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Harakiri Mayrhofen: A ski piste with an adrenaline kick!

Austria's steepest piste

Experience Austria’s steepest piste

Steep, steeper, Harakiri: with an incline of 78%, the Harakiri in Mayrhofen is the steepest ski piste in Austria. Anyone daring to descend this almost vertical slope needs to have guts as well as a good amount of confidence in their skiing ability. The Harakiri is a challenge for even the most experienced skiers. I face my fears and dare to tackle this renowned Austrian piste.

Harakiri on the ‘to-do list’

159 kilometers of piste await visitors to Mayrhofen’s two skiing mountains. Although I have conquered countless slopes during my many winter holidays in Mayrhofen, the biggest challenge of all still alluded me: Austria’s steepest piste– the Harakiri in Mayrhofen. Although the term Harakiri originally refers to a form of ritual suicide in Japan, it quickly becomes clear why this slope has been given its name. With its incline of 78%, Mayrhofen’s Harakiri is not for the faint-hearted. As mentally and physically prepared as possible, I start off on my big adventure.

Nervous anticipation before descending the Harakiri

Nervous anticipation before descending the Harakiri

Ski jump vs piste

I took the new 3 S Penkenbahn gondola and quickly reach the Penken plateau. I follow the signposts and reach the top of the Harakiri in just a few minutes. Although I have read lots about the piste and prepared myself as much as possible to take it on, I catch my breath at the sight of it. From above, the almost vertical mountainside looks more like a ski jump than a piste. I watch as brave skiers make their descent down Austria’s steepest piste, sometimes skillfully, sometimes shakily. As the run clears, I dare to make my first turn.

Balancing Act Harakiri

Slowly and concentrating hard, I make turn after turn. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if I lost my balance during these first meters. Luckily, my skiing abilities don’t let me down. After just a few minutes – which felt like half an hour- I’ve done it! 1,500m of thrills are behind me. Proudly and reverently, I look back up at the mountain.

Shaky legs after skiing the Harakiri

Shaky legs after skiing the Harakiri

Elation at the “Finish Line”

After it starts to dawn on me what I have just achieved, I eavesdrop on the conversations of the skiers around me. I catch words such as “thrilling, adrenaline and gutsy”. They agree with me.

After taking the obligatory souvenir photo of the steepest piste in Austria, I ski, on still shaky legs, to the nearest hut. I have definitely earned some food and a schnapps!

Tip: The Harakiri Photo Shoot takes place every Friday. You can download your souvenir picture from the online shop of the Mayrhofner Bergbahnen.

Facts about the Harakiri in Mayrhofen:

Experience and courage are needed to conquer the Harakiri

Experience and courage are needed to conquer the Harakiri

• Austria’s steepest piste

• Incline of 78%

• Length: 1,500m

• Width: 60m

Requirements:

• Knowledge of the FIS rules

• Physical fitness

• Perfect body control

• Concentrate your weight on the outer ski – do not lean towards the slope

• Top quality equipment (including well-serviced skis with sharp edges and a helmet)

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Harakiri Mayrhofen: A ski piste with an adrenaline kick!
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Steep, steeper, Harakiri: with an incline of 78%, the Harakiri in Mayrhofen is the steepest ski piste in Austria. Anyone daring to descend this almost vertical slope needs to have guts as well as a good amount of confidence in their skiing ability.
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Elisabeth Kröll
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