First Day in Mayrhofen!

January 9, 2024  |  Mayrhofen, Austria
The view from out front of our apartment in Mayrhofen, with the Penkenbahn overhead.

The view from out front of our apartment in Mayrhofen, with the Penkenbahn overhead.

Looking out of the Penkenbahn gondola down at the frosty town of Mayrhofen - January.

Looking out of the Penkenbahn gondola down at the frosty town of Mayrhofen - January.

The Penkenbahn gondola rises 1,160 meters (~3,800 feet) above town of Mayrhofen to the Penken section of the greater "Mountopolis...

The Penkenbahn gondola rises 1,160 meters (~3,800 feet) above town of Mayrhofen to the Penken section of the greater "Mountopolis" ski area.

Stoked to finally be in Austria, heading up for our first day of skiing here this season!!!

Stoked to finally be in Austria, heading up for our first day of skiing here this season!!!

After a long day of flights and train rides, we arrived in the town of Mayrhofen, Austria last night and got settled in to the apartment that we're renting for the next three weeks. We slept in until 10:30 in the morning and awoke excited to buy our ski pass and get up onto the slopes! The Penkenbahn gondola is just a 5 minute walk from our apartment and accesses the Penken section of the greater "Mountopolis" ski area of more than two dozen lifts. We had fun cruising around for the afternoon, gawking at the views and exploring around a little bit.

The Alps have been blessed with almost nonstop back-to-back storms and ample snowfall in November and December, with weather forecasters calling it one of the best winters in recent memory. Mayrhofen sits deep in the Zillertal valley and the steep mountainsides surrounding town are caked white from another dump of snow that fell the day before we arrived. The forecast is clear and cold for the next week which will give us some time to explore the four giant Zillertal ski areas around here before hopefully more snow comes along! 🤞