The 1989 Vail Super G World Champion is still an avid skier. He has skied on slopes from four continents. From his point of view the Silvretta Ski Arena Samnaun Ischgl is one of the best 3 ski areas in the world.

From Bettina Notter

During the winter season Martin is very busy with business. To switch off and recharge his batteries, he takes a few hours off 2-3 times a week and, together with his wife Lies, devotes himself to his great passion, skiing. You can often find him with regular customers or friends on the slopes. Martin loves skiing in a group with like-minded people.

Martin is enthusiastic about the Silvretta Ski Arena, he knows the facts down to the last detail and goes into raptures when he shows guests the dimensions of the ski area:

  • 45 most modern mountain railways and lifts 
  • 239 kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes
  • Guaranteed snow from November to the beginning of May thanks to the altitude of the Ski Area up to almost 3000 m above sea level and modern snow-making facilities
  • Ski runs up to 11 km long
  • 85 slopes and runs, of which 24% blue, 47% red and 29% black, 
  • a skiing area for beginners, pleasure skiers and excellent skiers

Martin's Tip: The smugglers' round GOLD; on the tracks of the smugglers skiers explore the border area. With 37.2 km of slopes and 6870 meters of altitude difference, the round is quite demanding.

Int. OVO Grand Prix Sils Maria 1974 

Martin Hangl on the podium with Marc Girardelli, the two are still close friends today.

"You need passion, commitment and a sporty, family-like environment."

Martin Hangl inherited his enthusiasm for skiing and the corresponding talent from his mother Caroline Hangl-Prinz. She was the first woman to complete the training as a patented ski instructor in Samnaun.

As a child Martin Hangl spent every free minute with his local ski colleagues at the Clus-Lift and the Musella-Lift. There he acquired the technical equipment for his later skiing career.

Even though the talent for skiing lies in the family, Martin Hangl never had the dream or the goal to start in the World Cup as a child and teenager. To compete with like-minded people and the friendships in the children's and youth squads were the greatest thing for him. He is still in active contact with many racing colleagues today.

"Through my activities in the sports shops in Samnaun and Ischgl, winter sports and skiing have remained a central point in my life to this day."

"With starting number 1, I succeeded in an aggressive, courageous and faultless ride. If you stay in the lead with #1, it's a long wait and a tremor until all the favorites finish."

The joy in the family and among the villagers was immense. The ski destination Samnaun had its first world champion.

From 1981 to 1991 Martin Hangl competed in all disciplines of the World Cup. He took part in 4 world championships and one Olympic Games. This resulted in 8 podium places in the World Cup, of which 3 victories: 2 Super-G and 1 Giant Slalom.

After serious injuries and several operations Martin Hangl retired from ski racing in 1991.

The transition to working life

It was always clear for Martin Hangl to return to Samnaun after his retirement from top-class sport and to join the family business.

"The entry into the family business was very demanding. Unfortunately I had to realize that I lacked the education, knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship and management. Above all, I had to acquire industry and management knowledge. I benefited from my perseverance and stamina, my passion and commitment from top-class sport."

In 1991 he graduated as a ski instructor and then trained as a ski school director. In 1993 he took over the management of Hangl's Sport und Mode. In 1996 the Hangl siblings opened two sport and fashion shops in Ischgl, for which Martin Hangl is jointly responsible. In 2002 the Hangl family founded the 1st Swiss Ski and Snowboard School. Martin Hangl has been in charge of the ski school ever since.

Enthusiasm for the winter destination Samnaun

Martin Hangl can look back with pleasure on 11 years of board work at Samnaun Tourism. At the same time Martin Hangl was also an OC member of various winter and summer events, which had the aim of generating overnight stays in the off-peak periods and to make the destination Samnaun better known internationally.

Martin Hangl was significantly involved in the following events, among others

- Swiss Snow Happening - Swiss Ski Instructor Championships 2013
- WASC - World Airlines Championship 2015
- ISIA Ski Instructor World Championships 2017
- Mountain Guide World Championships 2018
- annual European championships in formation driving since 2015
- annual International Silvretta Student Cup since 2003

Samnaun Winter's Tale

Mystical winter moods have enchanted Martin Hangl since his childhood.

He goes into raptures when he describes the journey from the still autumnal Engadine to the winterly Samnaun. Within the shortest time one conquers 900 height metres over the narrow and winding mountain road and reaches the deep winter Samnaun valley.

The Samnaun snow world touches his soul. Mountains and trees are snow-covered, in the soundless winter landscape we hear only the crunch of our own steps in the snow. Technique and speed have changed, but the mountains remain mountains, the mountain people remain down to earth.

"Snow landscapes enchant us with magical moments and attract many people not only for snow sports in the mountains, but also for just being there.

Nothing more stands in the way of the experience of the winter fairytale Samnaun.

Martin Hangl today

Together with four siblings Martin Hangl is the owner of various companies in Samnaun and Ischgl (AT). He is managing director of Hangl's Sport und Mode in Samnaun and Ischgl and of the 1st Swiss Ski and Snowboard School. With his wife Lies he has three adult daughters, Seraina, Patricia and Sarah. The compatibility of partnership, family, career, friendships and hobbies are very important to him.

"I have been with my wife Lies for 36 years and we have been married for 28 years. We are a well-functioning team in all areas. She is my very best friend."

Bettina Notter

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