A success lasting 48 years
Eleven young and daring men founded the Obereggen Ski Lift Association and went door-to-door during their time off to collect initial capital for the creation of a new ski area. The ski area will create jobs, so they promised, and the majestic Latemar will become the attraction in the region. Many people agreed with the young men, but others just shook their head. A ski area, in Obereggen of all places? In this secluse, sleepy village with only one 20-bed guest house? Get real!
47 years later: welcome to the Latemar Ski Center, a dream come true. Slopes as far as the eye can see (48 km), 18 state-of-the-art lift facilities, countless ski huts and plenty of sun, to boot. It has become a model tourism resort and is a member of the ‘Pearls of the Alps’. The project of the 11 ski pioneers became a ski resort which, over the years, has constantly been commended by a raft of independent bodies for its best groomed slopes. There’s no other award a ski area could wish for more! It also speaks volumes that every year, at the start of the skiing season, Obereggen hosts the most traditional European Skiing Race in the world, with an annual turnout at the starting line which makes all other European Cups green with envy. 47 years in which Obereggen was always ahead of time. Its innovative solutions include the ever first connection to the Pampeago ski resort during the mid-70s, the big splash made at the start of the 80s by testing snow making machines when artificial snow was barely a concept, and the construction of the new Maierl slope a couple of years ago. Today, Obereggen counts as one of the most beloved ski areas in the whole region.
- 1970 Eleven young men from the Eggental Valley founded Obereggen, a public limited company. The first ski lift facility, the Eben, and the double chairlift, Oberholz, are inaugurated in the
- 1972-1973 winter season.
- 1975 Obereggen and the Latemar Ski Center are connected to Pampeago and Predazzo with four new lift facilities. They also become members of the Dolomiti Superski Ski Association.
- 1982 The first snow cannon with water reservoir is put to use. All slopes have been covered by artificial snow since 1989.
- 1985 The first automatic four-chairlift in Italy becomes operational and replaces the Absam-Maierl double chairlift.
- 1987 The first fixed grips, four-chairlift with passenger conveyor belt in Italy, the Obereggen, becomes operational.
- 1997 A new building is inaugurated at the valley station in Obereggen. As are the Bar-Restaurant-Pizzeria Platzl and the Aprés Ski Club Tipi.
- 2000 Night-time skiing and sleighing by floodlight are built, together with the inauguration of the new Ochsenweide gondola lift.
- 2005 The Absam Maierl four-chairlift is replaced by an automatic six-chairlift; the new scenic slope, the Maierl, is inaugurated.
- 2007 A green biomass heating plant is opened in Obereggen and replaces 500,000 litres of liquid fuel a year. (Obereggen AG has been an ISO-certified 14001 company since 2004).
- 2009 The sleigh slope is expanded. A snow cannon is added to the slope.
- 2011 A new Service Centre is inaugurated at the valley station in Obereggen; 1,000 m² dedicated to ski hire, a ski depot and a ski maintenance workshop. The ski and snowboard school, the Monny sport store, the race office and other services are improved and expanded.
- 2014 A night-time snow park with jibline is opened next to the Obereggen slope. Floodlights light up the area.
- 2016 New Oberholz alpine hut 2.096 meters above sea-level. New Laner Telemix Combi-Lift (chairlift+gondolas) and new Absam tobogganing course. Reshaping the terrain and new structures in the Obereggen Snow Park