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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December 31, 2011
gerhard from Ski Austria Austria
Sitting in the Sport Hotel watching the 3rd straight day of snow and 40cm in the village. Going to be a great season. New bars this year along with further new lifts and mountain restaurants. Impressive resort........... and that's from an Innsbruck resident and regular St Anton skier.
November 28, 2011
John G from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Why is the Zillertal valley excellent? Forget the crowded Penken lift and go to the one near Hippach. Easy to get up & down and less busy. Then take a 15 minute train ride to Zell am Ziller and do the runs to Krimmel. Awesome. Then try the Kaltenbach area (just a little further by train) and you have another super resort. Why anyone could fault the Zillertal Valley I have no idea? We're going back for the fourth time next year. Oh, and the Zillertaler bier ist auch sehr gut!
March 21, 2011
fatboyslim from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Who's doing the Snowbombing this year? Glastonbury on snow. snowbombing com Don't listen to the ol fuddy duddies, Mayrhofen rocks all year. We just came back from a week at the Stoanerhof. Best park in Europe with outrageous off-piste under the cable car. Top banana. See you in April when the town becomes partyville.
January 22, 2012
gerhard from Ski Austria Austria
Back again in the Sport Hotel. Fantastic conditions this morning with another 50cm of fresh snow up top and 30cm still in the village at 630m. Working this afternoon but just did first lift up this morning and had some brilliant off-piste powder skiing. You could ski everywhere and anywhere and the mountain was quiet. What a season, probably one of the best for 20 years.
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.
February 03, 2008
Martin Johnston from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back form Mayrhofen 2 Feb 08 , first time to Austria, this was a great holiday. The weather was fantastic, once we got used to the bus system and found out where the best skiing was we skied every day and all day covering many miles. Staying in the Strolz Hotel, just on the fringes of the town was not a problem, the bus services stopped 100yrds from the hotel and dropped us off out side the Penkenbahn . The town is fantastic, good night life, busy bars such as Sport bar that is really busy, but a great atmosphere. Mo's bar was another great place to sit and enjoy a great atmosphere with great bar staff. For a smaller bar try the Piccadilly, good beer and a good place to wide down after a long day skiing. I will be returning next year. Never got the time to travel up to Hintertux Glacier. If you are a beginner try the Ahorn mountain; very good easy blues and one good red otherwise if you are a more advanced skier stay on the main ski runs up on the Penkenbahn. Best weeks skiing I have had. Be aware of a long transfer from Salzburg that takes 3 hours. Don't let that put you off. Have a great time in Mayrhofen. Martin and friends.
March 12, 2007
Jon Jones from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from a week in Mayrhofen. The resort was VERY busy, people were being brought in by coach from nearby resorts that didn't have snow. We had to queue for nearly an hour to get on the gondola to the slopes each morning and the same for the trip down in the afternoon! Not sure if this is unusual for Mayrhofen, but it became very frustrating. The runs are reasonably good although they tend to be short and are mainly suited to intermediate skiers. Beginners should try the wide shallow blue runs on the Ahorn. WARNING SCAM ARTISTS AT WORK IN MAYRHOFEN - For some reason the staff in some of the bars seem to be intent on ripping you off! We got short changed numerous times and it was a common occurrence to hear people at the bar complaining they had given the bar staff 20Euros and only got change for 10Euros. Another trick is you order a round of drinks only to find that you get single spirits measures instead of doubles or in my case a glass of coke and no spirits at all. By far the worst bar for this is Nikki’s Schirmbar, avoid it unless you like getting ripped off! It's a shame that these sorts of scams happen. I'm not sure if this is specific to Mayrhofen, but I've certainly never seen it on that scale before. Make sure you check your change and get spirits and mixers in separate glasses.
April 03, 2023
Ranger_dad from Ski Germany Germany
So good for families. I took my kids who are now very competent skiers and it was perfect. Good variety of pistes, great food, lots of parks for kids, air bags. It’s sunny and shady in equal measures. We liked Eggalm a lot, the kids hated the Tux 150 lift and the piste back across if we hit it late and it gets super busy. The kids could ski with me and by themselves due to the easy layout. Did no nightlife as we had a great half board place. They even skied the Harikari a couple of times!
January 27, 2022
Alps is good, company is not from Ski Sweden Sweden
Not bad. But this is because of mother nature and the people (both local and those who comes to work). But company "Mayrhofen Bergbahn AG" in my opinion is greedy, they like only to take money so you couldn't see here: no night skiing no night shows no toboggan piste no attraction like skyswing, fisser flieger or serfauser sauser no fun areas and theme pistes for children no ski kindergarden or kinderland no photopoint for no valley run from main ski area And yes to false advertising when they put on their map Hintertux glacier not included in normal tickets.
December 04, 2007
S Holland from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I have skiied in Mayrhofen a few times with a group of friends and we are looking forward to another trip back at new year. The skiing area is enormous when you consider that there is the whole Zillertal region to explore and not just the Ahorn and the Penken, and runs/routes can be found to suit all abilities. As a tip for groups of skiers looking to avoid the Penkenbahn queues in the morning, we found that by far the best way was to order a minibus taxi to take us to the Eggalmbahn/Horbergbahn, that way you have an empty ski lift and the runs haven't yet been reached by the hordes going up the Penkenbahn! Sure, the buses are free, but you have to be right on time to get them as they don't hang around the stops very long and the taxi option only costs about €2 each (group of 8) and you get picked up right from your door so there's not even any walking to the lift either! Be sure to try the 7km toboggan run at nearby Zell am Ziller. Illuminated at night and with a bar midway to stock up on the Jagermeister for 'Dutch courage', it is a laugh a metre! I must say I've not heard or noticed of any of the scams ([deliberate] errors?) that Mr Jones speaks of in any of the bars we have been to (and that's quite a lot!) Just be sure to know what the drinks cost. More than once I thought I had been short changed but found that the drinks cost more than I had thought! This is easier to resolve with the bartender if you can speak maths in German ("Excuse me, I gave you €20" = "Entschuldigung, Ich habe Ihnen zwanzig Euro gegeben")