It is with deep regret and profound sadness that I shall announce the passing of a dear friend and the co-founder of
swissskimuseum.com. Luzi Hitz was a kind soul and very popular throughout the world for his historical contribution
to the heritage of skiing in Switzerland.
It was my great honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with Luzi and today, I am not only sad about losing a close friend,
but also sad for the skiing world who has lost an exceptional individual with priceless and invaluable knowledge expressed
through his many skiing history articles.
I also wish to offer his family my deepest and most sincere condolences.
You still have the possibility to buy the book “Lebendige Erinnerungen” (Living Memories) from most likely the best ski racer of all times, Karl Molitor (1920-2014). Even though at his time fewer disciplines and races where held (and practically no internationally ones during WWII) he won 23 times in all disciplines:
· Lauberhorn DH 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1947
· Lauberhorn SL 1940, 1948
· Lauberhorn COMB 1940, 1946, 1948
· Swiss Champion DH 1939, 1946
· Swiss Champion SL 1942, 1946, 1948
· Swiss Champion COMB 1945, 1946, 1948
· Grand Prix of Megève DH 1939
· Grand Prix of Megève SL & COMB 1942
· Far West Kandahar race Oernköldsvik, 1944
· American Ski Championships DH, SL, COMB, 1947
· As well as Olympic silver COMB and bronze DH in St. Moritz, 1948
“Lebendige Erinnerungen” is available (in German) at the Molitor Shop in Wengen (Tel 033 855 2131) or email (CHF 29.00 + postage)
"Skiing History" magazine which is the bimonthly journal & official publication of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) has paid tribute to Luzi Hitz who is Switzerland's most read ski historian & co-founder of swissskimuseum.com.
Luzi & I spent an enjoyable afternoon with Hanspeter Streule in Villars reminiscing about the years when Streule was a household nameamong skiers. Besides Attenhofer, Schwendener, & Authier, Streule were among the last of popular Swiss ski manufacturers.
Hanspeter Streule in his private "Streule Ski" museum. His collection ranges from 1938 to 1996
Thanks to several sponsors (Raiffeisen Bank Schweiz, Toko & Seilbahnen Schweiz) we will soon be starting the translation of our website into German & French which should be completed in late soon. As we start these translations, we hope that a few other sponsors from the Swiss ski industry will also be supporting this project.
As the Swiss Ski Museum website is the reference for the history of skiing and manufacturers in Switzerland the Ski Lift Nostalgie website (www.skilift-nostalgie.ch) is the equivalent in photos of all types of Swiss ski lifts. Jakob Schuler from Orpund (Bern) is a passionate collector, historian and model builder. Among his many creations is a 1:10 scaled model of the "Niederschlacht" T-Bar from Braunwald built in 1941. His website (in German) offers a vast collection of ski lift photos.
A new book on the history of ski bindings is now available.
After several years of research, Jürg Hess has recently published the book "Ski Bindings in the Course of Time from the Beginning to 1940". This bound book (large format, 208 pages) which is written in German describes approximately 200 bindings, most of them with illustrations and patents. The index with all the bindings, their chronology, the literature directory as well as the list of other patents is very helpful. The book can be ordered for CHF 48.00 excluding postage costs from Jürg Hess, Bad Ragaz (Tel. 079 616 7885 or email@example.com)
swissskimuseum.com is looking for collaborators. If you are passionate about the history of skiing in Switzerland and would like to help out with the further development of this website (articles, photo essays, marketing, sponsorship & fundraising) please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org