Short Break Weekender - Mayrhofen, Austria

Set in the valley of Zillertal in Tirrol, Austria, is the scenic town of Mayrhofen;  a top destination for the ski season, and a delight during the summer months, thanks to an abundance of flora and fauna.

Headline attraction

The slopes. Mayrhofen is the home of one of Europe's largest snowboard parks, called Vans Penken, while there's 157km of prise to enjoy. There are two lift stations to take you up the mountains - the Ahorn and the Penken. Ahorn is ideal for beginners with a wide and lengthy but not-too-steep slope to learn on. There's also a mammoth 5km black run with some extremely steep sections - for experts only! Up the Penken lift you'll find lengthy black and red runs, while there are a couple of blue runs and beginner slopes too.

Best of the rest

Summertime in Mayrhofen is a nature lover's dream, it's an area that's great for walking and cycling. There are luscious green mountain tops and forests waiting to be explored packed with wildlife, flora and fauna. Hikers should check out the Zillertal National park which covers 379sq km. Mayrhofen also offers paragliding all year round for those seeking a bit more of an adventure.

Chow down

Austrian food is deliciously hearty and there's no shortage of places to chow down. For a truly authentic experience, head to Perauer (Ahornstrasse 854) where the waitresses are dressed in traditional costume and the food is superb - think Wiener schnitzels, pork knuckle and vension. Cafe Tirrol (Hauptstrasse 448) serve up a mean breakfast, while Meister-Metzger (also on Hauptsrasse) is a meat lover's paradise, where schnitzel and sausage sandwiches make for too tasty takeaway that's super cheap.

Try the local tipple

Make sure you warm up with a jaeger tea, a potent bevvie concocted out of schnapps and rum.

Out on the town

There are a stack of bars and clubs to party the night away in. Mo's Bar and Diner and Schlussel are a couple of good hotspots. If you want to take your apres skiing to another level, time your visit to Mayrhofen during the town's annual Snowbombing festival, which takes place in early spring. Some superb Djs and bands descend on the town for the massive party.