The first ski made of ash wood

Kästle Mountain Museum in Lech Zürs

Anton Kästle and the Arlberg Ski - the story of a classic

On the Arlberg ski history was written in many respects. The history of the legendary brand is closely linked to the beginnings of skiing on the Arlberg.

Up here, more than 90 years ago, Anton Kästle found the inspiration for the vision of a revolutionary ski. It was to be the first ski made of ash wood: the Arlberg Ski. Later this ski developed into the Kästle brand. Kästle was founded in 1924 in Vorarlberg and over the decades has contributed many professionals to international victories. After quieter times, Kästle celebrated a brilliant comeback in 2007.
The Kästle Mountain Museum

The Kästle Mountain Museum

Today you can follow these and other exciting stories in the Kästle Mountain Museum. Historical pictures, ski models from past days and many other pieces from the history of the successful Austrian ski brand await you. Since 2008, Kästle’s past has had a permanent place in the Kästle Mountain Museum at the Rüfikopfbahn II mountain station. The exhibition is open during operating hours.

The origin of the Arlberg-Ski

Year 1924

Skiing is in its infancy. Even on the Arlberg, winter tourism and ski lifts only exist in the minds of a few visionaries. One of them is Anton Kästle. He was the first to come up with the idea of producing skis from Vollesche.

Historische Skifahrer am Arlberg

Year 1929

Bereits fünf Jahre später begann Anton Kästle mit der Herstellung erster Kleinserien. Ende der 1930er-Jahre stellte er schließlich einen Ski vor, der Geschichte schreiben sollte: Der „Arlberg-Ski“.

Lorraine Huber sponsored by Kästle (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

Here you can find us

You will find us at the top station of the Rüfikopf cable car.

The exhibition is open free of charge to all those interested during the operating hours of the Rüfikopfbahn.

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