Mayrhofen – Austria
Resort height: 630m – 2,500m
Total piste length: 136km
Mayrhofen is an all-encompassing resort with a picture perfect exterior and party-hard interior. This charming village has retained all of its Tyrolean architecture whilst its restaurants and bars are modern. Tourism is a key industry here and the locals are more than happy to provide a hospitable atmosphere for their visitors. Music is a large part of the area too, not just the nightclubs but also the folk and rock bands that pack out the pubs and bars in the centre.
The main ski area is the Penken Mountain which can be reached by the Penkenbahn gondola from the centre of the village. Expect large queues though as this area is exceptionally busy at peak times. The area that beginners will be best suited to are the nursery slopes of the Ahorn Mountain. With 136km of runs and 53 lifts, Mayrhofen also has reliable snow and a long season which keeps visitors coming back. The resort has Austria’s steepest marked run, the Harakiri, as well as plenty of red runs. If shopping is your thing, the resort offers a good selection of fashion shops. Childcare is also available at Wuppy’s Kinderland and there are spas and pools dotted around as well as relaxing saunas.
Where to lunch
Christa’s Skialm is located at the second stage of the Finkenberg gondola and serves well-cooked and thoughtfully sourced food. There’s a cosy interior and a large terrace to relax on outside. Its location makes it a great meeting place for friends to gather. Food includes barbecued chicken, ribs and a variety of salads.
Another option is Stadlam am Penken. If you’re looking for value for money this is the place to go. This self-service restaurant may not have any formal service but it does give huge portions of hearty food at reasonable prices.
Where to stay
Hotel Elisabeth is a luxury hotel within close proximity of the centre of Mayrhofen. It is the only five star hotel in the village and offers fantastic food and facilities. The hotel is traditional in décor, with timber and charming furnishings, however the facilities on hand are all thoroughly modern.
One of the area’s oldest hotels, The Siegelerhof has all the charm and warmth of a village B&B. The location is remote and serene with its own gardens, thick walls which add to your privacy and a bar serving locally brewed beer.
Visitors in the coming years will benefit from the new Speak Easy Arena in the Hotel Strauss which is one of the resorts best nightlife spots. Electric music is played every night, with crowd-pleasing chart hits as well as some Austrian dance tunes. The après scene at this resort starts very early in the afternoon, straight after lunch in fact. The mountain huts will fill up with those looking to socialise and party.
Alternatively the White Lounge is a great place to meet friends and catch up over a cocktail or two. This ice hotel is viewed as one of the most fashion forward venues the village has to offer.