Blizzard Sport

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Blizzard Sport GmbH
Subsidiary of Tecnica Group
IndustrySnowsports
Founded1945
Headquarters
Mittersill, Salzburg
,
Austria
ProductsSki equipment
ParentTecnica Group Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.blizzard-ski.com

Blizzard is a division of the Tecnica Group and is specialized in the manufacturing of Austrian alpine ski, based in Mittersill, Salzburg, Austria.

History[edit]

Blizzard was established in 1945 by Anton Arnsteiner ("der Toni"), as he returned home from the second world war, in the family joinery workshop,[1] 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[2][3][4][5] and 2007, respectively. Sales of Blizzard skis are now completely integrated in the sale organization of Tecnica Group.

Alpine racing[edit]

Klammer Franz racing with Blizzard skis

Blizzard's presence on the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit is represented by several racers, including Austrian Reinfried Herbst and Japanese racer Akira Sasaki.

Throughout the years, Blizzard won many awards with its skiers team:

As of February 25, 2007, Blizzard placed 10th in the overall World Cup points standings.[6]

In March 2007, Blizzard announced that former World Cup racer and US Pro Tour champion Bernhard Knauss would be taking over as Blizzard's race manager.[7]

In 2010, Reinfried Herbst wins on the new Blizzard Ski the Slalom World Cup and gets the small crystal globe.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Blizzard won the first Olympic gold medal in the men's slalom won by Mario Matt and a victory in the Freeride World Tour by Loic Collomb-Patton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FAQ's from Blizzard Sport USA – blizzardsportusa.com Archived 2015-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Blizzard geht an italienische Tecnica". Der Standard. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ Ski Racing - Tecnica Group acquires Austrian ski maker Blizzard
  4. ^ "FREESKIER Magazine". Archived from the original on 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  5. ^ "Tecnica Group Acquires Ski Maker Blizzard :: First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine :: The ski and snowboard world at your keyboard". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  6. ^ Ski Racing - Atomic leads FIS alpine brand rankings
  7. ^ "Blizzard Ski - Blizzard Announces New Race Manager". Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-01-28.

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