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Ski Holidays, Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen is a large, lively Austrian ski resort located in a flat-bottomed valley surrounded by the high peaks of the Ziller. Its one of Austria’s best-loved ski resorts and its easy to see why, an attractive village with great après ski, and high snow sure slopes with the added benefit of the nearby Hintertux glacier.

The recent upgrades to the Penken cable car from the village centre has massively improved the flow of skiers heading up the mountain. A few years ago this was a major issue and a constant cause of complaints.

Do not let the altitude of the village of Mayrhofen put you off, at 630m its sounds impossibility low, but most of the skiing is located above 1300m and the top slopes reach 3350m. The ski area covers 134km of slopes locally and the full area connected by buses and trains covers 489km of skiing.

Mayrhofen Ski HolidaysThe skiing in Mayrhofen is best suited to better intermediate and advanced skiers. Harakiri is the resorts best known black run and claims to have the steepest pitch in Europe at 78%. (32 degrees).

Nervous intermediates may find the slopes too steep, there are a few gentle blues, but if you are a good intermediate skier you will love it here.

For beginners, the nursery slopes are excellent on the Ahorn, if you are skiing with friends who already ski, they will prefer to be on the Penken side of the mountain. The problem for beginners is that the progression slopes are limited, so unless you are fit, brave and willing to push yourself, Mayrhofen may not be the best place to learn to ski.

Good snowboarders love Mayrhofen, it offers some excellent steep red runs and the off-piste options are good too.

Après ski is one of the biggest selling points for Mayrhofen, the main street is full of lively bars but the fun always starts on the slopes at the top of the Penken gondola.

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