Originally Posted by Snow Garden
Why would accommodation become available closer to the date I plan to go (Feb 28th)?
Thanks for all the advice. We have booked flights, a car and a hotel near Mayrhofen.
What would you recommend in terms of ski equipment rental and ski passes and ski schools?
Any common mistakes to watch out for?
You are looking for 4 - 5 nights accommodation. The owners would prefer to fill their hotel for a full week. If they accept your booking they will have a room empty for two or three nights which they will find it hard to fill, so they will hold out for someone else coming for seven nights instead.
However, if you wait until after the changeover day of the week in question, usually Saturday or Sunday, then any place that hasn't succeeded in getting the full weeks' booking will come available online. So if you wait till that last minute you get more choice. Hopefully at least, as long as resort isn't booked out!
I don't know anything about rental or lessons there, or common mistakes, I usually find skiset booked in advance online are slightly cheaper but maybe youre just better off finding somewhere convenient to your accomodation or the slopes. As someone pointed out, you can't ski down to Mayrhofen so they may have places where you can leave your skis and boots on the mountain and collect them next day when you go back up? I only skied 1 day there having based myself elsewhere in the valley so I don't know.
My recollection is the price difference between the overall valley pass and the pass just for one resort was relatively small so you may be as well off getting the full pass, but only if your arsed making the journey to one of the other resorts (probably around 15 mins from Mayrhofen) to ski there. There is a reasonable amount of skiing in Mayr so that might be enough for you?