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Why I love Mayrhofen, my hometown.

Viktoria recently joined us as an intern in the Product department. She grew up in the ski resort of Mayrhofen and started snowboarding when she was nine years old. In the winter she is up on the mountain nearly every day.

Mayrhofen is a really nice village with shops, bars and good restaurants. I really love living here because it’s very lively in the winter, yet nice and relaxing in the summer.  I regularly board in the Tirol and go to Zell am Zeller, Kaltenbach, Kuhtai and Axamer Lizum, but Mayrhofen is still my favourite place.

Looking out over the Mayrhofen ski area (Image courtesy of Danny North)

Ski area

The ski area in Mayrhofen itself includes Horberg, Penken and Ahorn. These three areas together have about 157 km of piste, which includes some easy slopes for beginners and some challenging for advanced skiers and snowboarders. My favourite run is the Schafskopf, which is full of fun moguls.  For those of you who are searching for an adrenaline kick, there are enough secret off piste spots with cliffs and deep powder. One of my favourite spots is the Wanglspitz on the Penken but it’s only for really good skiers or snowboarders, and can have avalanche warnings from time to time. Another nice powder spot is off piste next to the “Babytour” which is where most of the ski schools are. It’s really safe but you shouldn’t go if you are a beginner because the powder can be deep and really hard to get out.

The top of the Schneekar lift

Eating out

If you are hungry on the mountain you can get some really good food in the “Eisberghut” next to the Horbergbahn station. The Grillhofalm next to the snow park on the Penken is also great, and has some great grilled food. If you like something special you should definitely go to the “Schneekarhut” on the top of the Schafkopf on Horberg. The food is some of the best in the area and the view is amazing. They built new rooms last year and a beautiful spa area so it’s nice to stay there overnight too.

In town, there are loads of good restaurants. One of my favourites is the “Steakhouse Cafe Tirol.” It’s in the centre of Mayrhofen and they have the best steaks in town. If you are more into pizza, the Mamma Mia is always a good option. I’d recommend the Tonno or Verde. If you would like to try some traditional Tyrolian food you should have a look at the Menu of the “Griena” –  they have everything from Kaiserschmarrn to Kaesespaetzle. Delicious!

Snowbombing festival in full swing (Image courtesy of Andrew Whitton)


What could be better after a day on the mountain than to enjoy the evening with a nice cocktail or drink? I love the “Harakiri bar.”  It’s 2 years old and it’s pretty cool because it’s on the first floor, on the high street, and has a big glass front where you can watch all the people in the streets of Mayrhofen.

I would say it’s probably the favourite bar for young people in Mayrhofen.

One of my favourite pubs is the “Scotland yard pub” – it’s really nice to chill out and enjoy a nice beer or gluhwein. I would say it’s probably the favourite bar for young people in Mayrhofen. The staff are lovely, the drinks are good (lots of shots) and they probably make the best toast in the whole village if you need some ’emergency’ food.

A good place for nice cocktails is the “mo’s” in the centre of Mayrhofen. They make classic cocktails, like Mojitos and Pina Coladas. It’s a cool place with nice people and live music.

If you fancy clubbing, then the “Arena night club” is the place to be, they always book the best DJs. Recently they’ve had acts like A-skills, The Cuban Brothers, Krafty Kuts, Jack Beats and many more. Another good club is the “Brucken Stadl” where you can go for après Ski after the mountain and clubbing at night.

One of the highlights of every year is the Snowbombing festival which takes place in April in Mayrhofen. It’s one of the biggest snow festivals in Europe and the town is full of Snowbombers for the week. Previous acts include The Prodigy, Pendulum, Fatboy Slim, 2manydj’s, Dizzee Rascal, Netsky, Carl Cox, Kasabian and many more. It’s a week full of music, parties and fun, in the valley and on the mountain.

Fancy dress and good times are always had in Mayrhofen (Image courtesy of Richard Johnson)

Other activities

Of course there are more activities you can do in Mayrhofen if you are not keen on skiing or snowboarding (or drinking). You can book a romantic ride on a horse-drawn carriage through the snowy forest and the village of Mayrhofen. You can also drive 25 minutes to Tux and there is a great sledging run there. There’s also a nice ice rink in the centre of town. Next to the rink is a really great swimming pool and sauna, which is perfect for relaxing after a long day. For the more adventurous, you can book some guided ice climbing tours in Hippach.

As well as the amazing ski area and après scene, the town itself has lots going on and the surrounding area is full of activities and beauty. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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