After 31 years at the helm of the Austrian Ski Federation (OSV), Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel stepped down as the President. The end of the era came at the OSV General Assembly today when Schröcksnadel’s successor, Karl Schmidhofer was elected.
Despite his retirement from the OSV, Schröcksnadel will remain active with FIS. He was recently re-elected for another term with the FIS Council, a role he has held since 2002.
“I have known Peter for 25 years and much of the success of the Austrian Ski Federation stems from his hard work, passion and vision for the sport.” I have seen this with my own eyes, and on behalf of FIS we would like to congratulate Peter on his extra-ordinary achievements. We are fortunate that FIS can benefit from his great wealth of experience as we move ahead into our next era” said FIS President Johan Eliasch.
During his Presidency, the Austrians enjoyed unparalleled success on the snow, especially in the nation’s golden discipline, Alpine, where it won the Nation’s Cup 29 times during Schröcksnadel’s three-decade career. Additionally, under his leadership, OSV became one of the most commercially successful Ski Federations.
Schröcksnadel said in an interview with the Kleine Zeitung, “when I took over it was financially difficult. The racing organization wasn’t the responsibility of the OSV, but rather the ski clubs. It was a difficult time, but every year we managed to improve a little.”
Away from the OSV, Schröcksnadel is well-known as a very successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and owner of Sitour Produktions, and is the owner of several ski areas.