Mayrhofen, Austria.

The Penken park, Ästhetiker stylee. Photo: Alex Roberts. For park rats and bearded powder-hounds, Maryhofen delivers in equal measures.

The Vans Park in Mayrhofen is certainly one of the better parks in Europe. The guys have done a great job cramming a bunch of features into a relatively small area, and you should see what gets built for the Ästhetikers’ Wängl Tängl!

While sitting on their high-speed 6-man chairlift (directly above the park) you can check the moves and style from the pros shredding the variety of kickers, rails, boxes, corner or wallride and you’ll find yourself getting in more laps than most other Euro parks to take your freesteezin’ to the next level.


Tonton Holland, backside 7 nose. Photo: Alex Roberts.

Mayrhofen and its interlinked resorts covers a huge area and there’s heaps of good terrain to explore, from mellow tree runs to hardcore big mountain gnarl. You can even watch overzealous punters fall their way down Austria’s steepest slope – Harikari – opposite the park.


OK, strictly speaking this is in the Zillertal, not precisely Mayrhofen, but do you think Steve Gruber cares? Photo: Scalp.

When you figure in the Hintertux glacier 30 minutes up the road – and the easy access to the numerous other Zillertal spots – you’ve got something for everyone in every condition at pretty much any time of the year. We’re sure anyone who wants to improve his skills, from beginner to pro, will be in the right place.


Hintertux lodge by night. Photo: Alex Roberts.

The same high level of fun awaits in the bars and clubs of Mayrhofen. Afterski is almost a religion in Austria, and as night draws in you have more than a couple of places to let your hair down, like Scotland Yard, Mo’s, Apropos and the Schlüsselalm. Just remember to bring your asprin.


Ville Uotilla. Photo: Alex Roberts.

The Facts.
- Resort altitude: 630m
- Highest lift: 2,500m
- Number of lifts: 48
- Kilometers of runs: 157
- Resort Opening: 08.30 to 16.30
- Snowboard shops: Check out The Seeker snowboard shop – Scheulingstrasse 390b (on the same road as Scotland Yard, just off the main drag); Fenky is a rad dude who can sort you out with anything you’d ever need.
- Lift pass prices for an adult per day/week: 36 / 197.50 euros.

See the map of Mayrhofen’s ski area bigger.

Check out a map of Mayrhofen.

- How to get there:
Road – Take the exit marked ‘Zillertal’ off the A12 a few km from Innsbruck. Follow the road all the way up the valley with signs to Mayrhofen. Watch your speed; they love on-the-spot fines here.
Rail – From the directions of Innsbruck or Munich, change at Jenbach and take the little steam train up the valley to resort.
Air – Nearest airport is Innsbruck, though Munich is generally easier to get a cheap flight to. Transfer from Munich is around 2hrs.

Click for the official Mayrhofen website for more.

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