Mayrhofen is a firm favourite amongst us Brits. Located in the Ziller Valley, the village is picture postcard pretty, with lots of traditional chalets lining the main streets, and no high-rise buildings.
- Highest Point: 2500m
- Descent: 1870m
- No. lifts: 57
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.
The Parks – 4/5
The Vans 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 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 five minutes to get to the top, meaning you can notch up 30+ park laps 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 not as good though, with kickers that require far more speed than their size would suggest; if you land even a little sketchily off the first, don’t bother with the second unless you like knuckles.
Usually squeezed between the pro and medium lines last season is the Fun Area, which has its own entrance, and features a few lumps in a boardercross style. On the right you’ll find the completely separated kids’ beginners park.
“The park lift takes a mere five minutes to get to the top, meaning you can notch up 30+ laps a day very easily”
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 gas pipes, It is an awesome place for the rail rider to dial in their tricks.