This Wednesday 25 January 2017 is not just a special day for the Crans-Montana Alpine Ski Organisation Committee, but also for all ski fans on the Valais Haut Plateau. It was exactly 40 years ago to the day that Crans-Montana welcomed its first FIS Ski World Cup. The winner was the Austrian skier Brigitte Totschnig, ahead of the German Evi Mittermaier and the Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll. The Swiss placed 4th with Marie-Theres Nadig, 7th with Bernadette Zurbriggen and 10th with Marlies Oberholzer.
The track record of the winner back in the day, Brigitte Totschnig, (now 63 years old), from Filzmoos in Salzburgerland, is quite remarkable. To name but a few of her victories; silver medal for the Olympic Downhill in Innsbruck 1976, eight World Cup victories and two Downhill World Cups. She is married to Walter Habersatter junior, the Austrian ex- ski jumper. Now a hotelier, she puts her heart into running her own establishment, the Aparthôtel Olympia, in the little village of Filzmoos, where charm and a warm welcome are key. www.aparthotel-olympia.at