The story of a passion – from a one-man show to a market leader of Zillertal mountain sports!
2002 – The birth of Mountain Sports
As a classic one-man business, I handled all activities myself, and a big thank you goes out to my parents, who so greatly supported me in the early years. At this time, my equipment consisted of a raft, 10 wetsuits, 10 canyoning harnesses, 10 helmets, 10 via ferrata sets, and 1 VW bus. Thanks to help from the family, I was able to conduct the first rafting and canyoning tours as well as climbing courses and via ferrata tours. At that time, there was a cooperation with Jürgen Stock, who offered paragliding tandem flights in Mayrhofen. To this day, all tandem flights were conducted by Jürgen Stock. In these days, Rainbow Tours was the business partner, who booked our entire adventure program. Patrik Engel was our first employee.
2003 – More equipment was purchased
And with a Landrover Defender 110, we expanded the fleet of vehicles. We built the first adventure park and via ferrata route in Schwendau. In the alpine area, we organized snowshoe hikes, ice stock, and tobogganing.
2004 – Our mountain sports program started
and we went on the first expedition to Chile and Patagonia for volcano ski touring. With a rafting guide and canyoning guide, we had two new employees. Canoes were included in the program. The Schönbergbach canyoning tour was first began and set in operation.
2005 – The travel business TUI selected Mountain Sports as partner
Atrekking expedition in Nepal brought us to the Mera Peak 6400 m. With a diploma as a certified ski instructor, I had the necessary qualification to train ski instructor candidates. In this year, we lead our first snowboard and ski tours in the Zillertal Alps.
2006 – On the occasion of an event for Discovery Channel Europe
people first rode on the Zemmbach with tubes. We expanded the winter program with freeriding and ice tours.
2007 – Mountain Sports brings tubing to Zillertal
and included this fun sport in the adventure program. The climbing of Mount Cook in New Zealand was cancelled due to large amounts of snow. I earned my degree as a state-certified mountain guide as well as a certified ski instructor and became a trainer with the Tyrolean ski instructor association.
2008 – The development of the alpine school progressed quickly
In the summer, we began to offer high-altitude tour courses, via ferrata routes, and mountain tours.
2009 – Mountain Sports acquired the unique Rock’n’Roll Swing
and received the alpine school’s seal of approval in Austria. Mountain Sports organized the first rafting training in Zillertal.
2010 – Our array of equipment became quite impressive
9 boats, 500 wetsuits, 100 harnesses, and 200 helmets. The world championship of mountain guiding was held in Hintertux. Mountain Sports participated in the giant slalom and supported the organization of the event.
2011 – Mountain Sports builds the first high ropes course in Zillertal
The Stilluppklamm gorge was upgraded and adapted to customers. This year, we organized the volcano tours in Chile and a ski expedition on the Antarctic Peninsula. The mountain guide world championship took place in Sulden on the Ortler. We were also present at the climbing and giant slalom race.