Since 2013/2014 two new high-speed chairlifts Ebenwald and Lämmerbichl, each have heated seats and a cover
The ski resort Mayrhofen is the gate to 133 kilometers skiing terrain and boasts 53 lifts. Definitely enough to even entertain athletic skiers for several days.
The action-packed Penken mountain features an area that is oriented to the needs of skiers and boarders that love to challenge themselves. It has Austria´s steepest trail for experts with pitches of up to 78 degrees. This is really nothing for the faint hearted! Find excellent features that will give you an adrenaline rush and six different areas that challenge every snowboarder and freestyler at Vans Penken terrain park. Hit the main attractions rainbow-box, the multi jib feature ´Bestbox´ and the wall ride. Thanks to the separate chairlift Sun-Jet just above the Pro-area, the terrain park is exceptionally easy accessible. Moreover, you can head towards the race slopes (Unterberg I, Unterberg II and speed run at Gerent) where you can measure your time and compete against other speed lovers.
The Ahorn is sure to serve up smiles with being THE mountain for skiing on the more leisurely side. The wide carving trails are great for families, beginners and skiers who´s first priority is enjoyment. The 5,5 kilometer (3,4 miles) long slope that descends into the valley should still not be underestimated. The Ahorn boasts a race slope as well. Even riding up Austria´s biggest gondola can be a special experience. The 40 square meter (430 square feet) gondola has a capacity for 160 guests to get a ride up to the peak.
The action and enjoyment circuits help to get to know every part of the ski resort: The high-altitude tour stretches from one summit to the next and is connected by black and red trails only. Hit the Harakiri run, show off your skills in Vans Penken terrain park and measure your speed on one of the race slopes during the fun & action circuit. If you are up for a longer tour, go and check out the XXL circuit that covers Penken, Horberg, Rastkogel, Eggalm, Harakiri slope and the breathtaking panorama slope. There´s also one that is perfect for beginners by featuring only blue trails so that you can practice your first curves. The family circuit Ahorn has a race slope for beginners and you can rest in between at the Igloo village White Lounge.
Freeride skiers and snowboarders love the varied off-piste terrain, which includes powder-filled bowls and drops in the area of Wanlspitzes and Unterbergalm. At SAAC camps you are attended by specially instructors and mountain guides who will do everything to give you important background information and helpful insider tips to make your freeride experience a pleasant one.
On Mountain Dining
At the Ahornbahn top station you´ll find mountain hut Freiraum beckoning you in for a break. Relax, recharge and enjoy the view of the Alps with little snacks, cake and coffee. Restaurant Horberg will leave you tempted for a break as well. It is located at the mountain station of Horbergbahn at Penken. Perfect for lunch time! It also welcomes with an apres-ski bar so you can just stay here for after ski hours to celebrate your successful ski day. Or end your day in the Igloo village White Lounge. Look for comfy sun chairs, lounge music and cool drinks right here.
Adrenaline junkies expects a gradient of 78 percent on the Harakiri trail (Austria´s steepest run!) at Penken mountain. That will even make the best skiers think twice. Take home your own action shot from the Harakiri photo shooting every Friday from 1 to 3 pm.
The 5,5 km (3,4 miles) long slope that descends in the valley is really challenging. It also gives you a unique view of the Zillertal.
By taking a day off from the usual winter sports try hiking for a change. The one hour panorama tour at Ahorn is a great sportive alternative to skiing and it´s an ideal trail to get into the world of winter hiking. This tour starts at gondola Ahornbahn top station, you will pass the observation deck along your way, follow in order to get to Iglu village White Lounge. Almost every part of the trail features a view of the Zillertaler Alps and the valley Stilluptal.
For those willing to drive for a thrill head to the natural toboggan runs at mountain hut Gasthof Wienhof. Feel your heart race as you rush down the winding 3 km (1,8 miles) run at Tristenbachalm in Ginzling, it is well lit every night. The area´s longest night tobogganing run is located in Gerlossstein. It can be found at the top off gondola Gerlosssteinbahn and gives you access to 7 kilometers (4,3 miles) of fast-paced fun!
Adventure seekers can find their personal challenge by climbing the countless icy waterfalls in the region. Beginners may attend ice climbing lessons to expand on their abilities. Guided tours are available as well!
The artificial ice rink in Mayrhofen´s center is ideal for ice-skating and curling.
The town of Mayerhofen has a number of bars lining up on the main road: For example the Harakiri Bar Mayerhofen- ´the steepest bar in Zillertal´. It invites for a night cap and dancing until the crack of dawn accompanied by great DJs. Don´t be surprised if you walk right into a motto party. There´s never a shortage of live music at Mo´s Cafe and special events keep the apres-ski scene full of surprises. The Ice bar is an other hot spot for apres-ski fans.
The wine & dine safari is a great possibility for gourmets that want to explore the restaurants of the holiday spot Mayrhofen-Hippach. Restaurant Mountain and Soul in Ramsau are part of this experience. Taste the so-called ´Soulkitchen´ at Hotel Stfanie in Hippach, Hotel Alpenblick and Hotel Sieghard. They all serve the trendy and uncomplicated dishes. Every month you get to visit an other restaurant during the summer months June, July, August and September. Here you socialize with other gourmet-fans while you all enjoy culinary delights and Austria´s top awarded wines.
If you come by train, get out at train station Jenbach. From here, take the train Zillertalbahn or busses to Mayerhofen.
Take the Inntal freeway A 12 and exit at Zillertal. Continue on the main road B169 for about 30 kilometers to Mayrhofen.
Parking is available at the base stations of Ahornbahn or Horbergbahn in Mayrhofen and Schwendau/Hippach. Unfortunately there are no parking options at Penkenbahn.