Local facilities 4
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 4
Lift system 4
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 4
Got back from Mayrhofen in Feb last year....got to be said this is a pretty special place to ski.
Its a really easy train ride from Innsbruck Airport (40 mins) and you get dropped off right in the middle of town. Our accommodation was in one of the chalets to the south of the town (6-7 mins walk from the main lift) and was pretty authentic from the decor inside to the wood cabin rooms and traditional Austrian breakfasts. All very comfortable and with a lovely Austrian host. It was perhaps a little on the basic side but was overall good value for money.
The town is right at the bottom of a valley and you have to get a lift up to the slopes. The main lift is right in the middle of town and if you are not a great fan of heights, the main cable car from the town up to the ski resort will be interesting for you!! Basically, it heads straight up for about a mile and a half over a ravine and onto the 'bottom' of the ski slopes where you can then take further lifts to head up to the slopes. If you find this journey really tough each day (its not too bad), there is another lift to the west side of the town that takes you up the mountain using a more 'sedate' route.
The skiing really makes the resort....lots of beginner, intermediate and advanced options and not too busy meaning often you feel like you have the place to yourself.
The town is ok, not too big or small with lots of good bars/authentic restaurants and shops. Bit of nightlife for those who want it. You have to have a massive schnitzel and weissbier whilst there. Heaven. Good overall value for money and a great place to go if you want an authentic Austrian skiing experience.