Christoph Schrahe

Christoph Schrahe travelled ski resorts all over the world and worked for some time in a Swedish ski area after studying geography, and obtaining a degree in business administration. He was then employed as a senior executive in the travel industry. In 1996 he became a product manager for navigation software at the Bosch company. As a side job he set up a ski area project in a German low mountain region in the course of which he developed the SnowPlan simulation programme in cooperation with the SLF in Davos. In 1999 he returned to the travel industry as a senior consultant.

At ift Freizeit- und Tourismusberatung he managed numerous projects relating to regional and product development. He carried out winter sports studies for the Ministry of Economics of the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Thuringia relating to profitability, development of measures, economic effects and especially snowmaking systems. He initiated a master plan for ski areas in the Sauerland in the course of which 100 million Euros were invested into improvements of the ski area infrastructure. He carried out several feasibility studies in the field of snowmaking in the Sauerland and Harz mountains as well as in the Alps and in Eastern Europe. For several years he acted as a consultant for the Postwiesen ski area in Winterberg which could increase its turnover by 800% in this period – without building a single new lift.

At the University of Applied Sciences in Ravensburg Christoph Schrahe is lecturer of the course for ski resort management. He has also been a keynote speaker at the International Forum on Skiing Industries Cooperation that was held in Harbin, the capital of the booming winter sports region Heilongjiang in north-eastern China. Most recently he was a keynote speaker at the first World Winter Forum in Vienna in October 2005.

Christoph Schrahe is also one of Germany's best known travel writers and has visited more than 400 ski areas in 35 countries on six continents, about which he published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Ski Magazin and other publications. Further to publishing several books such as »Ski Weltweit« (1994) and »Vista Point Ski Guide Nordamerika« (2005), he published hundreds of articles in renowned German, Swiss and Austrian daily newspapers and magazines such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Hamburger Abendblatt, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Die Südostschweiz, Stern, ADAC Reisemagazin, Lufthansa Magazin, Fit for Fun, Max, Brigitte, Schweizer Familie and Men's Health. He also contributed to all ski guidebooks on the German market. For the »DSV Ski Atlas« of the German Skiing Federation (Deutscher Skiverband) he was the responsible editor for all American and Scandinavian ski resorts, for the »ADAC Ski Guide« (German Automobile Club) he contributed all editorials regarding ski resorts outside the Alps. Christoph Schrahe also reported about ski resorts around the world on various TV- and radio channels (ARD, SWR etc.). 

Christoph Schrahe successfully completed the ski instructor exam of the Tyrolean Ski Instructors Association.

Christoph Schrahe is married to musician Meike Herzig. Son Leonard was born in 2005.