Kneissl Milestones

100 YEARS OF INNOVATION & ACHIEVEMENT

Kniessl, the oldest and most innovative Austrian ski brand in the world has notched up an impressive array of achievements in the last hundred years. From becoming the first registered ski brand in Austria in 1919, to having our skis dominate at a wide range of sporting events… to contributing to the continual advancement of ski technology and sponsoring the very best in new and upcoming talent.

1862

1862

Formation of the company – originally founded as a “wooden carriage workshop”.

1900

1900

The first skis are built in Kufstein by hand

1919

1919

Franz Kneissl I. started the 1st serial production of alpine skis in Austria. Kneissl ist the first registered ski brand in Austria

1936

1936

The 1st ski with “Kneissl Splitkein” conquered the market.

1950

1950

The 1st multicoloured ski on the market – made by Kneissl – was a design revolution. Kneissl is the most successful ski brand at the Ski World Championship in Aspen with 3 out of 6 possible gold medals. Almost all members of the Austrian national team had Kneissl skis.

1960

1960

After several years research, the 1st synthetic ski with a “sandwich construction” is introduced to the market. A new era in ski-construction begins.

1975

1975

Kneissl is the most successful ski brand at the nordic Ski World Championship in Falun. This impressive feat confirms the breakthrough success of the newly developed “Injection” technology in ski manufacturing.

1991

1991

Kneissl invents the “Big Foot” – the best selling product in the history of alpine skiing.

1992

1992

Kneissl invents the world’s 1st carving ski, the “Kneissl ERGO”, and in so helps to revive the ski market from a depression.

2005

2005

Kneissl presents its ”Glide Technology” – the 1st ski with six “edges”

2015

2015

The JJW Group acquires 100% of Kneissl