Mayrhofen is a firm favourite amongst us Brits. Located along the Ziller Valley, the village is picture postcard pretty, with lots of traditional chalets lining the main streets, and no high-rise buildings.
The local area covers a very handy 133km of pistes, but the Ziller valley is home to so much more. Hintertux, a short half hour bus ride away, is one of the few remaining resorts to stay open 365 days a year. The gondola to enter the Zillertal arena is only a few kilometres from Mayrhofen and its home to the big Dutch party town of Gerlos with another 139km of pistes and great off-piste. On the same side of the valley as Mayrhofen is Hochfügen with another 88km of pistes. Not bad eh?
The village has hosted Snowbombing since 2005, and seen it mushroom into Europe’s largest snow and music festival. It’s a week of utter carnage, usually accompanied by sunny days with which to shred away the hangover.
Did you know?
Back in 2006 the Penkenbahn gondola made it into Whitelines’ list of the world’s scariest lifts. “After going through an un-necessary dog-leg,” we wrote, “the gondolas take on a sustained gap of horrifying height until the top station catches and releases each load of trembling tourists.”