In 1924, Anton Kästle built his first pair of skis in his wainwright workshop in Hohenems, Austria, thus beginning a unique legacy. Over the next decades, Toni Sailer, the Epple sisters, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Tom Stiansen and countless other skiing legends would represent Kästle, in total winning 132 Olympic and World Cup medals and creating a worldwide following along the way. In 1998, Kästle disappeared from the market, abruptly and surprisingly.
In 2007, Kästle returned to the international ski community thanks to an investment group with Rudolf Knünz, once again creating skis that would set the benchmarks for the whole industry: bringing construction technologies from racing and applying them to all-mountain skis, in addition to the development of the revolutionary Hollowtech.
Kästle has always set an impressive standard for industry leaders, and continues to do so, year after year. In 2015, however, Kästle returned to its roots in Hohenems, Austria. History, made in Austria.
In 1924 Anton Kästle produces his first pair of full ash skis in his coaches-workshop in Hohenems, Austria
In 1929 Anton Kästle starts with batch production – at first full ash skis are made in small batches.
From 1937-1939 the top-quality Arlberg Ski is developed that is highly valued by professionals. Due to raw material scarcity the Arlberg Ski cannot be produced any more during World War II.
After the Second World War, the occupying power took over the operation and did not permit any ski production in Hohenems.
With the war over the production of Kästle Skis is resumed.
From 1947 onwards all lines of production are resumed. In 1950 Trude Beiser wins the first gold medal on Kästle skis at the World Championship in Aspen.
Three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Oslo in 1952 make Kästle an internationally known brand.
At the Olympic Games in Cortina in 1956 it is raining medals for Kästle (2x gold for Toni Sailer and another 18 medals on Kästle skis).
Kästle started developing a ski base principle known as CPM (Compound-Plastic-Metal) - the origin of the sandwich construction.
Josef Fischer and his sister Selma Sturmberger take over the Vorarlberg ski factory from Anton Kästle.
Karl Cordin wins the Downhill World Cup with Kästle. The Vorarlberg skier was second in the World Cup Overall the same year.
The Vorarlberg ski factory Kästle located in Hohenems changes into Kästle GmbH.
The "double arrows" (the two arrow logo) appear for the first time and are introduced as a new trademark.
After winning 7 medals, Kästle becomes the most successful ski brand at the Alpine World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Kästle presents the lightest ski in the world. The "Tour Randonée" was developed especially for Ski Mountaineers, like Reinhold Messner.
Liechtensteiner Andreas Wenzel wins the first overall cup for the Hohenems-based brand Kästle Ski.
Pirmin Zurbriggen brings two World Championship titles after the second World Cup win in Bormio.
After 1985, Pirmin Zurbriggen became the double World Champion in 1987 on Kästle skis after another win in Crans Montana.
In addition to 4 gold and 6 silver and bronze medals in Calgary, Kästle also wins a third overall World Cup by Pirmin Zurbriggen.
Anton Kästle, the company founder with whom the Kästle story began, dies on 19 October.
The Austrian ski brand changes ownership. Italian textile and fashion company Benetton acquires Kästle.
Kjetil-Andre Aamodt (Alpine Combined) and Tom Stiansen (Slalom) win two gold medals on Kästle skis at the World Ski Championships in Sestriere.
The Kästle cult brand disappears from the market to the surprise of many brand followers and ski enthusiasts.
In 2007 the brand celebrates a brilliant comeback with an investor group around Vorarlberg man, Rudolf Knünz.
The revolutionary Hollowtech technology is introduced. The ski of the Comeback collection earns award after award at various international ski tests.
Chris Davenport climbs and skis the four classic alpine peaks: Eiger, Matterhorn, Mt. Blanc and Monte Rosa on Kästle Skis, all within 10 days.
Eight different models, including the completely new FX model line, are offered again on the market by Kästle.
Kästle Freeride models are equipped with the new Early Rise technology, which provides more float and easier turn initiation.
Kästle relocates its headquarters back to where everything began, Hohenems, Austria.
Lorraine Huber from Lech am Arlberg brings home the World Champion title for Kästle after winning 5 events of the Freeride World Tour.
The Czech company ConsilSport is the new majority owner of Kästle. Together with the new partner, Kästle will increase its product portfolio, expand into new markets and strengthen its global brand positioning.
Picture: Bernd Knünz, Tomas Nemec, Rudolf Knünz, Vladimir Dusanek