Ski-racer Egon Zimmermann (1939-2019) celebrated the most prestigious victories of his time:
1962/1963 among others:
World Champion and bronze medal winner in Charmonix
Downhill- and combination winner in Megève
Downhill and combination winner at the Hahnenkamm
Awarded with the „Skieur d’Or“
1964 among others:
Downhill winner at the Lauberhorn in WengenOlympic gold medalist at the Patscherkofel in Innsbruck
Egon - were you born as a racer?
As a born Lecher, I discovered the enthusiasm to skiing quite late.
I was already 7 years old when I went on my first ski tour with my father. From this day on I never looked back. After winning the first school races I was fascinated by the ski sport. I started my training in Portillo situated in the high Andes of Chile, where I celebrated my first international victories. At the same time, to please my parents, I built the foundation for my later career and completed a cooks apprenticeship in France.
Speed not only brought fortune
I was at the beginning of a great career after the world champion title 1962 and my Olympic win 1964 in Innsbruck. The fascination of speed took its price and in 1964 I had a massive car accident and never reached my previous level of performance. 1968 I handed in my official resignation in ski sport and committed myself to Hotel Kristberg which was built in 1966.
What are the similarities between a top sportsman and the hotelier?
Both "jobs" require one's full dedication plus an exceptional amount of engagement and an honest pleasure to be with people. I am only satisfied when my guests feel comfortable and make the hotel their home-from-home. I enjoy the pleasure of welcoming guests who have been coming to the Kristberg for 40 years. They value the luxurious comfort but at the same time enjoy the sporty, fun and easygoing atmosphere.