Skiers in the 20th century

History of skiing in St. Anton am Arlberg

The first traces of tourism in the Arlberg date as far back as the early 19th century, but it was only with the development of alpine skiing, as pioneered in the Arlberg, of the Arlberg, that established the legendary reputation of this winter sports region. A reputation that continues to grow and expand to this day.

Hannes Schneider , born and raised in the Arlberg, developed his ‘Arlberg’ technique in St. Anton am Arlberg and raised both the international profile of the region and this new, fast-growing popular winter pastime. He also acted in the popular feature films of Dr. Arnold Fanck, ‘Der Weisse Rausch’, ‘Fuchsjagd im Engadin’, both of which helped spread the word about St. Anton am Arlberg and the region’s fabulous possibilities for skiing. 

And thanks to such other experts as Pepi Jennewein, Rudi Matt, and Karl Schranz , alpine skiing and the Arlberg became synonymous throughout the world.

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