18/10/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 4 comments
The Penken Park in Mayrhofen is not huge, but don’t let that put you off – it’s a great all round snowboard park that has helped nurture numerous British Pros over the past decade. Starting at 1820m, the sun-drenched south-facing park sits in the basin at the foot of the Horberg and Penken peaks, where it is served by the Sun-jet chairlift. This lift takes a mere 5 minutes to get to the top, meaning you can notch up 30 plus park runs a day very easily. The pro line has three awesome jumps in a row, with the likes of Jamie Nicholls riding there regularly. The medium line is just a smaller version of the pro jumps, sitting parallel to them, with nice transitions and steep landings.
Squeezed between the pro and medium lines last season was the new Fun Area, which has its own entrance, and features a few lumps in a boardercross style.
On the right side of the pro area – if conditions allow – you’ll find the 120m halfpipe, and a little further away the completely separated kids/beginners park.
Mayrhofen boasts a selection of rails to choose from, including down rails, double kinks a zig zag bar, elbow rails and selection of boxes and gaspipes. It is an awesome place for the rail rider to dial in their tricks.
The park also stays open until the last kicker has melted. The spring sun does batter the park, so it’s best to get there early before the landings get too rutted. The Grillhofalm restaurant sits at the bottom of the park and gives a perfect view of the ensuing madness as well as serving great pizzas.