In the autumn months Mayrhofen really proves itself as a true year-round holiday destination. The spectacular scenery that draws visitors to the resort 365 days a year is at its most breathtakingly beautiful. The thick, green mountain pine forests, dappled with bright autumnal hues, lie below brilliant snow-capped peaks, and turquoise glacial rivers babble past lush fields of grazing cows. The cool, crisp air of a sunny autumn day carries the comforting smell of log fires burning and there is the ever-present promise of a fun-filled winter around the corner.
A unique combination of sports
When the seasons merge, a unique combination of sporting activities can be enjoyed in the Ziller Valley. Many local huts remain open after summer so that hikers can enjoy peaceful, scenic trails in pleasantly cool temperatures. Some favourite destinations include Zimmereben and Steinerkogel with their fantastic views onto Mayrhofen and the wonderfully traditional Tristenbachalm in the heart of the romantic, wild Floiten valley in Ginzling. Arriving rosy-cheeked and having worked up an appetite in the fresh air, you can be sure of a warm welcome in these cosy huts and a menu of comforting, hot food from soups to local casseroles and freshly baked strudels and cakes. Top tip: Look out for game on the menus which is a local, seasonal speciality and a real taste sensation.
Just you and your bike
Of course cyclists can also take advantage of the cooler temperatures and snow-free trails. The Wiesenhof hut on the Ahorn mountain can be reached by either road or forest trail and remains open throughout the year to serve refreshments on arrival. Hidden behind the Ahorn, the Stillup reservoir is another favourite bike destination and offers incredible views and a wonderful sensation of true escapism. The still waters of the reservoir, the waterfalls flowing down the steep mountains and the virgin snow of the glacier at the end of the valley are abandoned after summer. The huts are closed, the cattle have returned to the valley and you can be sure of absolute peace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings – just you and your bike.
The opening of the World Cup skiing in Austria this weekend and amazing snow conditions on the alpine glaciers has got everyone hungry to get up the mountain and back on their skis or snowboard. In Mayrhofen, we are very lucky to start our ski season earlier than most. The winter season on the Hintertux glacier officially starts in October and getting your ski legs back on an autumn day of fresh powder, bluebird skies and warm sunshine is a must for any keen skier. And, as you put your skis away at the end of an action-packed day on perfectly groomed pistes, you can be happy in the knowledge that your ski season has only just begun – there’s a whole 7 months of snow fun ahead!
Perhaps the best example of the amazing range of sports available at this special time of year is Mayrhofen’s mega event to mark the winter opening of the local ski area – RISE&FALL. In this annual celebration of autumn turning to winter, teams of top athletes take part in a unique relay event of four disciplines – cycling, paragliding, ski-touring and downhill skiing. The event demonstrates Mayrhofen’s dedication to both winter and summer sports and delivers an electric atmosphere as sports fans enjoy the best of alpine sports all in one day.
Naturally, relaxation and indulgence also play a key role in any autumn holiday. Mayrhofen’s ‘Erlebnisbad’ adventure swimming pool offers something for everyone. Relax in the luxurious warmth of the saunas or pamper yourself with a variety of massages or hot stone treatments. Take a gentle swim in the pool, lie back and be swept along by the river rapids, massaged by the bubble jets and unwind in the Jacuzzi. For the young (or young at heart!) two slides and a baby pool provide action and fun for all ages.
Autumn in the holiday resort of Mayrhofen-Hippach is a time for grabbing the last chance to enjoy favourite summer sports and embracing the excitement of the start of the snow season. It is about breathing in deeply the revitalising fresh mountain air, indulging in delicious, hearty, seasonal food and pampering yourself in preparation for an action-packed winter ahead.