The ORIGINAL+ team
Founder & CEO
Passionate skier, explorer, and family man
Siegfried is a former ski racer, state-certified ski instructor and guide, alpinist, and profound expert of the industry. After completing his studies in Economics in Innsbruck and Grenoble in 2002, he worked as a Product Manager at Fischer Sports. In 2007 he moved to Kästle Ski, where he was responsible for the successful relaunch of the brand in his role as CEO and co-owner. In 2014, he founded Exolite, his first own company, and since then he has been advising clients in the outdoor, winter sports and cycling industries on strategic marketing and product development. In addition, he works as a lecturer for the Design & Product Management Master Program at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg.
"Honor the process, do good work daily, weekly, annually and over a lifetime. And the results will come."
Finance & controlling
Pulling the strings in the background
Christina is responsible for figures and structure at ORIGINAL+. How does she cope with a group of strategists, technicians, and craftsmen that are all passionate about skiing? With huge determination, team orientation and a sense of responsibility. Christina and Siegfried Rumpfhuber have been a perfectly balanced team since day one; just like in the old times at Kästle where they had previously worked together, Christina has been an integral part of setting up the new ski company. The economics graduate spends her time off with family in the mountains – skiing, ski touring or hiking.
“Whoever just dreams of happiness, runs the risk of oversleeping.”
Sales, distribution & customer service
The musically gifted mountain guy at ORIGINAL+
Bernd has been playing in the mountains for as long as he can remember – preferably with skis on his feet, and in the backcountry. In his teenage years the Upper Austrian turned his passion into a profession, working as a full-time ski instructor (“Landesskilehrer”) at a ski school in Gosau, Austria, for five years. When there’s no snow, he’s still drawn to the mountains to go climbing, hiking, mountain biking, etc. In addition to his part-time studies in sports & event management at the Private University of Schloss Seeburg, Bernd is responsible for sales, distribution, and customer service at ORIGINAL+. So he’s the first point of contact for our customers. Being a trumpeter, guitarist, and drummer, he also always takes care of the right (background) music.
"Mountains are silent masters and make tight-lipped students"
The creative all-rounder at ORIGINAL+
Tamara was practically born with a passion for skiing. Growing up in a ski school family – amidst ski racers and coaches – she’s a perfect fit for ORIGINAL+, where everything revolves around the "holy planks" 365 days a year. Being responsible for marketing she takes care of the brand’s look and feel. With her degree in sports, culture & event management from the FH Kufstein and a good number of years working in culture marketing, her know-how and experience are invaluable to the team. What Tamara particularly loves about skiing is that it always makes her feel good, regardless of whether she’s out with family or friends or just making some turns on her own. In her life away from the snow, Tamara is passionate about cooking and traveling.
"Nothing is worth more than laughter."
ORIGINAL+ first trainee
Nature lover, ski instructor and student
If you don’t encounter Daniel in the ORIGINAL+ workshop, he’s likely to be out in the mountains – possibly running an O+ ski test. Being a passionate outdoor guy and alpinist, he tries to spend as much time as possible outside – hiking, paragliding and, of course, freeriding. Skiing has always played an important role in his life. As a certified ski instructor (Landesskilehrer), the Upper Austrian has been teaching kids and adults how to ski since his high school days. Daniel studies Sports Science at the University of Salzburg and has been part of the ORIGINAL+ production team since fall 2019.
"Nothing is impossible. Where there's a will, there's a way!"
Skiing professional, photographer & nature lover
Skiing has accompanied Matthias all his life. At the tender age of two, the Salzburg native stood on skis for the first time. In his youth he was an active racer. Today, Matthias is a state-certified ski instructor, private ski guide and race coach – making him a perfect fit for the O+ team. At ORIGINAL+ he manages the finishing and tuning department and ensures that the most precise and fastest skis on the market originate from our production facility in Salzburg-Bergheim. The professional photographer spends his winters ski touring and freeriding, in summer he loves to ride his road bike or climb mountains – always outdoors and usually with a camera around his neck to capture the best moments.
"If it's white, you can ride it."