PAZNAUN PEOPLE: CHRISTIAN EITERER, SUMMITEER

A man aiming for the very top. Chrisitan Eiterer doesn’t just run Hotel Fliana in Ischgl, he also celebrates his love of mountains as an alpine guide and mountain climber all around the world. His highest peak to date: Mount Everest. Here’s the big Trisanna interview, with photos by Philipp Horak.

 

Name
Christian Eiterer

Age
55, born in Zams

Place of residence
Ischgl

Job
Mountain guide and hotelier

Family
Married to Hildegard since 1988. Daughters Katrin (born in 1987) and Julia (born in 1990)

How did you, a native of Kaunerberg, find your way to Ischgl?
I met my wife through work and settled down in Ischgl.

How did you cope as a newcomer in Ischgl?
If you make an effort with people and are ready to integrate, then you’ll be included and accepted in Ischgl without any difficulties.

You have conquered the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. What does that mean to you?
It was the most intensive experience of my life so far.

What’s your favourite expression in the Paznaun dialect?
Guxa (snowy wind)

Your favourite meal?
Roast kid, cooked by my wife Hildegard

Your favourite place in Paznaun?
Vertineskopf (above the Friedrichshafener mountain hut)

Describe the people of Ischgl as a race:
Relatively open and approachable

If Ischgl were an animal, what would it be?
A chamois

With what drink do you toast to a successful season?
With a glass of rosé champagne

Your favourite colour in winter?
White, of course

Describe the Silvretta Arena in one word?
Perfect cableway system

What’s your favourite language during the season?
The local language

Where do you find a moment of peace?
On a mountain tour or ski trip

What’s your favourite song with a Paznaun connection?
Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right by Bob Dylan
(Season finale on the Idalp, 1999)

The most important accessory in the winter?
Adhesive climbing skins

The best time of the day?
Nine o’clock in the morning. I can enjoy a coffee in peace then.

The most important event of the past decade for you personally?
My expedition to the North Pole.