Born in 1979 Raphie grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. After some years riding in Laax he moved to Haute-Nendaz, to the 4 Valleys Ski Resort – a Mecca for freeriders. Besides being a professional freerider for nearly 10 years, he won the 2008 FWQ Tour in Europe and participated two seasons on the FWT Freerideworldtour (9th overall ranking FWT 2011 and 11th overall ranking FWT 2009). Raphael was a technical director for SSBS and a qualified ski and snowboard instructor for Swiss Snowsports. In 2014, Raphael moved to the Southern island of New Zealand is organising personal backcountry trips and guiding through his company "Pure Powder Adventures". Raphael has always been fascinated by nature and the search for new limits. He encounters the dangers in the mountain with a lot of respect, professionalism and the necessary equipment and would like to sensitize other freeriding adepts to the risks of this sport. The joy and the energy Raphael derives from nature can be seen in his attractive, dynamic and creative riding.