Mayrhofen ski resort
Mayrhofen is a comprehensive ski town in the Tyrolean mountains and its acclaimed terrain parks attract both skiers and snowboarders.
Divided into two areas - Mount Penken for fun and thrills, and Mount Ahorn for families and pleasure seekers - the resort ticks more boxes than most.
Mount Penken is home to the Penken Park, one of the best snowparks in Europe. The park has six areas for varying skill levels, while the experts will head straight to the celebrated Harakiri, Austria's steepest slope adventure with a gradient of 78%.
Mount Ahorn, on the other hand, has wide pistes that are ideal for beginners. It also caters to non-skiers - you can snowshoe or hike on the Panarama Trail or to the Filzenkogel. For some family fun, don't miss the Pistenbock toboggans.
Mayrhofen is located in the Tyrol's Ziller Valley, in the northwest of Austria.
MayrhofenResort Elevation: 630m
Top Elevation: 2500m
Base Elevation: 630m
Zillertaler SuperskipassResort Elevation: 630m
Top Elevation: 3250m
Base Elevation: 580m
On the slopes
Mayrhofen's ski area stretches to two extremes. On the one hand, the resort is one of the lowest in the Alps, but investment in some excellent high-speed, high-capacity chairlifts means skiers can ascend to a more promising 2,370m (7,776ft) between late November and mid-April.
Skiers can also ski on the Tux glacier, one of the most snowsure ski areas in the world (and one of two remaining sites that endeavours to open every day of the year). A short bus link needs to be made to travel to and from the glacier.
To make the most of this connection, skiers must opt for the full Zillertaler Superskipass (minimum duration two days), which is valid at ski areas in the increasingly lift-linked Ziller Valley. That means 180 lifts servicing more than 500km (300 miles) of trails.
If all that sounds a little daunting, it’s possible to just ski or board on the local Ahorn and Penken mountains. These peaks possess a wide range of skiing, from gentle, wide, family trails up to 5.5km (3.5 miles) in length, to the steepest slope adventure in Austria, the Harakiri, which has an average incline of 78%. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers, meanwhile, have the excellent Penken Park to explore - Penken Park is made of pro area, advanced area, advanced jib area, medium area, medium jib area, fun area, beginner area and Penken fun ride.