Harakiri - the steepest slope experience

100 percent courage for a 78 percent grade

The Harakiri Run on Action Mountain Penken in Mayrhofen is the most demanding slope in the Zillertal. For the first few turns, most skiers are still feeling brave so they try to go fast. But they quickly realize that in order to tackle the legendary Piste 34, they will need to slow down and be a lot more cautious. This is definitely not your average descent. It’s the Harakiri Run – and it demands respect. With a grade of up to 78 percent, it’s for experts only, and for most of them, it’s the highlight of their day, if not of their entire winter holiday.

Are you ready for the Harakiri Run? Still not sure if you can handle it? Then try out Piste 12, the not-so-extreme Devil’s Run, first. The steep part at the end is known among the locals as the “Harakiri Test.” If you can make it down that slope, you are ready to tackle Austria's steepest slope adventure!

Please note: Because of the artificial snow and the steep gradient, you will often have to deal with icy riding conditions. Before you try to tackle the Harakiri Run, check the requirements below.


Harakiri facts

  • The Harakiri Run, Piste 34, is located on Action Mountain Penken, or, more specifically, in the Horbergtal below the 6-person Knorren Chairlift
  • It opened in the 2003–2004 winter season
  • The overall length of the Harakiri is 2 km
  • The actual steep part is about 400 meters long
  • Preparing the slope with artificial snow is very complicated, because the snow tends to slide down the slope
  • Grooming the slope is only possible with a winch and a special snow groomer that has a 430-horsepower engine, a weight of 9 tons, and a pulling force of 4 tons
  • Austrias steepest slope experience


  • Knowledge of the FIS rules of conduct
  • Physical fitness and perfect body control
  • Skiing skills that are above-average
  • Excellent, sophisticated skiing technique
  • Stable body position
  • Concentrate your weight on the outer ski – do not lean towards the slope
  • Carve hard
  • Suitable equipment including skis with sharp edges and a helmet
  • Snowblades, short skis and ski bobs are not suitable for the Harakiri Run!