The large resort of Mayrhofen has high, snow-sure slopes and a rocking après-ski scene, as well as excellent amenities for children...
Mayrhofen is very low in ski resort terms - it is just 633m above sea level. However, the resort sits in the flat-bottomed, steep-sided Zillertal valley, and offers access to some impressive peaks.
In fact, the area is better than most Tirolean resorts for snow because of the high altitude of the slopes, most of which are above 1,500m.
The ski area that most people flock to is Penken-Horberg, which is accessed by the main gondola and linked with the Rastkogel slopes above Vorderlanersbach. But your lift pass will also allow you to visit nearby areas such as the excellent glacier at Hintertux.
Resort height: 633m
Wherever you go, you will find that most of Mayrhofen's slopes are on the steep side of the usual intermediate range, making them a great playground for confident intermediates.
Expert skiers and snowboarders visiting Mayrhofen can also do Austria's steepest piste, Harakiri, and explore the area's decent off-piste slopes, as well as Penken's excellent terrain park.
It has jumps and obstacles suitable for everyone from a small child to a pro rider. However, there are few really gentle blue runs, while real beginners may find the ride up the mountain to the nursery slopes a drag - especially as it can cause long queues and means all skiers need the full lift pass.
Beginner snowboarders may also struggle due to the steep terrain, the high number of draglifts and the fact that slopes can often be crowded - particularly during school holidays.
And the fact that there are no pistes back down into resort is certainly less than ideal.
Mayrhofen is easily accessible from Munich, Saltzburg and Innsbruck airports, the closest of which is Innsbruck at just 65km away...
There's also a good train service to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich.
Confident intermediate level skiers will love holidays in Mayrhofen, while snowboarders will enjoy playing in the terrain park...
The ski area is less well suited to beginners, though, whether they are on skis or snowboards.
With its friendly, unpretentious atmosphere and relatively low prices, Mayrhofen is a great all-round resort...
It's not hard to find the party area in Mayrhofen. Most of the resort's shops, bars and restaurants are on one long street. For the best après-ski, head to the Umbrella bar at the top of the Penken gondola, the Ice Bar at the hotel Strass, or Brück'n Stadl at the Gasthof Brücke. For nighttime fun, meanwhile, try the Speak Easy Arena, which has live music and dancing until 4am. And when hunger strikes, look out for Mo's American theme bar and slope-side restaurant, the Schneekar. Some of the best parties take place when the Snowbombing dance music festival comes to town each April.
The swimming pool complex in Mayrhofen has saunas, a steam room and solarium, while non-skiers can also take a day trip to Innsbruck, just 65km away. The town's many cafes are also a great place to watch the world go by, while the gondola makes it easy for them to join their skiing friends up the mountain at lunchtime.
Holidays in Mayrhofen are not over-priced, partly because it is more of a town than a proper ski resort. That's probably one reason it attracts younger groups looking for a good time, as well as lots of families.
The architecture in Mayrhofen is traditional, giving it a charming, Alpine village feel - despite its size. From the top of the two steep-sided mountains on either side of Mayrhofen, you also get some lovely views across to the Hintertux glacier. You'll be lucky to get snow in the resort though, due to the low level of the town.