Visitor reviews for Mayrhofen Ski Resort

Mayrhofen Ratings

Overall: 4.4. Based on 24 votes and 51 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.4

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Mayrhofen is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.4

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mayrhofen has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.4

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Mayrhofen.

Public Transport: 4.6

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Mayrhofen, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.8

(1) No places to stay in/near Mayrhofen, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.3

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.3

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Mayrhofen.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.8

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at Mayrhofen, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Mayrhofen relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.6

(1) There are no snow groomers at Mayrhofen, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Mayrhofen are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mayrhofen is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.7

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Mayrhofen, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.1

(1) Mayrhofen usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.6

(1) The staff at Mayrhofen are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mayrhofen are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.4

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.8

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.7

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Mayrhofen, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 4.5

(1) Not even a kicker at Mayrhofen, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.1

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Mayrhofen, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.9

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Mayrhofen has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.5

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.7

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.8

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.4

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.3

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.2

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 4.6

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.2

(1) Overall, Mayrhofen is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.5

(1) Overall, Mayrhofen is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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February 11, 2010
Angela feb 10 from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What a difference the snow conditions make! 6th visit to Mayrhofen and at New Year the pistes were compacted and icy and a bit tricky to say the least! But, first week of February, after quite a bit of snow and the pistes were fabulous. Had some of the best skiing we've ever had there. Going back again in a couple of weeks and it should be even better after all the snowfall of late. Even the Ahorn run down could be tackled by a couple of timid intermediates... Maybe..!!!
January 28, 2010
simon from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Booked in for the 'Snow Bombing' week again in April at Mayrhofen. Like Glastonbury but without the mud. In fact our hotel, last year had a spa area that made the mud at Glastonbury seem light years away. Basically Mayrhofen is a top Austrian skiing resort with everything for a great week. Great slopes and board park, top bars, girls and cheapish drinks.
January 18, 2010
kev from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
26 of us into Mayerhofen in Jan of 2010 for the first time. We stayed at the Hotel Strass. Excellent position next to the Penken lift, out the door of the hotel and 2 minutes later on the lift (queues allowing). The hotel was very clean, food excellent with extra portions if asked for. All our rooms were clean and spacious. The big downside was the noise of people exiting the bar/nightclub! The noise started at midnight and finished around 4am. No noise from the club just the people leaving! This alone will prevent us from returning to the hotel. Skiing was good at Mayrhofen with slopes well maintained and on-slope prices for food very reasonable.
January 13, 2010
Mark H from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Myself and two friends went to Mayerhofen in Feb 2009 - we had a brilliant week. Loads of runs to take on, including the Harakiri, which is Austria's steepest run. We stayed in the Landhaus Noal, which, for a 2 and a half star, was excellent and close to the Penken and Ahorn lifts. On the Ahorn side you can ski from the highest point down to the village. You will also find the White Lounge up there, a bar cut into the ice, which is fantastic. Nightlife in Mayerhofen is excellent too, with Scotland Yard being the best bar and the Speak Easy club being very lively. Will definitely be back to Mayrhofen soon.
November 24, 2009
cines from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Another new year in Mayrhofen. That will be the 3rd consecutively. May not sound much but I have always skied and partied at new year in a ski resort for many years and tried most, and Mayhofen is top of the list and will remain there. The skiing is great. We ski a few days on the Penken and then take on the glacier if the weather is kind. The run from top to bottom will test even the most fit skier and is a decent of 1700 metres. With Gerlos, Koiniglieton and Kaltenbach (the home of Steffan Eberharter) all on the same lift pass you don't get bored. Go and see the topless girls in the Rumdum (downstairs) on Friday and Saturday, but don't take the wife. Great all round resort, and some of the best value left in the Alps.
November 03, 2009
Philip from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
38th year in Mayrhofen coming up. That's how good it is as an all-round package. There is good skiing over a wide area (the whole valley and a glacier if you want it), friendly people, good food and atmosphere. I've over 20 other results on my skiing CV but this is the best. It's my second home now. But plan your days and avoid peak times, get onto the Penken before the ski schools, do a few runs, and then switch to the Ahorn which has a run down to the village or take the free train and try Kaltenbach, Zell Am Ziller, etc. Don't miss the Happy End, the hub of it all. Don't miss the Ahornhutte. Don't miss skiing of all standards at Mayrhofen. We fly to Innsbruck with EasyJet, take a bus from the airport to the Bahnhof, then take a train to Jenbach where we change to the Zillertalbahn. It doesn't take long and costs around 15 Euros (bus to station, single railfare). Much better than an expensive taxi, providing you travel relatively light. See you there in December, January or March.
April 13, 2009
Andy G from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Returned home yesterday (13th April 09) after another great week in Mayrhofen. In spite of the very warm temperatures over the last couple of weeks the dump of snow the resort has had this year is still holding up really well. The season officially ends over the next couple of weeks but all the runs on the top are still in great condition. Take the 150 Tux lift and get away from the crowds. Watch out for the sunburn though. Failing that just take the bus and hit the glacier, conditions up there are great.
January 18, 2009
enics from Ski Afghanistan Afghanistan
Just returned from 2 weeks skiing in Mayrhofen. Wow, what an international resort Mayrhofen has turned into. I used to be your regular British skier going to Mayrhofen and then had 5 years off. What a transformation. Literally all the lifts are high speed state of the art stuff and the snowboard park is now the best in Europe. Spent the new year evening sledging at Lannersbach. What a night. Then watched the international horse racing in Mayrhofen on new years day. Without doubt with the new connections to Rastkogel and Ahorn 150 cable car lifts, as well as the normal glacier at Hintertux and the rest of the Zillertal stuff, Gerlos, Kaltenback and Fugen, now Mayrhofen is only just behind St Anton as Austria's best resort. Better value by miles too.
December 30, 2008
Alan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from Christmas in Mayrhofen. We stayed in the Gasthof Monika about 50 yards from the Penken lift. Great location, but a bit noisy when the bars close in the middle of the night. Might be worth staying a little further away from the main street. Other than that we had a great time and would recommend Mayrhofen without hesitation. Thanks to Tony for the advice.
December 14, 2008
jimmy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went to Mayrhofen early on the 06/12.08 and it cost £200 B&B for a week at the Pension Steiner. Lovely, cute guest house and the couple that run it couldn't have been any nicer. Wicked snow and great slopes. I am an intermediate snowboarder and loved it. Off-piste was up to my waist and amazing on most runs, red 27 being out of this world for fresh tracks all day long. The night life at Mayrhofen was excellent. New Scotland Yard is a must as well as Mo's and Aproco. If you are a boarder then just go and remember red 27. If you get a lucky dump, you will never forget the super fast floaty powder; it's what dreams are made of.