Review of Mayrhofen

5th February 2016 by Jon Widdows 

Our party of 11 intermediate skiers stayed in the Hotel Strolz (Crystal Ski) in the last week of January. The Hotel was a bit of a stroll (no pun intended!) from the lift in your ski gear but there was a convenient ski bus stop 100 metres away. Can’t really fault the hotel, food was good as were the facilities. Hans the Manger was very helpful. The Penken gondola was never that busy for us so we got up the mountain pretty quickly. We generally skied on red slopes that were in the sun (Horberg, Rastkogel, Eggalm) when it was out which was most of the time actually! A few of us tackled Harakiri - advice would be do it mid-morning before subsequent skier’s skid all off the snow off. We all got down it in one piece and thereafter none of the other black runs seemed too challenging. Had two away days, one to the glacier at Hintertux and the other to Zell am Ziller, both on the Superski pass. Hintertux took about 35 minutes to get to on the free Greenline bus but then at least another 30 minutes to get to the top in 3 gondolas. It was worth it though, great fast skiing on wide pistes and the views were spectacular. I would recommend skiing all the way down if you can, a great way to end the day. Zell am Ziller cost 4.5 euros in a taxi to get to and was only 10 minutes away. We got there early and it was quiet. We skied to Gerlos to meet another member of our group for lunch. The skiing from the top of Ubergangsjoch to Gerlos wasn’t the greatest and in hindsight we should have stayed on the Zell side of the mountain for a lot longer. Apres generally kicked off on the Penken mountain but you needed to grab a spot by 3pm. We mostly skied a bit longer and started apres down the mountain spending most time in the Harakiri bar or Bruck n Stadl. Visited plenty of other bars over the week the only downside being a lot were very smoky. Overall we were all impressed with Mayrhofen, it wasn’t as rowdy as we expected and given the unseasonably warm weather the pistes were all in good condition.

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