It is with great sadness that FIS learned of the passing of Austrian Karl Koller (100) on Saturday 26th October 2019.
Koller was a member of the Kitzbüheler Ski Club and won the Hahnenkamm Combined in 1946. He subsequently founded the world-renowned Ski School "Red Devils from Kitz", which he led for 25 years. Koller was a role model for the skiing world and with his innovative ideas on ski instructing, he formed the heart of ski teaching in Kitzbuehel.
Karl Koller was born on 16 April 1919 as the youngest of 10 children in Kitzbühel. Even as a young boy he was fascinated with skiing, which determined his career significantly – first as a racer, then as a ski school instructor in Kitzbühel followed by taking the chair of the Austrian Ski Instructors Association. Karl Koller put his life, heart and soul on the "two boards that mean the world to me".
FIS would like to express its deepest condolences to the whole Kitzbüheler community, the Austrian Ski Federation and all family members, friends and loved ones of Karl Koller.