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Legacy: Austria's Influence on American Skiing
February 21, 2015  
Austria's Influence on American Skiing

Austria's Influence on American Skiing / Hannes Schneider and His Disciples (1890-1940). This film traces the early history of Alpine skiing in America and the influence of the Austrians.

In St. Anton, Austria, Hannes proved that all that was to be the ski industry was possible. There he started one of the world’s first ski schools and ski shops, starred in some of the first ski movies ever made (which received considerable international attention and acclaim), and developed hia now famous Arlberg ski and ski teaching techniques. The effect of his many talents and activities raised the international profile of skiing, which in turn led to growing interest and participation in alpine skiing and culture throughout the world, particularly America, where with his blessing some of his instructors were recruited to teach. With the Nazi takeover of their beloved Austria, Hannes, a staunch pro-Austrian nationalist, fled to the Americas. There he joined many of his self-proclaimed disciples, who were already teaching at, leading, and developing some of the Americas first ski resorts: Peckett’s on Sugar Hill, as well as Black Mountain and Mt. Cranmore in New Hampshire, Stowe, Vermont, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest, Sun Valley, Idaho, and Badger Pass, and Sugar Bowl in California.


Austria's Influence on American Skiing / Hannes Schneider and His Disciples (1890-1940) was produced by Ian Scully

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