In a groundbreaking step, the Lech Ing. Bildstein GmbH ski lifts and Rüfikopf Seilbahn AG have merged to form the new Lech Bergbahnen AG. This future-oriented decision by the owners marks the beginning of a comprehensive restructuring and sends a clear signal for the positive further development of Lech Zürs and the Arlberg. The merger process was deliberately designed to allow further integrations.
At the Hotel Krone in Lech, Florian Moosbrugger, chairman of the supervisory board of the new Lech Bergbahnen AG, welcomed more than 70 invited guests, including valued partners, representatives of organizations, Alps and neighboring communities, to the first New Year's reception of the recently founded mountain railway company. He emphasized that collaboration with these stakeholders makes a significant contribution to shared success.
Furthermore, Florian Moosbrugger expressed his gratitude to the departing managing directors and board members TR DI Michael Manhart, Paul Pfefferkorn and Mag. Christoph Pfefferkorn. Each of them has contributed in their own individual way to making Lech Zürs and the Arlberg an outstanding ski destination.
Klaus Nußbaumer, who has been the sole director of Lech Bergbahnen AG since January 1, 2024, took the opportunity to introduce himself personally and give an outlook on the future of the new mountain railway company, which employs more than 200 people in the winter season.
“We would like to tackle the challenging goals of the next few years with a culture of open communication, on an equal level, in a binding and appreciative manner. It is also clear that success is always a team effort, which is why the corporate culture will be a strong focus of the change,” explained Klaus Nußbaumer in his speech.
The rest of the management team also introduced themselves at the level of the department heads: Christian Röhrig, the new authorized representative and head of administration, Raphael Ganahl as head of operations and technology, Markus Nagele as head of catering and Bernd Simons, who took over responsibility as head of finance has.
In a pleasant atmosphere, the guests exchanged ideas about upcoming challenges and developments in the mountain railway industry. The mayors of the surrounding communities toasted the New Year, especially Lech Mayor Gerhard Lucian, tourism director Hermann Fercher, post commander Susanne Moll, the supervisory boards and former executive bodies of the companies.
The managing directors of the surrounding mountain railway companies also exchanged ideas. Among them are Philipp Zangerl from Ski Zürs AG, Necip Lucian from the Oberlech mountain railway, Klaus Wiethüchter from the Schröcken ski lifts, Günther Oberhauser from the Warth ski lifts and Martin Rhomberg from the Stuben mountain railways. Klaus Huber from Ski Arlberg West as well as representatives from the Arlberg Ski Club, Stefan Jochum and Peter Scrivener, were not to be missed.
The Lech ski schools have also left and Father Adrian brought the spiritual blessing. Representatives of the Alps were also present: Raimund Bischof from the Berger Alpe Agricultural Community and Josef Nessler from Alpe Pazüel-Tritt.