If you want a truly amazing, fun-packed ski holiday this winter, head straight to Mayrhofen. This year’s winter opening on the 2nd December 2017 signals the start of a season full of amazing highlights for winter sports fans. By downloading the new Mayrhofen Mountain app, you can access loads of helpful features from personalised route suggestions, including a navigation function for the slopes, to insider hints and tips. The app is certain to be a must-have for every skier this season. A total of 136 kilometers of well-prepared pistes at all difficulty levels offer variety and fun for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. And, if you’re looking for entertainment off the piste, romantic winter walking trails and the new Pistenbock tobogganing run on the Ahorn promise to provide just that. The Mayrhofen cable cars offer a truly unforgettable mountain experience in one of the most action-packed regions of the Alps.
It’s clear from the wide range of fantastic events planned for the coming winter season that this is no exaggeration. The extensive ski region (Horberg, Penken, Finkenberg to Rastkogel and Eggalm) offers amazing experiences for everybody. The legendary “RISE&FALL” competition takes place in Mayrhofen at the very start of the season. On the 16th December 2017, teams of top athletes will once again compete against each other and the mountains in four disciplines. On the 30th December 2017, the radio Ö3 piste basher will be at the White Lounge on the Ahorn. This party is closely followed by the newcomer snowboard event, the “Groms Open” at the Penken Park on the 6th January 2018. On the 10th and 11th March 2018, the most daring snowboard pros will once again rock the Penken Park in the Mayrhofen stage of the Ziller Valley’s “Välley Rälley” snowboard contest. The SAAC camps are also back this year, with the camp in Mayrhofen specially adapted for the hearing impaired.
Action Mount Penken
With its fresh mountain air and panoramic views, the Action Mount Penken is the perfect location for fun and action both on and off the piste. At the centre of one of the most extensive ski areas in the Ziller Valley, the Penken is easy to reach via either the Penken cable car in Mayrhofen or the Horberg cable car in Schwendau.
Once on the mountain, thrill-seekers can expect an immediate adrenaline kick: the Harakiri with its 78% gradient is Austria’s steepest prepared piste. Speed junkies will be in racing paradise on the Unterberg mountain (piste 15), where three giant slalom race courses with timers, let you follow in the tracks of international ski stars as you race towards the finish line. However, it’s not all about steep downhills on the Penken, there’s also plenty of high flying: the who’s who of the snowboard and freeski elite come together in the eight areas of the Penken Park to perfect the latest tricks. What’s more, this winter you’ll have the chance to try out the new intermediate Fun Ride Gerent (next to piste 11) before taking on the challenging Fun Ride Penken.
With all this action, you mustn’t forget to visit the photo spots which can be found throughout the ski area. The Mayrhofen Mountain app (available in the Apple App Store and from Google Play) let you upload your photos to our photo challenge website, and the best will win some fantastic prizes. One of the most spectacular photo spots is the “30 3,000m+ view” at the top of the Schneekar chairlift. The photo shoots in the Penken Park on Wednesdays, on the Fun Ride Ahorn on Thursdays and the Harakiri on Fridays offer yet more posing opportunities and perfect pics. Download your photos afterwards from the Mayrhofen cable car website.
As well as fun on the pistes and park sessions for action heroes, the Penken offers idyllic ski days for families and those who just like to take it easy. The new ice-skating rink on the Panorama Terrace of the Penken cable car station is a unique experience for the young and young at heart with incredible views. Whilst the winter walking trail from the Penken “Kombibahn” cable car to the “Granatkapelle” chapel on the Penkenjoch is even more atmospheric with its breathtaking mountain views towards the Leisure Mount Ahorn. Even the most hardcore skiers are impressed by this incredible panorama.
Leisure Mount Ahorn
Beginners, families and those looking for a more laid-back experience will find exactly that on the Leisure Mount Ahorn. Enjoy a spectacular journey up the mountain in Austria’s largest cable car which can carry up to 160 people. At the top you’ll be greeted by stunning views, sunny slopes and mostly blue and red pistes for gentle carving. However, there is still action to be found on the challenging 5.5km valley descent, as well as the entertaining Fun Ride Ahorn which is also suitable for beginners.
Away from the pistes, the new Pistenbock tobogganing run is fun for everyone. You’ll find it close to the Fun Ride Ahorn; pull your hat down low, hold tight to your “Pistenbock” toboggan and lean into the curves. Practice makes perfect, and one run is never enough. Tobogganing doesn’t just offer a change from skiing, but is an unforgettable family experience and holiday highlight. “Pistenbock” toboggans can be hired from the White Lounge.
For those looking to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature up close and personal, the panorama walking trail on the Ahorn is a winter wonderland. This winter the trail will be extended to include the viewing platforms Zillertal and Stillup which both offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Wooden carvings of local wildlife such as the ibex have been in place around the trail in summer and will remain for walkers to spot in winter.
The White Lounge igloo village is not just an eye-catching feature of the Ahorn, but also the perfect place to meet for a well-earned break or to relax at the end of a fun-filled winter day. Deck chairs, delicious drinks and the perfect chill-out atmosphere – the ice palace is “the place to be” high above Mayrhofen town. At night the White Lounge becomes a cosy igloo hotel. Inside, you can admire intricate ice carvings of local wildlife and take part in a guided tour. This winter, daytime visitors can also view one of the igloo bedrooms. If, after learning how the igloo is made, you don’t fancy building your own, why not book an igloo for the night. Sleeping on soft furs on the peaceful mountain is the ultimate romantic experience.