Those of you, who follow us on Instagram know that we love Mayrhofen. It’s one of our favorite places in the Alps. We wish we could live there for a while and experience the place as locals.
Located at the end of Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen is capital of winter sports lovers. It’s a great ski resort with plenty of good slopes, off- piste and powder, offering something for everyone. It’s filled with attractions like Austria’s steepest black run Harakiri and the best snowpark in Europe – Vans Penken Snowpark.
We came to Mayerhofen for the weekend in February. The weather changed every day and the clouds moved up and down, giving us the two different kinds of views on Zillertal and Tuxertal valleys. One day the clouds were above us, the other we were above the clouds.
Can you forget how to ski?
On the first day, we rented the ski equipment to see if we remember how to ski. We’re snowboarding a lot, but we haven’t been skiing in years, so it felt like a good thing to challenge ourselves.
Both of us, learned to ski when we were kids and we’ve skied for about 10 years before we changed to snowboards. At that time ( ca 2002/2003) , snowboarding was very popular and hip. Everyone wanted to snowboard. For me, the snowboard boots were good enough excuse to convert from ski to snowboard.
We read somehwere that skiing it’s like riding a bike and once you learn you never forget it. We quickly learned that’s true. It took us two runs before we felt confident again, but we remembered how to do turns almost straight away! We enjoyed to ski again, it was so fun to face the slopes straight forward.
In the end, we followed our own speed and managed through the day without breaking anything.
Mayrhofen has the best views
On our second day, we wanted to get the most out of our time in Mayrhofen . It was snowing the night before and we were ready to hit off piste and shred some powder.
Quick ride with Penkenbahn followed by Tux 150er, and we landed in our favourite spot in the area- Rastkogel (2726). The terrain there is perfect for intermediate powder skills. Low- stress, no too steep, wide open and no trees.
We were lucky as it doesn’t happen often to have the sun, bluebird and fresh snow. The clouds moved below and the view was very different from the day before. From the slopes of Rastkogel we’re overlooking Zillertal and Tuxertal valleys. It’s the view that make this place so special to us. We love to ride downhill, looking at the valley from above.
Thanks for the epic weekend and till next time Mayrhofen!
PS. The travel guide with pratical information about the region and ski areas will be live soon