A new "Burton Park" for snowboarders and freestyle skiers is now sponsored by the Company. One of the attractions of this area is it has the steepest piste in Austria - 78 per cent gradient! - so only good skiers should attempt it. There is also a piste named "Devil's Run" which makeds for an interesting descent.
The ski area of Zillertal 3000 boasts a total of 157km of pistes served by 49 lifts. New for the 2004-05 winter season which should certainly be welcomed by skiers seeking slopes less challenging and quieter is the Ahorn area which offers spectacular views of the Ziller Valley. The new Horberg Shuttle will provide an easier journey to the top and especially benefits guests from Hippach, Schwendau and Ramsau. The resort of Mayrhofen is a typical tyrolean village with chalet-style buildings, small warm pensions but with some up-market hotels. It is the third largest village in the Tirol with exquisitely carved timber houses, yet at the same time identifying itself with a lively modern ski centre with considerable investments to continue to improve facilities.
The Mayrhofen skiing region with its Ahorn and Penken ski slopes is a holiday destination of the superlative. Demanding, varied, diverse and entertaining: Mayrhofen provides perfect winter enjoyment for like-minded people. Unspoilt nature, the excellent infrastructure and great variety have made the Mayrhofen skiing region the best skiing area in the Alps. Many awards including overall winner in the International Ski Resort Test 04/05 have fallen to the Mayrhofen Cable Car Company in the past few years. Here, in the middle of the Zillertal Alps, there's a suitable area for every for every type of skier.
With the Mayrhofen Ski Pass winter freaks have 157km of pistes of every degree of difficulty, 49 lifts and guaranteed snow up to 2,500m at their disposal. Apropos snow guarantee: The entire Ahorn area can now be covered with artificial snow. Snow enthusiasts can expect perfectly prepared valley descents right into spring, including gliding down the 5.5km valley descent directly into the centre of Mayrhofen. A descent on the Harakiri, Austria's steepest ski slope, is not for the weak-kneed. Because with a gradient of 78%, the Harakiri steep slope requires guts and stamina. Boarders and freeskiers can demonstrate their form in Burton Park Mayrhofen the best funpark in the Alps. This year's rising star is without doubt the new Ahorn cable car.
The largest shuttle cable car in Austria carries up to 1,200 people per hour. Each gondola accommodates 160 people. Austria's biggest cable railway travels directly from Mayrhofen to the panoramic Ahorn plateau in just six-and-a-half-minutes.
Best of Mayrhofen: The five top ski circuits around Mayrhofen The Mayrhofen skiing region offers all snow lovers a unique sports and nature experience: Whether it's sunny and treeless summit slopes, wide carver areas, steep north-facing runs or powdery deep snow areas with cornices, mogul slopes and powder runs, Mayrhofen will impress skiing freaks and freeskiers, as well as those looking for quiet enjoyment, who prefer the gentle learner and fun slopes. With a total of five recommended circuits in the greater Zillertal skiing region, ski fans of all abilities can get into full swing.
On the Ahorn circuit, beginners, families and cruisers comfortably get their momentum. The Penken circuit offers the very best for newcomers. More challenging is the Zillertal 3000 circuit with its mainly red pistes; or the fun & action circuit with three permanent race tracks, the steepest ski run in Austria (Harakiri), Burton Park Mayrhofen and the new speed route with speed indicators. Adventurous and fit skiers will get their expectations more than met on the "Hhenmeterfresser" circuit with its demanding red and black runs.
This ski route is an absolute highlight, not just because of the 13,000m difference in altitude that can be accomplished in one day. Registered "Hhenfresser" receive a souvenir certificate. All five recommended circuits are described in detail in a separate circuit leaflet. Additionally, once again this year, selected "info scouts" will be on hand on all ski slopes with information and advice. The special thing about the friendly helpers on skies: They are not employed by the Mayrhofen Cable Car Co., but are locals and guests, who love the skiing area and know it like the back of their hands. Aprs-ski and magical huts with international flair The term "superior" applies in Mayrhofen and Hippach not only to the top pistes and continuous modernisation of the lifts, but also to the choice of huts and the legendary Zillertal aprs-ski. And that's in the centre of the Zillertal - an absolute "must" as a party destination in Austria; a colourful mix of the very best.
From the mountains to the valley, holidays here are characterised by the legendary Zillertal hospitality, Gemtlichkeit and friendliness. So that the mountain refreshment stop becomes an unforgettable experience, there are 28 huts and snow bars in the Mayrhofen ski fields many of which are a real treat. From "everything organic" in Josef's Biohtte, prawns or salmon steak in the Schneekarhtte to pizza and pasta at the Grillhofalm: everything is also available at 2,000m.
Down in the valley Niki's Schirmbar, the Yeti Bar, the Hiatamadl, the legendary Ice-Bar, or the Happy End from ex-world cup skier Ulli Spie provide for an enjoyable "thaw". And after this, the fun continues in the aprs-ski mile between Mayrhofen and Hippach. DJs, turntables and an international crowd ensure a pulsating nightlife! People from all over Europe boogie in the many bars, pubs and discos. The Irish pub Scotland Yard and the Apropos are popular meeting places for snowboarders and locals like Tom "Beckna" Eberharter and Wolfgang "Wolle" Nyvelt. The Cohibar attracts people with its Caribbean flair and, under the motto Tobacco & More, brings a Cuban atmosphere to Mayrhofen. Coming by car: the quickest way to reach Mayrhofen is by the Inntal motorway A12, exit Zillertal. Coming by train : take a train to Jenbach, change, then further with the Zillertalbahn train or bus. Innsbruck airport is 70 km and Munich airport 190 km away. Email resort: firstname.lastname@example.org Resorts website: www.mayrhofner-bergbahnen.com Tour operator: email@example.com *All images of mayrhofen provided by www.livingroom.tirol.at