A Guide to Mayrhofen, Austria the home of snowbombing

Mayrhofen is a lively and unique town situated in the river valley of Tyrol, Austria. A place abundant in snowy, mountainous areas makes the town an ideal host to the various sporting activities that are available including skiing, paragliding and hiking.

The two main skiing areas surrounding Mayrhofen include the Penken and the Ahorn Mountains which can accommodate skiers are different abilities. This beautiful town can be used for sporting activities all year round.

Transportation is surprisingly accessible with visitors able to reach the majority of places through the use of their own two feet! For those places that are perhaps a bit long or tricky to reach bus and train systems provide a quicker means of transportation.

For the majority of people Mayrhofen is distinguishable through one of the most popular music and sporting events of the year, snowbombing. This event is often filmed by various European channels. Originally taking place in France, the event moved it’s venue to Mayrhofen in 2005.


Snowbombing provides the perfect mix of great music, exciting sports and a vibrant group of people – a combination that is sure to get anyone’s adrenaline pumping! Originating as a purely electronic dance event snowbombing have adapted to the desires of the crowds and introduced live acts.

With various street and fancy dress parties snowbombing events definitely provide the opportunity to express youthful individuality. In previous years many attendants have introduced an element of fancy dress, turning up to gigs and events in quirky outfits and crazy costumes! This is what makes Mayrhofen – home of ‘snowbombing.



The snowbombing Artic Disco




One of the most noted attractions of snowbombing is the dynamic atmosphere provided by the good music, amazing stage sets and lively crowds!

The majority of live music played is indie or rock music. However, many famous DJ’s have also visited the event bringing an electronic or house twist to the music genre. Mayrhofen have hosted various highly recognised artists in previous years including Fat Boy Slim, Chase & Status and Foals. The line-up is released early allowing potential ‘snow bombers’ to view the artists and DJ’s who will be present.

Sporting Opportunities

Skiing is the most popular sport in Mayrhofen and for obvious reasons as it offers some of the best slopes in Europe for both beginners and professionals alike! If first timers are seeking guidance when it comes to the slopes there are numerous fantastic English speaking tutors available.

For intermediates there are wide, long areas where individuals can practice the sport at their own leisure. For those seeking a challenge there is the steepest ski piste in Austria, otherwise known as Hariki.

If a visitor is part of the snowbombing event they are able to benefit from a Zillertal Super Ski pass giving the attendant access to many resorts, lifts and cable cars creating the framework for the perfect skiing holiday.

A popular snowboarding park in Mayrhofen




Mayrhofen is an appealing holiday break for individuals of any age looking for fresh, new sporting activities. If nightlife and music is desired then snowbombing is a vibrant and contemporary combination of activities that will leave anyone wanting more of the dynamic atmosphere!

This week long event will leave any individual wishing they didn’t have to return home! For those looking for the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things Mayrhofen is the ideal location!

Image Credits: Matt Biddulph and Super Rabbit One

Written by Rebecca Hubbard






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