Who owns the world's largest company

The après-ski circus: Ischgl

The ski course Mecca: Saalbach-Hinterglemm

As early as 1904, Austrian children were taught to ski in school. In the decades that followed, Saalbach became popular as a holiday destination for winter tourists, without any lifts - until the beginning of the Second World War. A ski lift company was founded in 1945, and from 1946 Saalbach was advertised as a winter sports resort. From the 1950s onwards, tourism focused on ski courses, especially for students from Vienna. World Cup races were held here from the 1970s, and in 1991 the World Cup was a high point in the region's skiing history.

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The corporate structure behind it is complex. The oldest Bergbahnen GmbH (Saalbacher Bergbahnen GmbH), which still exists today, dates back to 1950 and today belongs to 18 private individuals, including, as in other regions, some families (e.g. Breitfuß, Dschulnigg, Eder, Gensbichler and Schwabe), the lifts, Operate hotels and, in some cases, ski rentals. These people or the Saalbacher Bergbahnen own 50 percent of the cable car company BBSH, the remaining 50 percent are owned by the Hinterglemmer Bergbahnen Gesellschaft. Other mountain railways are wholly owned by BBSH. So far, so complex. The fact that Saalbach-Hinterglemm is one of the big players in the ski circuit is obvious and the balance sheet total of 92 million euros in 2016 also shows.

Part of the economic success can still be attributed to the ski courses and the networking with the World Cup circus. In a study by the Ministry of Education (2011), Saalbach came third among the destinations for school ski courses. The World Ski Championships are to take place in Saalbach again in 2023 - provided that the FIS Congress in June 2018 can prevail against the double applications from the French towns of Courchevel and Méribel.