The history of skiing...
In the past decades, Christian Lingenhöle, as the operator of a sports shop, has built up an extensive collection of historical skis. After his retirement, he devoted himself even more intensively to this activity and this created the basis of the Vorarlberg FIS Ski Museum in Damüls.
The permanent exhibition of the Ski Museum focuses on three areas. Starting with the beginnings of skiing in Scandinavia, important Vorarlberg ski pioneers are presented. A second focus is on ski production. The fact that Vorarlberg is a state with a great racing tradition is proven by the long list of medals won by racing skiers at the Winter Olympics and World Ski Championships. All these successful athletes are present in the exhibition along with some objects. In addition to these three focal points, the display area offers a comprehensive insight into the Lingenhöle Collection.
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In addition to historic skis, the focus is also on various equipment and memorabilia, clothing, photographs, literature and documents. Some curiosities illustrate the way in which past generations have experimented with skiing. A library and a historical archive are currently being built. Any information and objects will be accepted.
From 1950 until his death in 1999, Reinhold Simma, who came from the Bregenzerwald, was the last pastor of Damüls. Together with his cook Mian, he was also the last to live in the vicarage of Damüls. Father Simma is still remembered by many people in Damüls and far beyond. He was a formative personality of the place, which influenced some developments, not least in tourism. At the same time, Simma was a pugnacious figure who did not avoid conflict. His extensive estate is in the archives of the Diocese of Feldkirch. It is the basis for an exhibition that will be implemented from summer 2021 on the 2nd floor of the Pfarrhof Damüls. In addition, people come to the place who have maintained a special relationship with Father Simma.
Opening times from mid-June - mid-October & mid-December - mid-April:
Tuesday and Friday from 14.00 - 17.00
free entry (voluntary donation)
Groups on request