The history of Arlberg abounds in pioneering spirit. It was the passion and unabated innovative force of some unforgotten pioneers that made the world-famous ski resort what it is today: the cradle of Alpine skiing. Since 1885.
The history of the Arlberg
The cradle of Alpine skiing
The foundation for this was laid at the end of the 19th century – with the opening of the Arlberg railway tunnel, which brought the first guests to the region. Over the years, Ski Arlberg has become the largest connected ski resort in Austria, one of the most important locations in the history of Alpine skiing, and the epicentre of the ski sport.
Milestones in the history of skiing
The first pair of skis on Arlberg
A norwegian engineer, visiting the construction of the railroad line between Innsbruck and Bludenz for study purposes, brings the first skis to Langen in 1885. Three gentlemen - innkeeper Fritz from the Hotel Post in Langen, an "Ing. Bischof" and a third, unknown man from Langen - use them on a trial basis. The three are the first skiers on the Arlberg, who presumably do not strap the skis under their feet for the purpose of everyday locomotion, but for their own pleasure.
A pioneer is born.
Johann (Hannes) Schneider is born in Stuben – later, he went down in history as a gifted ski racing champion and inventor of the "Arlberg technique". He begins his career as a ski instructor in St. Anton and, later, becomes the founder and managing director of the ski school there.
Der Weiße Rausch - a film with consequences
The Arlberg holds a remarkable film history. During the 1930s, director Arnold Fanck staged a series of films on the Arlberg that, among other things, had a lasting impact. In particular, his breathtaking ski scenes, prominently featured in the classic "Der Weiße Rausch", not only leave a formative influence on skiing itself, but also help to make it known far beyond the borders of the Alps.
Invention of the "Arlberg Jet"
Michael Manhart - cable car entrepreneur, technical visionary and grandson of ski pioneer Sepp Bildstein - developed the "Arlberg Jet" snowmaker at the end of the 1970s/beginning of the 1980s. The Arlberg Jet was also used to make snow exclusively for the Olympics in Calgary (1988).
A new connection
A further milestone is the connection of Lech Zürs with Warth-Schröcken via the Auenfeldjet cable car.
Inauguration of the Flexenbahn
The construction of the Flexenbahn connects Zürs with Rauz/Stuben and makes Ski Arlberg the largest connected ski resort in Austria.
THE CRADLE OF ALPINE SKIING