Maurach – Rofan Ski Area

17/10/2018 - SnowTrex

Lake Achen, surrounded by wonderful ski areas in the Rofan- and Karwendel mountains, lies only an hour away by car from Munich. The Rofan ski area is the perfect destination for beginners and families, and the ski region offers Alpine pistes for all experience levels, versatile cross-country tracks and relaxation for both body and mind.

Winter panorama of the Rofan mountains.

1) General information about the Rofan ski area

  • Skiing fun at between 980 and 1,840 metres above sea level
  • 11 km of piste and 6 lifts
  • “AirRofan” sky glider

Quality, not quantity: the Rofan ski area makes skiing a true pleasure. Conditions here are perfect for winter sport, especially for families with children. The ski area is located at an altitude of 980 to 1,840 metres and offers 11 km of perfectly prepared piste. Beginners and young winter sport fans can make their first turns along a 1 km long blue piste. A total of 8 km of piste is marked red, offering suitable challenges for more experienced skiers. Those looking for even more adrenaline in the snow have 2 km of black piste to explore. Six lifts, of which two are chair lifts and one is a gondola, provides comfortable and quick transportation up the mountain. The sunny side of the Rofan mountains offers good opportunities for snowboarders, cross-country skiers, ski touring fans and tobogganing enthusiasts.

Epic view of Lake Achen from the slopes of the Rofan ski area.

But that is far from all that Rofan has to offer. The area around Lake Achen in Tyrol has three more ski areas to explore. Wide carving runs and mogul pistes is what designates the Christlum ski area. The Karwendel lift gives you an impressive view of Lake Achen. The four ski areas around Lake Achen combined offer 53 km of piste for all tastes and all levels of experience.

The ski season in the Rofan ski area starts in the middle of December and ends in the beginning of April. Thanks to snow making machines covering a total area of 5.6 ha, the ski area is snow-reliable. Mother Nature also does her best to create magical winter conditions, and snow depths usually measure between 10 and 80 cm. With an average of 5.5 sun hours during the winter season, the region gets a lot of sun light. In Rofan, you are definitely on the sunnier side of things!

Our team of experts has given the Rofan ski area a three star rating in the top categories “Lifts & cable cars” and “Reliability for snow”.

2) Rofan piste map

3) Skiing in the Rofan ski area

On your skis, get set, go! The sunny pistes in the Rofan mountains are ideal for an introduction to the world of winter sport, especially for younger ski enthusiasts. A children’s area is located at the mountain station of the Rofan gondola, offering a practise space where children can take their first steps in the wonderful world of skiing. The youngest children have a designated children’s area in the valley. Bobo the Penguin is the official mascot of the ski school, and he does his best to help children approach skiing with a smile on their face. A magic carpet lift, obstacles and various parcours also contribute to the playful atmosphere.

Valley run and children’s area in the Rofan ski area.

Ski schools offer helpful advice and challenges for older skiers, making the skiing learning curve as smooth as possible, regardless of if you are new to skiing, or rather aiming for a comeback. For skiers with some experience, the ski area has red pistes, and its 2 km of black piste offers challenges for advanced winter sport enthusiasts. The ski area is also home to the longest slope in the Achensee region – the Rofan valley run, measuring 6 km.

Are you looking for some fun in the snow, but outside the pistes? An entry point into versatile ski touring runs is located right next to the mountain station of the Rofan gondola. Another freeriding- and deep snow area is located at the Seekarspitze peak. Ski touring camps offer great opportunities for beginners to dive into the fun. Rofan does not have a snow park, but freeriders and snowboarders can visit the neighbouring ski area of Christlum where the Christl fun park opened in the 2016/2017 ski season. It has six challenging obstacles to explore. Further, the Christlum ski area has a boarder cross run between Christlum Express and Riederberg.

Cross-country skiers definitely get their money’s worth around Maurach. A total of 31 km of perfectly prepared track, of which 13 km are skating tracks, are waiting to be explored. The area around Lake Achen is a real cross-country paradise. You can look forward to 217 km of track of all difficulty levels, of which 114 are prepared for classic skiing and 103 for skating. Moreover, 46.6 km of track is specially designed sit-ski tracks for disabled skiers, and in Pertisau, there is also a 1.5 km dog trail, for four-legged friends. The multi-faceted network of tracks has been awarded the cross-country trail quality seal of the state of Tyrol.

Double classic cross-country track and skating track at Maurach am Achensee.

Families with children, cross-country skiers and fans of relaxed skiing can expect perfect conditions in the Rofan ski area. Unsurprisingly, our experts have given the area a four star rating for its family-friendliness. Our experts found the cross-country tracks especially impressive, and have given them a full five star rating.

4) Expert Rating

Families with children and nature lovers are two focus groups in the Rofan ski area. Our experts have given the ski area an overall rating of 2.9 stars. Modern lifts and snow-reliability play a decisive role in the rating. The ski area has earned three star ratings in both of these top categories.

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5) Activities outside the slopes

The area around Lake Achen provides plenty of possibilities for fun in the snow – and not only on the slopes and in cross-country tracks. Fans of snow and outdoor activities have some real treats to look forward to. The “AirRofan” sky glider is perhaps the most spectacular and well-known among them. With it, you fly like an eagle along a cable to the valley below. The unique experience covers a distance of 600 metres, 200 height meters and reaches speeds of up to 80 km/h. “AirRofan” can be experienced during both winter and summer. Those not as adrenaline-seeking can watch the activities from a safe distance, on one of the terraces of the surrounding mountain huts, or from the “Adlerhorst” viewing platform at the Gschöllkopf peak, at 2,039 metres above sea level. Other activities offered are paragliding and hang gliding. Snowshoe hiking at the Rofan peak is another popular activity, and there are also opportunities for snow tubing and tobogganing. Toboggan runs are located in the area around Lake Achen. In Christlum, you can enjoy the social atmosphere of the mountain huts, and combine it with nighttime tobogganing along floodlit slopes. Guided winter hikes offer excellent opportunities for nature lovers to explore the beautiful region.

Achenkirch, Pertisau and Wiesing have ice skating rinks, and in Achenkirch, Pertisau and Steinberg, you can try your luck at ice curling. The region also offer plenty of opportunities for trendy sports, such as snow kiting in Achenkirch.

Snowkiting at the shore of Lake Achen.

The ski area has three mountain huts offering well-deserved meals after a couple of active hours on the slopes. “Berggasthof Rohan” overlooks Lake Achen and has Tyrolean specialities, homemade strudels and cookies on the menu. Delicious regional foods are also served at “Almstüberl“, where a beautiful view of the Rofan mountains is included in all meals. If you are looking for that authentic mountain hut feeling, you should definitely pay a visit to “Erfurter Hütte”, where regional and international dishes are served. Restaurants in Maurach focus more on cosiness and culinary experiences than on wild partying, and offer perfect locations to spend a calm evening in good company. Pizza and pasta is served in pizzeria “Venezia”. The “Maximilian” restaurant, on the other hand, serves burgers and steaks, but also a wide range of dishes for all tastes. The “Mich’l Stubn” gourmet restaurant in the “Vier Jahreszeiten” hotel offers pure gastronomical pleasure, and boasts a Michelin Chef Hat rating.

Overall, our group of experts has given a three star rating in the “Mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy” category.

6) Resorts in the ski area

Maurach is located at an altitude of 950 metres above sea level, at the southern shore of Lake Achen – the largest lake in Tyrol – and belongs to the municipality of Eben am Achensee. The combination of an idyllic wintery landscape by the lake and the snow-covered peaks of the Rofan mountain range makes Maurach an excellent destination for nature loving holiday-goers. Exploring the region along snow covered hiking trails or cross-country tracks, taking part in awe-inspiring ski tours in the Tyrolean mountain landscape or speeding down the pistes in the ski area – everything is possible in Maurach. The resort offers a welcoming atmosphere, authenticity and natural experiences, far away from stress and mass-tourism. The resort is popular destination during summer as well. Hiking- and climbing tours, swimming in Lake Achen and a wide range of outdoor activities attract relaxation-seeking visitors from all over Europe to Lake Achen.

Aerial photo of the snow covered Maurach am Achensee.

An attraction definitely worth mentioning is the “Achensee Dampf-Zahnradbahn”, or the Lake Achen steam rack railway, which is Europe’s oldest of its kind. Boat rides over Lake Achen have earned a cult status. The “St. Jospeh”, the first steam roller, went into operation as early as 1887. Further attractions you will not want to miss include the late-gothic pilgrim church of “Notburga” in Maurach, built in the 16th century, and the Achenseer Museumswelt museum.

The first mention of the municipality of Eben am Achensee dates back to the year 1112. Its approx. 3,000 inhabitants live in the main resort of Maurach and the smaller resorts of Bächental, Hinterriß and Pertisau. Tourism has had a significant effect on the municipality, which can boast around 1 million hotel nights per year. The second most important tourism centre in the region is Pertisau, where the starting point for several winter hikes and cross-country tours leading through the Karwendel nature park is located.

7) Getting to the Rofan ski area

All roads lead to Lake Achen and the Rofan ski area. Going by car, take the Inntal A12 autobahn to the Wiesing/Achensee exit, and then the B181 state road to Maurach. On this route, a “vignette” road tax is obligatory. To avoid the road tax, you can take the route over the Achen mountain pass or over Bad Tölz.

Going by train, the easiest route is to get off at the Jenbach railway station, and then continue your journey to Lake Achen with a free local bus or a taxi. Many accommodations offer their guests a shuttle service to/from the railway station. You can also get here via the Tegernsee railway station. From there, either take a taxi or bus nr. 9550.

If you prefer to go by plane, Innsbruck (45 km) is the closest airport, followed by Salzburg (150 km), and Munich (175 km). All three airports offer various transfers options to the ski area.

8) Rofan weather, snow depths and webcams

Do you want to keep up-to-date with current weather conditions in the ski area? Visit SnowTrex for information about weather, current snow depths and webcams.

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