Our office team
Founder, managing director and head of the Vivalpin Mountain School
Christof is a certified mountain and ski guide since 1984. He was an instructor and examiner in mountain and ski guide training for many years and knows all the tours in the Vivalpin program. His work as a professional mountain guide has taken him to many mountains around the world. With guests he climbed through many big alpine walls and as a heliski guide he spent several winters in Canada. Today you can still meet Christof with guests on the most beautiful tours and peaks in the Alps and the mountains of the world.
You can reach Christof at
Managing Director and Head of the Vivalpin Ski School
The native of Werdenfels grew up in the mountains and lives for mountain and ski sports. Although Max was a passionate ice hockey player until the age of 20 and laced up his skates in North America and Austria, among other places, in addition to SC Riessersee, he always retained his passion for the mountains of this world and climbed numerous peaks in the Alps, the Himalayas, the Andes, the Caucasus and the High Atlas. With the completion of the state ski instructor examination in 2012, a new sporting challenge began, which he continued by joining the instructor team of the German Ski Instructors Association and taking over the ski school management of the SportScheck Ski School. Max gained the experience for this during his tourism studies and several winters in Austria and Switzerland as a professional ski instructor. As a passionate freerider, mountaineer and mountain biker, he also spends most of his free time in the mountains. You can best reach Max at:
Shareholder and office manager
Franziska is the marketing and communications expert on the Vivalpin team. As a partner of Vivalpin GmbH & Co.KG, Franziska is also responsible for office management and the event agency. As befits a native of Partenkirchen, she was born into alpine sports. So you're always welcome to ask her for a tip on the most beautiful mountain tour or the best ski run. Her email address:
Founder and shareholder
Wolfgang is both a state-certified mountain and ski guide and a state-certified ski instructor and was involved for 30 years as an instructor and examiner in the professional training courses for mountain guides and ski instructors. As a graduate in sports science, he has also authored numerous specialized books and publications such as the well-known alpine and skiing curricula. In over 40 years of active mountain guiding, he has led his guests not only through the north faces of the Three Peaks or other great Alpine walls, but also up the eight-thousander Cho Oyu or Mount McKinley in Alaska.
Head of department mountain school
Simon is a passionate mountain sportsman. He has a degree in business management and has been with Vivalpin since 2023. Simon knows his home mountains around the Zugspitze in summer and winter, but after a semester abroad in Taiwan and travels to many parts of the world, he also looks "beyond the end of his nose". In his spare time, Simon works as a ski instructor and in the Krün mountain rescue team.
You can reach Simon at:
Head of department ski school
The state-certified business administrator and hotel manager is the sunshine in the Vivalpin office. Julia has been working at Vivalpin since the summer of 2022 and provides expert advice on booking your experiences. As a local, the future ski instructor knows most of the hiking and many of the mountain and via ferrata tours around the Zugspitze.
You can reach Julia during our office hours by phone or by email at
PPE representative and responsible for rental and test equipment
The state-certified army mountain guide looks back on a biography that would be enough for several lifetimes. Markus is considered an absolute equipment expert and consequently also looks after the rental and test equipment of the partner companies at Vivalpin. You will also find Markus in the mountains at avalanche trainings, at events of The North Face, Roland Berger or other partners and customers.
He will be happy to answer your questions at markus.@vivalpin.com
When Oli contacted VIVALPIN in 2020 and asked for an internship, he had no idea how diverse a company like VIVALPIN could be. As a result, he not only contributed intensively as a ski instructor, but was also introduced to conceptual processes and, thanks to his outstanding technical know-how, quickly became involved in a wide variety of areas of the company. In a short time, he earned the status of course instructor at the SportScheck Ski School, conceived and has become a valued part of the VIVALPIN family due to his positive nature. Oli will join VIVALPIN permanently after completing his master's degree in strategy and innovation in tourism. A native of Stuttgart, he has fully arrived in his new adopted home, loves to be out in the mountains in winter and summer, or on the lookout for the best offers in the entire Alpine region for your experiences.
You can best reach Oli at:
Social Media Manager
Alina has been a permanent member of the Vivalpin team since 2021 and, as social media manager, is the creative head of our ensemble. Growing up on the beautiful Ammersee lake south of Munich, skiing accompanied her from an early age. She learned skiing on countless powder runs together with her family in the beautiful Zillertal. In addition to her master's degree in sports management, she decided to start training as a state-certified ski instructor in 2021 and turn her hobby into a career. Today, Charly is not only an incredibly good freerider, but also a sought-after sports model and always knows exactly what needs to happen in front of or behind the lens to get the best result. Also as a course instructor and member of the teaching team at the Vivalpin Ski School, Charly convinces with her likeable manner, her professional competence and inspires guests and colleagues alike with her enthusiasm.
Alina can best be reached at: instagram.com/vivalpin
Head of the Lowa Test Center in Grainau
If you are looking for the best mountain boot, then you should definitely visit Claus at the LOWA test center in Grainau. Claus not only knows the mountains like the back of his hand, he also knows every seam and every pad on "his" LOWA shoes. Claus will advise you perfectly before and after your personal shoe test!
Accounting and dunning
Ines is the grande dame in the background. She keeps track of all the figures at the Vivalpin Mountain and Ski School and the Vivalpin Event Agency. With her reserved, considered manner, Ines is the perfect back-up in the Vivalpin team. You can always rely on her and when things get busy, Ines is also happy to competently take over customer service.
Our mountain guide team
State-certified mountain and ski guide, with Vivalpin since 2000, enthusiastic sports climber
Mountain guide and all-round mountaineer, member of the Vivalpin Competence Team
State-certified mountain and ski guide, all-round mountaineer, with VIVALPIN since 2000
Mountain guide, former head of department mountain school, member of the Vivalpin competence team
UIMLA mountain guide, specialist for alpine crossings, member of the Vivalpin competence team
State-certified police mountain guide, member of the Vivalpin competence team, with VIVALPIN since 2010
Mountain guide, with VIVALPIN since 2004
State-certified army mountain guide, member of the Vivalpin competence team, with VIVALPIN since 2016
State-certified mountain and ski guide, climbing instructor and all-round mountaineer, Mont Blanc expert, with VIVALPIN since 2004
Mountain hiking guide, expert for alpine crossings, since 2016 with VIVALPIN
Mountain guide aspirant UIAGM, with VIVALPIN since 2023
State-certified mountain and ski guide, all-round mountaineering and mountain guide, with Vivalpin since 2022
State-certified mountain and ski guide, state-certified ski instructor, member of the DSLV instructor team
State-certified police mountain guide, with VIVALPIN since 2005, chairman of the police mountain guide association
State-certified mountain and ski guide, with VIVALPIN since 2015
State-certified mountain and ski guide, with VIVALPIN since 1996, expert for ski tours and steep descents
Mountain hiking guide expert for alpine crossings, ski instructor
Mountain guide, mountaineer, paraglider, with VIVALPIN since 2018.
Mountain hiking guide, with VIVALPIN since 2015
State-certified army mountain guide and canyoning guide, employee of the avalanche commission and member of the VIVALPIN competence team
State-certified army mountain guide
Mountain hiking guide, with VIVALPIN since 2021
Mountain hiking guide
State-certified mountain and ski guide, medical doctor, with VIVALPIN since 2000
UIMLA mountain guide, since 2016 with VIVALPIN
State-certified army mountain guide, state-certified ski instructor, with VIVALPIN since 2000
Mountain guide, with VIVALPIN since 2004
State-certified mountain and ski guide, with VIVALPIN since 2021
Tyrolean mountain hiking guide, with VIVALPIN since 2007
State certified ski instructor, mountain hiking guide, freeride and outdoor guide
UIMLA mountain guide, yoga teacher, since 2021 with VIVALPIN
Mountain hiking guide from South Tyrol, extreme climber and rope companion by Simon Gietl
Mountain hiking guide
Mountain guide aspirant UIAGM, with VIVALPIN since 2022
UIMLA mountain guide, mountaineer and climber
Mountain hiking guide
Outdoor trainer and mountain guide, with VIVALPIN since 2011
UIMLA Mountain Guide
State-certified army mountain guide, state-certified ski instructor, freeride expert
UIMLA mountain guide, since 2015 with VIVALPIN
Mountain hiking guide, with VIVALPIN since 2022