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Finkenberg is in fact one of the small satellite villages close to Mayrhofen in the Austrian Tyroll. The village is a good deal smaller than Mayrhofen itself and has its own selection of bars, restaurants and accommodation to cater for all tastes and budgets. It shares the main Penken slopes with its larger neighbour and those guests of the more central hotels will find the linking gondola only a very short walk away. Most of the less central hotels provide courtesy transport to the lift stations.


The ski area is large and has a reasonable snow record. There is very little on the Finkenberg side of the slopes to challenge an expert skier or boarder, although intermediates of all levels will find plenty of variety, although some of the slopes are fairly steep and tricky and are more suited to the advanced and confident intermediate. Although the local ski schools have a very good reputation, the resort is probably not the best place for novices as the nursery slopes are inclined to be completely without sun and the conditions are reported to be poor.

The resort is not ideal for learning the skills of snowboarding, however intermediates will find that the Penken slopes provide some good sport and there is a first class terrain park. There are other nearby resorts that are covered by an area ski pass that includes bus transfers and for those prepared to undertake a fairly short trip, there are plenty of interesting mountain runs to be found.

Mountain Information

The resort shares the Penken slopes of Mayerhofen. The ski area has direct access from the village by way of a two stage gondola and it is often possible to ski back straight from the mountain. The height of the runs range from 630m up to 3250m and there are a total of 233 km of pistes, the majority of which are rated red. While visiting the resort, experts should attempt Austria’s steepest black run — the Harakiri that runs beneath the Knorren chair and has a gradient of 78% — and the other challenging black on the Horberg Karspitz.

The best off piste areas are high up at the Horbergjoch. Intermediates will enjoy the long runs over at Rastkogel and on Eggalm. Fans of cross country skiing will find an excellent 20 km trail at Lannersbach. The mountain has plenty of restaurants and although some are inclined to be very busy during peak times, they are all reportedly of an excellent standard.

Apres Ski

The village is quiet and the après ski scene reflects this. There are a few very pleasant bars that provide live bands and have an excellent atmosphere, but if you are looking for a riotous time you won’t find it in Finkenberg.

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Resort Information • Finkenberg

Resort Height Resort Height 840m
Top Station Top Station 2095m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 840m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1255m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 16
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 10
High Capacity High Capacity 4
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 7
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 8
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 7
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 7
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 8

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