Early summer sunshine
Hotel Kramerwirt was the village inn nearly 400 years ago (it's been renovated since then) and it still feels traditionally Tirolean with its wood-lined walls and carvings. The bar area is still popular too and a great place to grab a well-earned drink whilst listening to the occasional live music.
You'll find the best views of the resort and mountains from the rooftop spa. It's the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of skiing or boarding. There are also saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs you can use for a local charge.
You'll find the hotel just off Mayrhofen's main high street. There's a ski bus stop on the doorstep which will take you to the lifts, or it's about a ten-minute walk from the hotel is the ultra-modern high speed Penken gondola. From here you have access to great snow and over 500kms of pistes.
Nearest lift: 500m to the high-speed Penken gondola
Tuition meeting point: 500m (at the top of the gondola)
Resort centre: You're in the centre
Bus stop: Outside the hotel
Mayrhofen has a well-deserved reputation for being a great all-rounder. The slopes are seemingly endless (over 500kms in the area) as is the nightlife, the lift system is quick, the terrain is diverse and there really is something for everyone.
The village is typically Austrian with multi-coloured buildings running along the largely car-free resort centre. You'll soon find a bar that suits your mood. The range goes from full on Jaeger-bombing to laid-back traditional oompah and everything in-between.
Don't miss a visit to the White Lounge ice bar on the Ahorn mountain. Pull up an ice seat at an ice table in the crazily lit bar, or head out to the sea of sun-loungers with your drink and work on removing your goggle tan.
The resort also plays host to some pretty big events. The Altitude Comedy Festival sees top comedy acts (John Bishop, Sean Lock, Marcus Brigstocke etc) fighting it out for laughs on and off the slopes. Snowbombing music festival is held in various venues and hotels in Mayrhofen. It can be quite full-on so we don't really recommended it for families.
Area size: 136km locally and 515km in the Zillertal Area, all covered on a standard lift pass
Linked resorts: Hintertux and Zillertal Arena
Resort altitude: 630m
Skiing altitude: 630m to 2500m (3250m on Hintertux glacier)
Number of runs: 109
Range of runs: 34% green/blue, 50% red and 16% black
Lifts: 18 drags, 17 chairs and 9 gondolas locally
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 20km
Snowmaking: 147 cannons
Resort bus: Yes
The rooftop spa is quite a special place. The views extend out across the resort and up to the towering, snow-capped peaks. The facilities include a steam room, relaxation areas, hot tub and saunas. As you're on holiday, take advantage of the massage and beauty treatments that are available.
There is a local charge to use the wellness facilities and treatments, but you can book and pay for them locally.
The half board here gives you a hot and cold buffet breakfast and the evening meal is four courses with three choices of main and a salad buffet. If you book over Christmas or New Year, the dining areas are full of festive decorations, gala dinners are included and there is live music.
The restaurant has different dining areas so you can choose to eat in the cosy, rustic lounges or in bright, open spaces with large windows. Most tastes are catered for and the family often serves produce from the family farm, fishery and hunting grounds.
The playroom is great for kids. It has plenty of toys, drawing and painting supplies. Older ones can play board games and the restaurant has a children's menu and you can rent high chairs, cribs and baby carriers to save you bringing them with you.
All 65 rooms here are simply decorated with plenty of natural light. Most sleep two but some can take an extra bed and you can request a single room. Each room has Wi-Fi, a TV, mini-safe, hairdryer and an en-suite with bath or shower.
Official rating: ****
Stylish Tirolean bar with regular live music
Relaxing rooftop spa
Departure airports: Manchester & Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Salzburg
Flying time: approx. 2 hours
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 20 minutes