Guide to Skiing in Mayrhofen

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Just back from a week skiing in Mayrhofen in Austria.

There are 2 mountain regions immediately available on your doorstep; The Ahorn and The Penken.   The Ahorn is primarily a leisure mountain suitable for beginners and early intermediates.  There is also the "White Lounge" at the top.  This is an igloo bar and has rooms that you can stay in too.  Every Tuesday they have an "igloo party" from 8pm to 11pm.  This involves a night cable car ride and a walk to the bar with torches with a DJ playing lively music for the night.

The best of the local skiing is on the Penken mountain.  Although there are blues, the emphasis is on mainly red runs at varying levels; from narrow pistes to steep challenging runs.  If you are a good intermediate to advanced you will cover most of the available runs in 2-3 days as most of the runs are only about 4 miles at most, so quite short.  Red 7 was my favourite in the Horberg area followed closely by 11, 13 and 15 - these 4 are the longest and brilliant fun.  For those of you with a death wish you should look at Black 18 known as Hariakari - this is the steepest slope in Austria; a snow plough needs to be attached to a special crane in order to piste it at night!!  For snow boarders there's Vans Penken Park with lots of different options for tricks and stunts.

When you tire of these you need to get the ski bus to different villages for more challenges.  You can go to Hintertux to the Glacier.  Zillertal arena, Eggalm and Rastkogel are all within 20mins on the ski bus.

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