Considered the patron saint of sledding,
"Captain Avalanche" is the nickname of
Actually born on a sledge (the traditional Tyrolean sled) in
a remote Austrian hamlet when his mother didn't arrive at
the doctor's cottage in time, Hans was raised under the
frozen shadow of the Alps.
From an early age, he used a simple sled to go everywhere.
To school, to nearby villages, to visit his uncle.
When he was still a boy, his parents skied to town leaving
Hans and his young sister at home for the day. Suddenly,
their peaceful afternoon was shattered by a loud crack and
the ominous sound of a thundering avalanche roaring down the
slopes. Without a second to spare, he grabbed his sled and
sister and together sped to safety, moments before the
snowpack would have buried them.
From that day forward,
everyone called him "Captain Avalanche."
And, to honor his memory,
we dedicate our company and its products.