Just like other mountain valleys in Tyrol,
also Val Senales has its skiing pioneers.

The first skiers came to the valley after World War I. While first there were just a few, gradually more people became interested in skiing. Between the two world wars the very first ski tourists arrived to Val Senales; in 1933, around 15 guests stayed at a mountain inn in Maso Corto. In the winter of 1934-35, Hermann Gurschler kept the refuge "Schöne Aussicht" open for skiers for the first time. In the following years there came more, and therefore Hermann Gurschler employed two fixed in-house instructors, Hias Kofler and Anton Tumler. They cared for his skiing guests, and thus were the first instructors in the valley.

Also the Similaun Refuge housed ski touring guests; the brothers Luis and Sepp Platzgummer lead their guests to the snowy peaks of the Ötztal Alps. A second generation of young instructors came along, Rainer Hermann and Adalbert Gurschler passed their skiing skills on to countless winter guests. Often they were not only working as ski instructors, but also as mountain guides.

After the founding of the Ski Club Val Senales (1951), the skiing sport became socially acceptable in the valley. This resulted into a lot of young, talented skiers. With no difficulty several young men passed the ski instructors exam of the Italian Winter Sports Federation (F.I.S.I.): Gurschler Luis, Raffeiner Luis, Gamper Konrad, Gurschler Otto, Gamper Karl, Rainer Walter, Gurschler Max, Santer Sepp, Rainer Erich, Rainer Leo, Rainer Luis. The official founding of the ski school Val Senales dates back to the year 1967. The founders were Gurschler Luis, Raffeiner Luis and Gamper Konrad.

The first female ski instructors were long in coming; in 1994, Raffeiner Andrea passed the exam, followed in 1997 by Rainer Charlotte. On the whole, today we count more than twenty qualified ski and snowboard instructors in our community Val Senales. And we can be proud of it!

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Maso Corto 10
39020 Schnals | Südtirol
Tel. +39 0473 662170
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