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Skiing is the main focus of the majority of holidays in Mayrhofen. With its snow reliability and amount of runs you can understand why. A very efficient bus and tram system makes it easy to get around the slopes. Cross-country skiing is great fun and if you’re after some night-time excitement, look out for the three floodlit routes. If you fancy a day off the mountains, there are plenty of ways to spend your time; enjoy some peace and quiet on a walk, take a tour to the breathtaking ice cave or sit back and admire the views on a sleigh ride.

A staggering 671km awaits skiers and boarders in the well-connected Zilllertal ski area, which includes the glorious Hintertux glacier. The Ahorn and Penken mountains are where the best runs are at, with Ahorn offering easy to intermediate pistes and a lengthy red run that is especially enjoyable. Penken claims Austria’s steepest, most challenging piste – Harakiri - with a 78-degree gradient along with a great variety of ski runs for all levels. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers aren’t short of things to do in Mayrhofen, they can hone their skills in the Vans Penken Park, Europe’s second largest terrain park.

One of the best places to visit in Mayrhofen is the Ice Palace grotto. Tours operate daily to this incredible natural attraction inside the Hintertux Glacier. Stand on the viewing platform to see these ice formations in all their glory. If there’s one thing everyone should do it’s tobogganing. Whether you do it in the day or at night, it’s a total rush. Mountain guides can take you to discover unspoilt snow, or head to the highest peaks on a snowshoe trek. Escape the cold and relax in the whirlpool or have fun with the kids in the crazy river at the leisure centre.

A trip wouldn’t be complete without trying graukass, a soup made with local cheese, washed down with fruity schnapps. Start your evening with a cocktail at the White Lounge; the stunning igloo bar nestled on the Ahorn mountainside. Join the late-night party crowd at Ice Bar in Hotel Strass or listen to Austrian bands in Brucke’n Stadl. Copy the locals and stop for a bite in the award-winning butchers, Gasser; the burgers and sandwiches are divine. If you want to know where to go in Mayrhofen for traditional Tyrolean dumplings, it has to be Wirsthaus zum Griena, which oozes rustic charm.

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