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Blizzard was established in 1945 by Anton Arnsteiner ("der Toni"), as he returned home from the second world war, in the family joinery workshop, and started producing skis besides wooden furniture.
The Blizzard brand was registered in 1953. In 1954, Blizzard became the first manufacturer to mass-produce polyethylene ski bases. Blizzard's first expansion occurred in 1957 as well as the introduction of metal and fiberglass as new materials. 1963 saw a great part of the factory burned down. In 1970, as production reached 500,000 skis per year, company name was changed from "Blizzard Skifabrik Anton Arnsteiner" to "Blizzard GmbH". In 1976 a second production site was opened near Munich.
In 1980 Blizzard introduced the "Thermoski", after 6 years of development. In 1996 Blizzard introduced its first Carving ski, but it also applied for insolvency and was bought up by US company SCOTT Sports.
It was sold to Karl Hofstätter (33.3%) and Anton Stöckl (66.6%) in 2005, who sold it to the Tecnica Group in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Sales of Blizzard skis are now completely integrated in the sale organization of Tecnica Group.
Throughout the years, Blizzard won many awards with its skiers team:
- 1958: Frieda Dänzer (CH) wins the first champion title on Blizzard skis in the triple combination. Roger Staub wins silver in the giant slalom, Jean Vuarnet (FR) fetches bronze in downhill.
- 1962: Christl Haas, Erika Netzer and Marianne Jahn: won 3-times victory and World Championship Gold. Silver at the giant slalom on the new EPOXI-Ski.
- 1964: Gold at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck for Christl Haas in downhill.
- 1983: Franz Klammer wins the downhill World Cup and Blizzard is the most successful brand at the men's downhill 1982/83.
- 1990: Petra Kronberger won 3 seasons in a row, the Ladies World Cup. The Austrian athlete wins as the first woman all 5 disciplines in the World Cup.
- 1992: Gold medals in the combination and downhill at the Olympics in Albertville. Kronberger is one of the most successful skiers in history.
- 1998: Michaela Dorfmeister finished the Olympic Games in Nagano with silver in the Super-G.
- 2000: Renate Götschl wins the overall World Cup and the small crystal globe in Super-G. The overall standings at the giant slalom goes to Michaela Dorfmeister.
- 2002: the overall World Cup victory goes to Michaela Dorfmeister.
As of February 25, 2007, Blizzard placed 10th in the overall World Cup points standings.
In 2010, Reinfried Herbst wins on the new Blizzard Ski the Slalom World Cup and gets the small crystal globe.
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