The superb ski resort of Mayrhofen in Austria caters to all abilities – providing adrenaline-lovers with their steep slope fix and allowing the less daring members of the family to chill out and enjoy some other attractions. The resort offers eight different snow sports areas, so beginners, experts, freestylers and even snowboarders can explore the fantastic pistes.
Snowy Fun for All
Mayrhofen is widely-known for being the home of the incredible Harakiri piste – the steepest in the whole country. With its other pistes reaching up to 2,500 metres in altitude, this resort is the ideal location for the avid skiers of the family to show the others what they’re made of!
Those who prefer slightly less challenging activities will enjoy the Ahorn section, which features gentler, wider slopes. There is also a fabulous children’s area, so the whole family really can get stuck in to some snowy fun.
Get More out of Your Trip
Why not take a break from skiing during your visit to Mayrhofen and try out some new sports and activities? The special White Lounge igloo bar located in the Ahorn Mountains is definitely worth a visit – admire stunning ice sculptures and enjoy the views from the deckchairs in the warm winter sun.
If you or the kids are sporty types, there is a huge range of extra outdoor activities that are sure to entice you. These include:
- Snow tubing
- Ice skating
- Horse riding
You can also embrace your indoor-sports lover! Why not try these:
Top Tip: To enjoy the enchanting traditional Christmas market, head to Mayrhofen during the advent season, 16th-18th December.
Refuel in a Fabulous Range of Restaurants
Shake off the frost after a busy day in the snow and warm up in one of Mayrhofen’s wonderful restaurants. These are my top picks for the best quality eateries, both at the top of the mountain and in the centre of the resort.
This splendid spot is the definition of mountaintop luxury, offering cultural dishes such as the classic Wiener schnitzel and tarte flambée and boasting a great wine cellar for guests to peruse. Get cosy beside the open fire with the little ones on cold winter nights or enjoy a cool drink on the terrace during sunny afternoons.
For a simple and relaxed dining experience in the mountains, head to the Grillhofalm for a delicious pizza complete with toppings of your choice. The kids will love it! Meet fellow skiers on the sunny terrace and enjoy the lively music.
Kramerwirt is undoubtedly one of the best eateries in the village. The atmosphere is friendly and comfortable, and there is always outstanding service. Dine in any one of the characterful, wood-panelled dining rooms and select your food from the varied menu which offers both international delicacies and local favourites, perfect for even the fussiest eaters.
Where to Stay
Gutshof Zillertal – One of the very best hotels in Mayrhofen, Gutshof Zillertal is the perfect place for families enjoying a skiing holiday. Boasting four stars, it features a beautiful spa area complete with a sauna, as well as indoor and outdoor pools and massages available for booking. There is also an exquisite garden restaurant where guests can indulge in four-course gourmet meals, breakfast buffets and daytime snacks.
Hotel Rose – Conveniently close to both the centre of the resort and the cable cars, Hotel Rose is another great four-star location for the family. Its stunning spa is the main attraction, and includes a Finnish sauna, steam sauna, Kneipp basin, hot tub and a gym and table tennis room for those in the family who simply can’t get enough sport! The spacious lawn is a perfect sunbathing spot and the covered garden terrace is buzzing in the summer when live music is being performed.
Haus Bergfriede – This charming guest house offers private units with everything you need to feel right at home. They all have two balconies and even a handy storage room to keep all your ski gear ready for the next day. Grocery stores are just yards away from the accommodation, so you can enjoy an intimate self-catered experience and make the most of spending quality time with the family.
How to Get There
The best route to take to kick-start your skiing adventure at Mayrhofen resort is a quick, two-hour flight to Salzburg airport from London. With approximately 12 flights leaving the UK every week and 5 airlines travelling to Salzburg direct, your holiday can begin whenever is convenient for you.
For the easiest, most stress-free journey from Salzburg airport to Mayrhofen, I strongly recommend an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct. The distance is about 170km, and your friendly, knowledgeable driver will know exactly where take you. Save yourself any hassle after your flight and escape any long waits at the airport with your family by booking your transfer in advance. This way you can also book a special vehicle to carry your ski equipment should you be bringing your own gear.
- UK to SZG Flight Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
- SZG to Mayrhofen Distance: 170 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
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