Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
FreeridingOnce you exit the Penken, there is a short stroll and a drop off down to a learner t-bar or the Penken Express. The red runs on this side are good fun and have a few short tree runs, but can get quite crowded.
From the top of the Penken you’ll find the North slopes into the valley offer the steepest terrain and there’s some good off-piste featuring small rock drops under the Nordhangbahn chairlift
Nearby the new 150 person cable car, the 150er-Tux, whips you up to the Horberg peak. From here you can turn right off the lift and take the Blue 6 piste then drop off the edge into the Horbergtal and go off-piste back to the terrain park. Work out where you are going to cross the river before dropping into the valley!
If you don’t want to join the hordes queuing for the Gondola back down, under good conditions there are ski routes back down to Finkenberg and Mühlbach.
The Burton terrain park is located in the valley and is loaded with some big table-tops and an excellent half-pipe, as well as a separate line for those wanting less air-time
The Pro-area served by Sun-jet lift and features some huge table-tops and a number of huge rails and a massive hip at the bottom. The Public park accessed by the Mittertretlift t-bar. Features 2 kickers each with 2 launches and a separate jib line featuring a number of kinked rails and a wall-ride.
The usually excellent halfpipe sits between the two sides of the park and the Grillhofalm restaurant gives a perfect view of the ensuing madness as well as serving great pizzas. www.burtonparkmayrhofen.com
The grooming team do a fine job making sure all the pistes are perfect for ripping the next day. Most of the slopes are nice and wide although you will find some narrow tracks linking some of the areas, and a few flat bits (top of run 16).
The resort boasts the steepest slope in Austria, the Harakiri (run 18) which has a gradient up to 78%. In reality the middle bit is the steepest, and will only pose major problems when it’s very icy, so make sure you’ve got decent edges, and yes you can buy the t-shirt.
The Longest descent is the 5km run 5 from the bottom of the Ebenwald chair to near the Ahorn cable-car
Pistes served by the Horbergjoch & Wanglspitz chairs in Rastkogel offer great wide beginner slopes, and there’s another good slope next to the Tappenalm lift. The Ahorn area, is rarely busy despite the new cable-car and offers plenty of wide open pistes perfect for beginners, although there are a few t-bar served areas. The 2 Ahornlifte t-bars will be replaced with an 8-person chairlift for the 2007/8 season.READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife