About Skiare Ski Tours - The People

What makes the Skiare Ski Tours Team tick? As a privately owned business, owners and operators Thomas and Debbie Peintner always have one ear to the ground and a finger or two on the pulse.

“One thing that clearly sets us apart from other tour operators in the Dolomites is our people. The local people who we carefully choose to work with Skiare Ski Tours and that doesn’t just stop with our own people, that extends to our product and service suppliers as well. It is essential our team values relationships, is a great cultural fit to both colleagues and guests, has experience and qualifications that are second to none and last but not least, has the ability to bring the vibrant flavour of local knowledge that can only be understood by those who live the Italian way of life, and in particular the Dolomites”. Thomas Peintner.

With over 1,290km’s of groomed ski runs, the Dolomiti Superski is the world’s largest ski are on one pass. Yes, big really does mean better. With an enormous variety of ski runs, there is something to satisfy every level of skiing ability. When you ski with a Skiare Instructor & Guide, you not only improve your skiing, but you have an expert who has carefully considered and planned the day perfectly suited to you and/or your group. Skiare Ski Instructors & Guides have daily meetings and discussions, check weather conditions and forecasts, share knowledge with fellow locals and ensure lunch is booked at the best mountain huts in the region. There is always a generous serving of fun, excitement and laughter on the menu.

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Some of the most popular ski touring days are:

Come and meet the team who will take you there!
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The Sellaronda

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The Marmolada

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The World War 1 Tour

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Cinque Torri

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Tre Cime Tour

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The Peintner Family

It was a luggage mishap at Sydney Airport in 1993 that resulted in the Malaysia Airlines customer service agent Debbie, and Italian ski instructor Tom, crossing paths. Call it a chance meeting, destiny or just plain good luck, the couple have gone on to celebrate many of life’s milestone together. With Alina and Hugh being their pride and joy, the Skiare Ski Tour business is not far behind. Based in Brisbane during the Southern Hemisphere Winter, the couple started Skiare Ski Tours 18 years ago, combining their experience and expertise in the travel and skiing industries. “I was really fortunate to begin my working career in the Airline Industry and it was my roles with American Airlines and Malaysia Airlines that gave me a solid foundation and understanding for what great customer service actually meant. I have carried those learnings, and many more, across all of my various career paths. Thomas and I really love what we do – it’s about the people, the mountains, the village atmosphere, the friendships, the amazing skiing days but what makes it really special, is the ability to share all of these experiences – with our guests, our friends and our families. Tom has given all of us a deep love for the Dolomites and that’s priceless. It’s true when they say, you can take the boy out of the mountains but you can’t take the mountains out of the boy’. Debbie Peintner

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Tom Peintner

Born in Bolzano, Italy and raised on the ski fields of Alta Badia, Thomas was a member of the South Tyrolean racing squad by age 14. He has been a top level ski instructor since the mid 90's having worked in ski schools at Kaprun/Zell am See, Kirchberg, Kitzbuhel (all in Austria), Mt. Hotham and Perisher Blue. As popular as he is experienced! Thomas’s passion for skiing is highly regarded and his sense of fun makes the traditional mountain hut a favorite rest place. His local knowledge, language skills and professionalism are all important ingredients that make Skiare such a popular choice.

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Debbie Peintner

Debbie has 22 years experience in the airline/travel industry looking after people’s needs. Along with Thomas, Debbie has travelled to various corners of the world encountering all kinds of obstacles. This experience has not only given Debbie a great understanding of travel and people but also how to fulfill expectations. Her warm, friendly and fun loving attitude is enjoyable and her ability to work through the unexpected is commendable. As a working mother filling the position of Guest Relations for Skiare, her days are always lively.

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Kate Haring

Cosmopolitan - from the very beginning. Born in Czech, currently travels between Australia and Italy. Kate has finished her qualifications in Austria (Staatlicher Ski and Snowboardlehrer) where she worked for several seasons. In Australia Kate was the Operations Manager and Instructor Trainer for Thredbo Snowsports as well as an Examiner for the Australian Ski Instructor Association. She is also an excellent Telemarker and has added the Telemark Instructor to her qualification repertoire. She has been skipping summer since she was 18 years of age. Kate loves being challenged and happy to join every crazy adventure, bring it on!

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Piero Valpiani

Having completed Austria’s highest qualification in skiing – “The Staatlicher Skileher Ausbildung” Piero is a true Professional. He takes enormous pride in his role as a Skiare Ski Instructor which has made him extremely popular amoungst our return guests. His attention to detail is admired and his ability to translate the theory of skiing into practise is excellent. Piero grew up in Italy and Sweden and since 2006 spends his winters in Alta Badia. His passion and enthusiasm for skiing is contagious. He is ‘Pratically Perfect in Everyway’!!!!!!!!!

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Alessia Zanchetta

Alessia has joined the Skiare Team in 2010 and has since been an integral member. Alessia was born in Venice and raised between the floating city and the Dolomite mountains. Nowaday she lives full time in Malga Ciapela, a small village on the foot of the Marmolada mountain and San Cassiano. Alessia is an Italian fully qualified ski instructor and has been working for 10 years in several ski schools since starting instructing, including Marmolada, San Cassiano and Thredbo. She has also been a Junior Ski racing coach for several years and our 'specialised' instructor for disabled guests. Alessia is a fun loving girl and loved by everyone from young to old.

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Mikki Berg

Or as he likes to call himself, Mikki Montagna (Italian for Mountain) is our resident Snowboard Instructor and twin-tip freerider. The only thing that rivals his Scandinavian coolness is his winter surroundings. His sense of humour and the ability to see the funny side of life makes skiing with Mikki a real treat. Mikki was ranked in the Top 20 on the FIS Snowboarding World Cup Circuit but now enjoys passing on his experience to all snowboarding and freeride enthusiast. He currently lives in Bolzano with his wife and 3 gorgeous daughters.

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Angelica Granruaz

Angelica grew up in Alta Badia and discovered in her very early years the passion and love to the snow sport. By 14 years of age she became a member of the South Tyrolean Regional Racing squad. In the mid/late 90’s she started her ski instructor career and has been working as a fully qualified instructor in Alta Badia ever since. Her patience and friendliness have been highly regarded by many of our guests especially with beginners/low intermediates and kids. Her knowledge as a local ‘ladin’ is an invaluable part to our guests experience. Angelica is also a fully qualified Telemark Instructor. When not instructing she follow’s her other passion being architecture. She graduated as an architect from the Architecture faculty in Innsbruck early 2000.

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Walter Erlacher

Walter aka BFG (big friendly giant) was born in Bruneck and lives in Corvara, a true and original ladino. At 16 years of age he was part of the Italian National Junior Ski team. He has been an instructor for 35 years and still loves it like on his first day. Skiing is a true and authentic passion of Walter which he loves to share with everyone of our guests. He might be the eldest team member on paper but he is certainly not showing his age when it comes to fitness. In summer he loves to ride his bike and works as the green keeper at the Alta Badia Golf Club in Corvara.

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Michael Tavella

A true Ladino, Michael has become a favourite ski instructor amongst our younger guests. Having said that his fun loving attitude and his genuine love of ski instructing he provides all of Skiare Guests with a unique and fabulous skiing holiday. He is forever going beyond the call of duty and with his friendly personality he always calls those who ski in his tracks a friend. Michael has 2 beautiful little children and lives in Alta Badia full time. He comes from a farming family which ownes and operates cattle and farming land on the hills of La Val.