THE ZILLERGRUND ****SWinter
Overview of ski areas
24 hours in Mayrhofen’s winter wonderland
The day’s action for winter sports fans begins on the Penken mountain:
In the morning you conquer the cult Harakiri piste, Austria’s steepest ski slope, then take on the huge kickers in the freestyle paradise of the Vans Penken Park. In the afternoon aficionados can enjoy cruising down the wide slopes on the Ahorn mountain, then round off an unforgettable day watching the sun go down from the Mayrhofen Cable Car company’s White Lounge, relaxing to chill-out music with a drink. Guests can also spend the night here in the exclusive accommodation of the artistically designed “Igloo Suites”.
Your muscles will be tested to the limit on the Harakiri piste in the morning. With an average gradient of 78%, the steepest in Austria, this piste can only be prepared using winches and special piste equipment, and is a real challenge for all winter sports fans. There are casual shirts and photos in the shop. The Vans Penken Park is also a place for style, with rails, kickers, boxes and other challenges. The park is not just one of the largest, but also one of the best fun parks in Europe, with something for beginners and experts alike. Five different lines offer room for all types of modern freestyle. The Pro Line in particular attracts the elite of the snowboard and freeskier scene from around the world. While freestylers can dream of an Olympic medal in the halfpipe, everyone else can marvel at their creative skills from the comfort of the chill-out area.
White Lounge – a perfect end to a perfect day on the slopes
After lunch winter sports fans can take Austria’s largest gondola lift up to the Ahorn mountain: up to 160 people can be whisked up to an altitude of 2,000 metres in just six-and-a-half minutes, where they can cruise down the wide slopes against the backdrop of the mighty peaks of the upper Zillertal. The White Lounge is open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., a place to relax and enjoy cool drinks, comfortable seating and lounge music. The artistically designed igloos of White Lounge are also the venue for smart parties and exclusive overnight stays, including a sauna area, dinner in the Dining Igloo and breakfast. There is also the possibility of spending the night in a group igloo for four people. Lovers can stay in an exclusive suite for two with a cosy double sleeping bag, with a bottle of champagne chilling on arrival at the Ahorn plateau. The White Lounge is an unforgettable experience for adventurers and romantics alike, the perfect end to a perfect day on skis or snowboard.