BLIZZARD STORY
SuccessfulL Since 1945
1945
1954
1957
1960
1963
1968
1973
1980
1983
1985
1989
1992
1994
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2006
2008
2010
2012
2014
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1945

wszystko rozpoczęło się w 1945 roku. Wówczas Toni ARNSTEINER wyprodukował pierwsze narty w zakładach w Mittersill w Austrii. 

1953

W 1953 r. zarejestrowano znak handlowy “Blizzard Ski”, odtąd  nastąpił stały rozwój firmy i wzrost sprzedaży. 

1954

The later Olympic Champion Ernst Hinterseer wins his first races on Blizzard skis.

1954

Blizzard is the first ski manufacturer to use a polyethylene (kofix)-base and to achieve a sensational success with these skis.

1955

The firm “Blizzard Ski Fabrik” has a staff of 25 employees. Administration vacancies are occupied by clerks.

1957

Toni Arnsteiner starts experimental series for the production of skis from epoxy-fiberglass and metal. The first extension of the workshop is carried out.

1958

The first World Championship on Blizzard skis. Swiss born Frieda Dänzer wins the Alpine-3-Combination. Roger Staub wins Silver in Giant Slalom, Jean Vuarnet (France) wins Bronze in Downhill.

1960

The staff is comprised of over 100 employees. Blizzard metal-ski serial production begins.

1962

Marianne, Jahn, Erika Netzer, Christl Haas – a sensational triumpf on Blizzard skis: 3 x victory and Gold in the World Championship (Downhill, Slalom and Giant Slalom in Chamonix). A Silver Medal in Giant Slalom is won with the new epoxy fiberglass ski (Super Epoxi).

1963

Outbreak of fire destroys part of the Blizzard ski factory. The production figures can only be maintained under very difficult conditions.

1964

Gold again at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck for Christl Haas (Downhill)

1968

A medal is won from Christl Haas during the Olympic Games in Grenoble.

1968

Under the strictest security measures the first skis with polyurethane-core are tested.

1970

300 employees, further extension of the factory is mandatory.

1973

Hansi HINTERSEER and Monika KASERER win the giant slalom in the World Cup

1973

Blizzard Firebird

A superior result of our racers and technicians. The perefect ski for SL and GS racers and high performance skiers

Dynamic, snappy, fast – a masterpiece of Blizzard!

1974

Set-up and start of production in new factory, in the course of the next 12 months 360,000 pairs of skis are manufactured in the new plant. The annual maximum capacity is about 500,000 pairs.

1974

Günter Arnsteiner Jr. becomes an associate. The firm continues to be a 100% family enterprise. 600 employees.

1980

After six years of development and research expenditure of around 30 million Austrian schillings (about 2.18 million euros), Blizzard presents a legendary world first: Blizzard Thermo – the first temperature-controlled ski from Austria

1981

Marie-Therese NADIG wins the overall World Cup and downhill World Cup in the 1980/81 season on Blizzard Thermo-Skis

1983

From the Thermoskis to the Quattro-Skis.

Blizzard Quattro
raises a storm – the Thermo ski with automatic downhill feature. The world success story: Franz KLAMMER wins the overall World Cup, making Blizzard the most successful brand in the men‘s downhill World Cup 1982/83

1984

Legendary! The triple victory in the downhill event in Kitzbühel:

  • Franz Klammer
  • Erwin Resch
  • Anton Steiner
1985

Across - the - board World Cup triumph! At the World Cup downhill event in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Blizzard dominates skiing once again:

  • Karl Alpiger
  • Peter Müller
  • Stefan Niederseer
  • Anton "Jimmy" Steiner
1985

Prestige ski with international reputation

The Blizzard ski with „quattro automatic“ – For skiers who love innovative products with spezial advanteges.

  • cold, hard piste – better edgegrip
  • warm, soft piste – better, smoother ride
  • Downhill ski = raceski with enormous stability
  • Uphill ski = easy turning ski
1987

Blizzard Thermo

1987 a new ski development generation has started! High Tech materials are used in ski constructions and are main parts of the new Thermo Technology.

Titanal, Kevlar, Carbon  are parts of this very spezial product mix.

This sophisticated construction and technology cannot be beaten!

1989

Peter MÜLLER and Karl ALPIGER dominate the downhill event at the World Championships in Vail with silver and bronze

1991

Blizzard V 20 Absorber
The ski of the 90's

The Blizzard R&D team has not rested! A new innovative quantum leap has been realized!

1992

Petra KRONBERGER achieves three consecutive victories in the ladies‘ overall World Cup

1993

WM-GOLD in Morioka: Miriam VOGT in the combination, Karin BUDER in the slalom

1993

Blizzard Absorber Technologie

The patented Absorber Technologie absorbs negative impacts and vibrations – yet the dynamics of the ski are completely maintained.

1994

Olympic Games in Lillehammer: Christian MAYER wins bronze in the giant slalom

1994

V 30 FTA

The first ski on the market where you can adjust the ride characteristics simply with a coin.

  • very hard for extremely precise edgegripp
  • medium = neutral
  • soft = comfortable
1997

Renate GÖTSCHL wins the downhill World Cup and a gold medal in the combination at the World Championships in Sestriere

1998

Silver for Michaela DORFMEISTER at the Winter Olympics in Nagano

1999

The no. 1 in ladies‘ skiing! At the World Championships, 6 out of 13 Austrian medals go to Blizzard! The legendary triple victory in the downhill event

1999

Sigma Revolutionary

The characteristic longitudinal profile gives perfect power transmission. Runnig stability, edgehold and less fatigue skiing are guaranteed.

2000

Renate GÖTSCHL wins the overall World Cup 1999/00, followed by Michaela DORFMEISTER

2000

TX Titanium Kompressor

2001

Michaela DORFMEISTER wins gold in the downhill at the World Championships in St. Anton

2001

SIGMA NEW

The Sigma Technology has been further developed! Power transmitters assure perfect steering and exact turn initiation

2002

Michaela Dorfmeister wins the overall World Cup 2001/02.

2003

World Championship gold in the Super-G in St. Moritz for Michaela DORFMEISTER

2004

Victory for Werner FRANZ in the World Cup downhill event in Val d‘Isere

2004

Margarita MARBLER finishes 3rd in the overall World Cup for the mogul. Michaela DORFMEISTER wins bronze in the World Cup Super-G

2005

SIGMA X-Pressor

The SIGMA X-Pressor System consists of

  • SIGMA X-Core
  • SIGMA Profil
  • SIGMA Impuls-Transmitter
2006

A quantum leap in ski technology: Blizzard presents IQ a completely new system that transforms ski & binding into a homogeneous unit.

2006

Reinfried HERBST celebrates his first World Cup victory and a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Turin

2006

Walter LACKNER wins gold in the Paralympic Super-G and bronze in the downhill

2006

In October 2006 Blizzard becomes part of the Tecnica-Group. This strategic partnership brings great advantages to both companies right from the beginning.

2007

The IQ system is introduced to over 70% of the collection with revolutionary new features like Freeride-IQ and Junior-IQ, making the system binding accessible to all target groups

2007

Marcel Hirscher wins Gold

The young Blizzard racer Marcel Hirscher wins the gold medal at the FIS Junior World Championships in Altenmarkt/Zauchensee

2008

Marcel Hirscher is double World Champion

After his gold medal at the Slalom, Marcel Hirscher also wins the Giant Slalom at the FIS Junior World Championships at Formigal/Spain.

2008

2 World Cup victories for Reinfried Herbst

Reinfried Herbst caped his successful season with a victory at the World Cup Slalom in Bormio/World Cup Final. He also won the World Cup Slalom in Garmisch Partenkirchen one month before.

2009

Reinfried Herbst wins his first race in Austria – the legendary Nightrace in Schladming

2010

European Ski Award "Ski Hardware" 2010

For the first time in company history Blizzard got the European Ski Awar ("ispo Award") for the R-Power Full Suspension IQ.

2010

Reinfried Herbst wins Slalom Overall Worldcup

Blizzard Athlet Reinfried Herbst from Unken wins the Slalom Overall Worldcup with the new material from Mittersill

2011

European Ski Award "Ski Hardware" 2011

Blizzard got the European Ski Award ("ispo Award") for the Cochise.

2011

Mario Matt is the best Austrian Slalom-racer of the whole season.

2012

Gold Medal at the FIS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS for Blizzard! Paloniemi Santeri (1993 - FIN) wins the Men's Slalom at the FIS Junior World Championship 2012 in Roccaraso (ITA).

2013

Romed Baumann won the bronze medal in the super combined at the World Championships in Schladming.

2013

Mario Matt won the bronze medal in slalom at the World Championships in Schladming.

 

2013

Toni Arnsteiner, founder of Blizzard died in August shortly after his 88th birthday. Until the end his house stayed next to the factory, where he has been very busy with the skisport and „his skies“.

2013

The only 19 year old Stephanie Venier showed that she is a specialist in the Super-G. In February 2013, she crowed herself to the Super-G World Junior Champion.

2014

This is the ultimate highlight of a long and successful career! Blizzard & Tecnica athlete Mario Matt (AUT) wins the gold medal at the Olympic slalom race in Sochi. 

2014

At the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships 2014 in Jasna (SVK) Blizzard & Tecnica racers have been extremely fast again. With Stephanie Venier (20) from Oberperfuss (AUT / Tyrol) on the second rank and Rosina Schneeberger (20) from Hippach (AUT / Tyrol) on the third, Blizzard & Tecnica won a double-podium in Super-G!

2014

Our Blizzard racer Anna Schaffelhuber (21) dominated the Paralympic sit-ski competitions. Five starts - five gold medals!

2014

Andrea Rothfuss (24) won the gold medal in Paralympic Slalom (standing) as well as two silver medals in Giant Slalom and Super Combined.

2014

Loic Collomb-Patton is Freeride World Champion! 

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