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“Mayrhofen ski trip” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #32 of 209 attractions in Tirol
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Resort Communities
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
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Owner description: This mountain town is best known for its renowned ski slopes.
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Mayrhofen ski trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My main gripe with Mayrhofen (probably my only gripe actually) is the access to the main ski area is limited to one gondola. The Penken gondola links to town to the pistes up the mountain but there's no other lifts (you have to go to the other satellite villages for that). Similarly, there's no way to ski back down into the town from that side of the mountain. It creates the crazy scenario where you get massive queues in the morning (going up) and in the evening (going down) that can leave you waiting up to 45mins before you can get onto the gondola.

There is a smaller ski area on the other side of the village that does provide a ski trail back down into the town but again this is only serviced by one gondola.

In fairness to the resort, the pistes are all well marked and well groomed (the piste map leaves a lot to be desired though) and there's plenty of scope for all level of skier or boarder to enjoy during your stay. But I won't be returning until they at least find a way to build a trail that gets you back down the mountain.

Incidentally, we stayed in the Obermair hotel, which is an excellent ski hotel on the outskirts of town (a good 15min walk from the Penken gondola) and I would recommend that to anyone who is intent on going.

Visited February 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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124 attraction reviews
Reviews in 86 cities Reviews in 86 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“Great resort, but make sure you do it all.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Here with the buys but a rest resort for all but total beginners. The snow has been fantastic. I have someone about the hotel elsewhere (great), but the secret to this resort is not to stick to the main hill, which is only accessible by cable car. The answer lies in the outlier places, accessible by bus or den train. The transport system works like a Swiss watch and every where is within reach.

There is glacier skiing and today we went to the top of the Konigs leiten area and skied back. Simply wonderful skiing with next to no one on it and, wonderful snow. A place not to be missed. This is my second trip to Austria and will not be my last. The toilet quality alone which is exceptional, is enough to bring anyone back here in preference to France.

Visited January 2013
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Skischool Mayrhofen 3000 - try something else!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

When booking a whole week ski training for my children, I was expecting two things: proper ski supervising and German language reinforcement. The first contact when arriving in the school office was an old lady who was happy only when somebady's name was Anna, the rest of the names were a huge burden for her. She charged more 15 Euro for ski equipment for a 10 Years old boy (150 cm tall), alledging that he would need a larger size. We payed. Than, at the ski rental, the old man incharge omitted to give the helmets. The next day, when we came to ask for the helmets, he said that it was our duty to ask for helmets, not his to offer. Again, he asked for more 15 Euros for a larger helmet for the same 10 years old boy. In the first day of ski we lost more than a half a day with children evaluation, the groups were to big. They put 14 children in the 5 - 7 years old group, the children paid no attention to the instructor, they were playing. I mentioned this aspect to the chief, but he was reluctant to me. The instructor was overwhelmed and admitted this, but had no power to change anything. As for German speaking, no way! They could rather any other language learn (Russian for instance)! As for the lunch, 12 Euros, it was rather poor, only one dish (small) and some juice. In my opinion, the child in the 5 - 7 years old group did not have some progress in skiing. The final contest was a disappointment, but this was the less important aspect.

Visited January 2013
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Almabtrieb (cow festival)!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We made a trip down to Mayrhofen for the express purpose of watching the cows come home! The Almabtried is an annual event and is a celebration of the cows coming out of the mountains for the winter. The entire village (and many others) were out to enjoy this fest. The cows were in beautiful headdresses as they came through with their farmers.

The town is best known as a ski town, but in the fall it's gorgeous. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants to accomodate your needs.

The area itself if gorgeous--in the heart of the Alps, so how could it not be?!! I highly recommend checking out this annual event!

Visited October 2012
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Blairsville, Georgia
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42 attraction reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

My husband, adult son and I have just returned to the States after spending nine nights in the Tyrol area of beautiful Austria. Four nights in Radfled and five nights in Mayrhofen. We were in Mayrhofen to attend the annual Almabtrieb celebration. I had been planning this vacation for our family for almost one year and the actual event and all the extra activities made the wait all worth while. It was better than I had ever imagined. Mayrhofen would be a fabulous destination in any season, but I found Fall to be absolutely perfect. Cool nights and warm sunny days. Anyone thinking of traveling to the Mayrhofen area should contact the tourist information office before their departure as the customer service personnel that works there is undoubtably the BEST source for all kinds of information and they all do their jobs so happily. Thank you Andrea, Sarah and Anne Marie for all your help in answering all my many questions.

The village of Mayrhofen is very easy to walk around with lots of small shops for local products. Many great restaurants, sweets shops, a couple of small grocery stores, post office and pharmacy. And of course all the beautiful flowers everywhere. Everyday we saw many paragliders in the skies all around Mayrhofen.

For which ever season you choose to stay in Mayrhofen, you will be spoiled with all the attractions and natural beauty and friendly locals.

Visited October 2012
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