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Der Skiclub Arlberg

The Ski Club Arlberg is one of the oldest and well-known ski clubs in the Alps. Established on the 3rd of January 1901, the SCA with its 8,804 members from 57 countries is currently the largest ski club in Europe. Many World Champions and
Olympic champions have emerged from this most traditional of clubs. And in the course if its long history, the Ski Club Arlberg has also profoundly influenced both alpine ski sports and tourism in the Arlberg region.

Famous Members

Hannes Schneider, one of skiing’s greats in the 20s and 30s, began his career at the age of 13 when he was given his first pair of skis. Schneider went on to develop a new downhill skiing technique. When he was just 17 years of age, he worked as the first permanent ski instructor in the region and in December 1921 he established the first ski school in St. Anton am Arlberg. Later he made a name for himself as an author and actor. In addition to Hannes Schneider, many other personalities have influenced the history of the Ski Club Arlberg.

At the 1948 Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Trude Jochum-Beiser won gold in the combination and silver in the downhill and thus became the first female ski racer to win two medals at the Olympic Games. In addition, she won gold in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo and gold in the downhill at the World Championships in Aspen in 1950.

Othmar Schneider war einer der Stars der Olympischen Winterspiele 1952 in Oslo. Als Läufer des Ski-Club Arlberg schaffte Othmar Schneider etwas Einzigartiges, nicht nur in der Geschichte des Ski-Club Arlberg sondern auch in der Geschichte Österreichs. Durch seinen Sieg im Slalom feierte Österreich die erste alpine Goldmedaille bei einer Olympiade. In der Abfahrt schaffte es der Lecher Star auf den 2. Platz. Die Popularität seiner Erfolge führten Ende 1952 zur Wahl zum österreichischen Sportler des Jahres

Egon Zimmermann from Lech won gold in the downhill at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Between 1957 and 1973, Karl Schranz from St. Anton am Arlberg, won 8 World Cup downhill races and 5 combination titles. He also came under the top three in three giant slalom races. Karl Schranz was World Champion no less than three times: once in each of the disciplines of downhill, combination and giant slalom and he won the overall World Cup twice. A unique event in the history of the World Cup occurred in the winter of 1968-9, when the men’s and women’s overall World Cup titles were won by Karl Schranz and Gertrud Gabl respectively, both representing the Ski Club Arlberg.

Patrick Ortlieb was downhill Olympic champion in 1992 and downhill World Champion in 1996. He is one of only 5 ski racers who have won both the gold medal in the downhill at the Olympics and the downhill World Championship title. In addition, he won four World Cup races.

At the 2001 World Championships held in St. Anton am Arlberg, a local member of the Ski Club Arlberg won his first World Championship title in slalom: Mario Matt from Flirsch am Arlberg, also known as ‘Super Mario’ or the ‘Eagle from the Arlberg’. Mario won the race using a carving technique that was new at the time. Six years later, Mario once again won gold for the Ski Club Arlberg in the World Championships in Aare in both the slalom and team events. In the Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi, (Russia) Mario Matt won the gold medal in slalom. He is the most successful member of the Ski Club Arlberg.

Famous Members

Hannes Schneider, one of skiing’s greats in the 20s and 30s, began his career at the age of 13 when he was given his first pair of skis. Schneider went on to develop a new downhill skiing technique. When he was just 17 years of age, he worked as the first permanent ski instructor in the region and in December 1921 he established the first ski school in St. Anton am Arlberg. Later he made a name for himself as an author and actor. In addition to Hannes Schneider, many other personalities have influenced the history of the Ski Club Arlberg.

At the 1948 Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Trude Jochum-Beiser won gold in the combination and silver in the downhill and thus became the first female ski racer to win two medals at the Olympic Games. In addition, she won gold in the downhill at the 1952 Olympic Games in Oslo and gold in the downhill at the World Championships in Aspen in 1950.

Othmar Schneider war einer der Stars der Olympischen Winterspiele 1952 in Oslo. Als Läufer des Ski-Club Arlberg schaffte Othmar Schneider etwas Einzigartiges, nicht nur in der Geschichte des Ski-Club Arlberg sondern auch in der Geschichte Österreichs. Durch seinen Sieg im Slalom feierte Österreich die erste alpine Goldmedaille bei einer Olympiade. In der Abfahrt schaffte es der Lecher Star auf den 2. Platz. Die Popularität seiner Erfolge führten Ende 1952 zur Wahl zum österreichischen Sportler des Jahres

Egon Zimmermann from Lech won gold in the downhill at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Between 1957 and 1973, Karl Schranz from St. Anton am Arlberg, won 8 World Cup downhill races and 5 combination titles. He also came under the top three in three giant slalom races. Karl Schranz was World Champion no less than three times: once in each of the disciplines of downhill, combination and giant slalom and he won the overall World Cup twice. A unique event in the history of the World Cup occurred in the winter of 1968-9, when the men’s and women’s overall World Cup titles were won by Karl Schranz and Gertrud Gabl respectively, both representing the Ski Club Arlberg.

Patrick Ortlieb was downhill Olympic champion in 1992 and downhill World Champion in 1996. He is one of only 5 ski racers who have won both the gold medal in the downhill at the Olympics and the downhill World Championship title. In addition, he won four World Cup races.

At the 2001 World Championships held in St. Anton am Arlberg, a local member of the Ski Club Arlberg won his first World Championship title in slalom: Mario Matt from Flirsch am Arlberg, also known as ‘Super Mario’ or the ‘Eagle from the Arlberg’. Mario won the race using a carving technique that was new at the time. Six years later, Mario once again won gold for the Ski Club Arlberg in the World Championships in Aare in both the slalom and team events. In the Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi, (Russia) Mario Matt won the gold medal in slalom. He is the most successful member of the Ski Club Arlberg.

Freeride Weltmeisterin Lorraine Huber (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

Freeride World Champion Lorraine Huber

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Promotion of youth

SCA's youth work is one of the flagships of our region. The prospective racers are trained by a high-class staff. I am proud to be able to make a small contribution.

Olympiasieger Patrick Ortlieb über Der Weiße Ring - das Rennen (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus
Patrick Ortlieb Olympic Champion, World Champion

Promotion of youth at Ski Club Arlberg

With over 100 years of tradition, SCA pays special attention to the promotion of young talent. In the entire Arlberg region, more than 150 children are looked after and trained by successful and highly qualified trainers.

In summer, our children and teenagers are prepared for the winter season with coordination exercises, mountain biking and many other sporting and social activities. Before the Arlberg ski season opens, the glacier trainings are held.

The Ski-Club Arlberg does not only deal with racing, of course. Free skiing, the use of avalanche transceivers, powder or firn descents and many other interesting variations are taught by the trainers.

The goal is set very clearly: The youth of the Arlberg should receive a comprehensive and well-founded training in snow sports, because skiing is one of the most important components of the Arlberg, which especially the young locals should master.

For more than 10 years now, the Ski Club Arlberg has been offering a professional freestyle training program called the ‘Newschool’ catering to some 30 children and youths. With this new and innovative training program, the Ski Club Arlberg has become one of the forerunners among Austrian sports clubs in this field.

Just as in the 1960s, when a large proportion of the Alpine National Ski Team originated from the Ski Club Arlberg, the Newschool team has developed into an elite group with 3 athletes currently in the ÖSV national squad.

The third part of the Ski Club Arlberg’s comprehensive training program is the ‘Freeride’ program. What was generally known as off-piste skiing in the past has developed over the last few years into the sport of freeride.

Last winter season 2016-17, the Ski Club Arlberg offered Freeride training for youths aged between 13 and 18 under the professional leadership of Stefan Häusl.
The Freeride World Tour is the World Cup of freeriding and travels across the globe. In the coming winter season 2017-18, the Freeride juniors from the Ski Club Arlberg will be taking part in the Freeride junior tour for the first time.

The basic skills learnt in Alpine and Freestyle training are further developed in the Freeride program and applied in the off-piste context. The Freeride training program helps participants perfect skills such as jumps over rocks, selecting different lines, performing tricks, avalanche safety training and skiing fast, skills which are then demonstrated in competitions.

Freeride – the new creative way to ski off-piste!
Ride on!

The SCA is established

Delighted by nature, enthusiastic about sport and convinced of the necessity to create a suitable meeting place at the Arlberg for the friends of this noble pleasure, we, the members of this impromptu excursion, feel moved to establish the Ski Club Arlberg. St. Christoph, 3rd January 1901.

On the 3rd of January 1901, six friends made their way through fresh powder snow from St. Anton to St. Christoph. They wore loden clothing and were on simple wooden skis, with heavy boots on their feet and each with just one ski pole in their hands. The friends stopped at the Hospiz Hotel at an altitude of 1,800 metres and during their break an idea was born: the idea of establishing the Ski Club Arlberg. You can still read the entry written on this day in the Hospiz Hotel’s guest book by Dr. Adolf Rybizka, one of the founding members of the SCA and a village councillor: ‘Delighted by nature, enthusiastic about sport and convinced of the necessity to create a suitable meeting place at the Arlberg for the friends of this noble pleasure, we, the members of this impromptu excursion, feel moved to establish the Ski Club Arlberg. St. Christoph, 3rd January 1901.’

The entry is signed by the founding members Carl and Adolf Schuler, Dr. Adolf Rybizka, Oswald Trojer, Josef Schneider, Ferdinand Beil, Dr. F. Gerstel and Liesl Trojer.

On the 5th and 6th of January 1904, just 3 years after it was established, the club held its first ski race. The Alps had never seen anything like this before! The course for this long distance race was planned in detail and went from the Ulmer Hütte over Schindlerferner to Arlensattel, then to Galzig and from there down to St. Christoph and finally on to St. Anton. Today it is difficult to imagine the demands that were made on the participants of the time. With extremely heavy sports equipment, the contestants had to slog their way through the deep snow. At the beginning of the 20th century, no-one had even begun to think about cable cars, lifts or prepared slopes.

More than 100 years later, the Ski Club Arlberg is the largest ski club in Europe and probably the most traditional ski club in the world. Today the Ski Club Arlberg, which unites the villages of Lech, Zürs, Stuben, St. Christoph and St. Anton, has some 7,300 members from 53 nations.

The historic club emblem

Since the Ski Club Arlberg was established over a century ago a great deal has changed. The club’s emblem however, which was designed by the medical student Fritz Gerstel over a hundred years ago, has remained the same: a circle with two crossed skis and one ski stock, referring to the one stock ski technique of the day.

The club has not only produced many top athletes, but also in the course of its long history it has profoundly influenced alpine ski sports. So for example, the SCA was one of the co-founders of the German as well as the Austrian Ski Association. In 1928, the SCA held the first Arlberg Kandahar Ski Race, a race that is still held today as a World Cup event in St. Anton and in other alpine villages. Further Hannes Schneider, who originated from Stuben, profoundly influenced ski tourism with the development of the Arlberg Ski Technique and the creation of the first ski school. The Arlberg Technique, which is also known as the stem turn, is considered the forerunner of the parallel turn.

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