s such a fun slope to ski – I’m sure you’ll love it. And, because it was so great, we head straight back up the “Schafskopf” mountain for a coffee break at the Schneekarhütte.
The Rastkogel Ski Area – carve like a world champion skier on piste no. 67
Reenergized, we carve through the Tappental one more time to continue our ski day with the “150er Tux” gondola. The ascent to the Rastkogel ski area takes just a few minutes. At the top, we take a few moments to enjoy the spectacular views before carving down the wide BLUE piste no. 67 (which then merges into a RED piste) towards the Wanglspitz 6 man chairlift.
I love skiing this piste, because it always leaves me feeling: “You aren’t such a bad skier after all!” – I suppose it’s no wonder – it is a BLUE piste after all!!!
Katzenmoos piste no. 45 – A childhood favourite
We’re starting to get hungry and want to have lunch at the newly built GRANATALM so we take piste no. 66 towards the Nordhangbahn. After a delicious meal in the comfortable hut, we make the last descent of the day before heading home.
The long, challenging BLACK piste no. 45 & 46 has been one of my favourites since my school ski weeks. Back then, I mostly liked it for the long, slow chairlift back up the mountain (now replaced by a quick, modern chairlift!) – nowadays I love it for the fantastic skiing in idyllic surroundings.
So, those are my TOP 5 PISTES in the ski areas of Mayrhofen-Hippach. Of course, there are many, many more amazing and perfectly prepared pistes for skiers and snowboarders to explore. For further recommendations, check out the brochure „Best of Mayrhofen“.