The leader of the pack
On a ski tour with mountain and ski guide Stefan Wolf
Much more than passion
While Bernd, our photographer and I fortify ourselves at breakfast at 6.30 am the next day, Stefan looks after his cows. Seven o’ clock he stands at the hotel, checks our gear and explains how the buzzer works in the case of an emergency.
50 percent mountain guide, 50 percent hunter
Skiing is something that Stefan learnt early on, like all in Ischgl. With the tourist boom, it was obvious to become a ski teacher after agricultural college. The examination as regional ski instructor followed in 1978, in 1982 the national ski instructor, and from 1982 to 1984 the training as ski and mountain guide. In 1999 he set himself up as an independent ski tour guide.
Inner peace, infinite silence
“Someone who has never had an accident at the end of his life as a mountain guide is very lucky”, reminisces Stefan as we leave. He knows how lucky he is and has tried to impart some of that luck to others. For 30 years, Stefan was active in mountain rescue, and for the same length of time as volunteer in the fire brigade, he was involved with the helicopter rescue for five years. At the end of the day it is also clear to me: that bit about the leader of the pack on the cap is to be taken literally.