Fly to Munich, 118 miles (about two hours) from Mayrhofen by car. Rent a car so you can explore Innsbruck. Shuttle transfers to Mayrhofen are available; contact the Tirolean State Travel Agency in Innsbruck (011-43-512-33-626; fax 011-43-512-39-28-54, email: email@example.com.).
SKI AREA STATS
Zillertal Arena, which includes Zell am Zeller (Kreuzjoch), Gerlos and Konigsleiten, has a summit elevation of 6,202 feet; vertical drop is 4,712 feet; skiable terrain is 71 miles; adults ski for $24 per day; a six-day pass costs $120. The interconnected areas of Mayrhofen, Finkenberg and Schwendau have a summit elevation of 6873 feet; vertical drop is 4,740 feet; skiable terrain is 63 miles; adults ski for $25 per day; a six-day pass costs $117. Hintertux has a summit elevation of 10,066 feet; vertical drop is 5,741 feet; skiable terrain is 54 miles; adults ski for $30 per day; a six-day pass costs $140. *If you are skiing four or more days, buy the Zillertal Super Skipass (valid for four to 21 days), which accesses all the lifts in the valley. An adult four-day Super Skipass (with glacier access) costs $102.
In Mayrhofen, the four-star Hotel Kramerwirt is close to all the action (011-43-528-56-700; fax 011-43-528-56-700-502; www.kramerwirt.at). Villa Knauer is a budgeteer's best choice (011-43-528-56-22-84; fax 011-43-528-56-22-84-40; www.tiscover.com/knauer). Families and vacationers who prefer a quieter atmosphere need look no further than the Egger family's Sport-Vital Hotel Theresa. Located in quiet Zell am Ziller, the hotel has a spa, and The Egger sons guide you around the slopes during the day then produce gourmet fare at night. The childcare program includes skiing. Rates run $885-$1,075 per person, per week and include three-quarter board, a ski pass and all weekly programming. Contact: 011-43-528-22-28-60; fax 011-43-528-24-235; www.sporthotel-theresa.co.at.
The Kramerwirt serves elaborate game dishes ($30-$40); At the Wirtshaus Griena, you'll sample traditional fare ($20-$27); The Tiroler Stuben serves inexpensive Tirolian fare ($15-$22).
A day-trip to Innsbruck. (It's one hour by car, a bit more by train or bus.) Prowl Old Town. See how local folk lived at the Museum of Tirolean Folk Art, then contrast it with life in the Imperial Court Palace.
WHEN TO GO
The snow is best in February and March. Slopes are crowded at Christmas and Easter.
Buy a Z ticket and ride the Penkenbahn, then hike along the walker's path to Penkenjoch.
Tourist Board Mayrhofen, Dursterstrasse 225, A-6290 Mayrhofen, Austria; 011-43-52-85-6760; fax 011-43-5282-6760-33; www.mayr-hofen.com; email Mayrhofen@zillertal.tirol.at. To obtain information from Austrian Tourism in New York, call 212-944-6880.