Ski-legend Ernst Falch

Born in 1939, Ernst first strapped on a pair of skis at the age of six. By 1956 he had become Austrian Youth Champion in slalom and finished second in Alpine Skiing Combined. Just two years later, he also experienced international success: In 1958, he won the giant slalom competition in Cortina d’Ampezzo and in 1959 he came in an outstanding 4th place at the Hahnenkamm Slalom in Kitzbühl. An additional highlight of his career was his participation in the Ski World Championship in Chamonix (1962).

Victories

  • Giant slalom at the Coppa Franchetti in Cortina d’Ampezzo 1958
  • Slalom at the Vitranc-Cup in Kranjska Gora 1961
  • Slalom and Giant Slalom at the Toni-Mark Memorial Race in Zell am See and Saalfelden 1962
  • Slalom at the Grand Prix de Megève 1962
  • Slalom in Spittal an der Drau 1963
  • Giant Slalom im Libanon 1964


Sporting success

  • Ski racer as part of the Austrian National Team until 1964
  • Amongst the world’s best slalom skiers of his time
  • In spite of many bad injuries, he returned to the national team time and again
  • Started the World Championship in Chamonix 1962 and managed to finish 6th despite a bad crash Winner of numerous international races
  • Trainer for the English Women’s National Team
  • Trainer for the Austrian Ski Association

A brief picture gallery

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