In spring 2014 the active mountain guides in the Pitztal valley have united to form an Association of Mountain Guides. This association strives at offering an interesting programme. The mountain guide office in Mandarfen, at the foot of Wildspitze summit, is a central contact point for alpine information.
We happily accompany you into the Pitztal mountains, where we can introduce you to unique experiences from hiking to high-alpine summit tours.
Globetrotter. Freerider. Father.
Raphael originates from a long-established family of mountain guides. Therefore it was clear for Raphael which way of life he will choose. In 2009 he graduated as a mountain and ski guide and became also a certified canyoning guide. From now on he began to discover the world. First, he worked as a ski guide at the famous Arlberg, then as a heliski-guide in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He also guided clients to the Kilimanjaro in Eastern Africa and to many summits in the Western Alps. His passion is freeride skiing. For more than ten years he organises together with his cousin Philipp the spectacular freeride contest “Pitztal Wild Face”, which is a 2** Qualifier Event of the Freeride World Tour. When he is not in the mountains or making plans for new projects, he’s paying all his attention to his wife and his two sons.
Climbing Genius. Trainer. Guide.
Benedikt loves the mountains. And he prefers to do it vertically. He is known as a passionate and excellent rock climber who already climbed walls worldwide. As Benedikt grew up at 1,600 m above sea level almost at the end of the Pitztal valley it is not surprising that he masters all types of alpine sports in rock, ice and snow. Today he shares his alpine knowledge as a trainer of ski and mountain guide trainees and junior ski instructors.
Ice champrion. East Tyrolean. Movie expert.
Alfi loves the ice. Luckily, the love took him from East Tirol to the Pitztal valley which is known for the countless frozen waterfalls in winter. A perfect playground for a guy who took part in the ice climbing world cup in the past and later shared his knowlegde with mountain guide trainees. To this day Alfi is still loving the ice. He is the mastermind behind the “Taschach Canyon” which is now one of the most popular ice climbing parks in Tirol. Not only clients rely on his competence. Regularly, Alfi is hired by film production companies. In the background he creates a safe environment and is responsible for impressive film recordings in an alpine surrounding. Beside his work, the experienced mountain and ski guide and state-certified ski instructor loves to travel the world and to discover new climing destinations.
Nature boy. Woodworm. From Jerzens.
“Follow your passion” is Fredl’s motto. While the nature loving guy from the village Jerzens is going to the mountains since he was a child, he first decided to follow a classic professional path. He finished his apprenticeship as a carpenter and worked for a construction company for some years. But then, the passion for the mountains was stronger. He quitted his job and graduated as a state-certified mountain and ski guide. Fredl made his hobby into his profession. In his free time he is a farmer and takes care of his goats.
Wood-Michael. Mountain farmer. Family man.
Everybody knows that Michael is an excellent skier and masters all disciplines of alpine sports. After having finished his apprenticeship as a carpenter he worked a couple of summer seasons in Liechtenstein. Since 2007 Michael is a state-certified mountain and ski guide and state-certified ski instructor. After having graduated as a mountain guide he worked some years as a trainer for junior ski insctructors in the alpine courses. His passion for mountain and winter sports is ongoing.
While he guides clients in summer to the famous summits in the valley and on climbing tours, he works as a ski instructor and ski guide in winter. With his family Michael runs a the “Adlerhof” farm in St. Leonhard.
All-round talent. Haven of peace. Hunter.
Burkhard’s childhood took place mostly at 2,700 m above sea level – at least in summertime. His father was the manager of the Braunschweiger mountain hut, so Burkhard grew up in the high mountain range. Therefore, there was no other option than discovering the mountains around the hut in summer and to go crazy on the ski slopes in winter. Burkhard was a talented ski racer and went to the ski college for hotel management. Here, he worked both on his gastronomic and his skiing skills. Although he didn’t make it to the top of alpine ski racing, he benefited from his talent and made his hobby into his profession. He is a state-certified mountain and ski guide, a state-certified ski instructor, a qualified alpine skiing trainer and a cross-country skiing inctructor. In his free time Burkhard goes hunting and enjoys the silence in the nature of the Pitztal valley.