Manny Anker is a man of many talents: baking, massaging and skiing. However, it’s this last hobby which is his real passion, and which has also been his job for the last 35 years! Born in Mayrhofen, he started skiing at the age of 3 and learnt how to ski in one of Mayrhofen’s ski schools. Now he has his own school named Edelwhite. “I was the first in the Ziller Valley to open a one-man ski school”, says Manny proudly. That was about eight years ago. His skiing skills have built him a reputation which relies mostly on word-of-mouth from his regular guests. He’s especially popular as an instructor for German, Dutch, Norwegian and Russian guests, who often book him for 14 days. “About 80 percent of my students are women. Some are new to the sport, others are returning after an injury. Some are nervous skiiers, without any reason to be.” Manny doesn’t just know the physical tricks to improve skiing, but also the psychological ones. That’s a skill you develop over time. Practice makes perfect. “I don’t just teach my guests how to ski. They also experience the nature and the environment. I offer an all-round programme and exclusivity. I focus on both having fun and staying safe in the snow. These things are equally important.”
First Wintersport, then Spa
Manny loves his job, being with his guests in the open-air. He enjoys having the nature around him and wants to give his guests a lasting impression of the Ziller Valley. The 54 year old especially likes to ski on his local mountain, the Leisure Mount Ahorn. Above all, he likes the peace and quiet of this mountain. Manny is also a qualified masseuse and, therefore, can offer the full package: first skiing and then a massage. And this concept has proved very popular. In the summer, he makes a living with this second job, working as a masseuse in the local spa hotels.
Curious? Then visit Manny Anker’s website Skischule Edelwhite for further information.