Now it's FIGL time again. But what is "figln" anyway? The word figl is actually an abbreviation of the word "Firngleiter". The "Firngleiter", a short and almost indestructible ski made of sheet metal.
If you visit the capital of the Alps, Innsbruck, in spring, you can observe a certain phenomenon. It is not uncommon to see skiers, hiking enthusiasts in shorts, paragliders with large backpacks and sun lovers in flip-flops crowded together in the gondola up to the Seegrube and the Hafelekar at this time of year. And then there are the "Figler" and "Figlerinnen". Those are the ones you can't immediately identify. With a short ski under their arm and hiking boots or ski boots on their legs, they make the Seegrube unsafe in spring. The sport of their choice, "figln", was patented by Innsbruck's Emo Johann Heinrich in 1946 and still enjoys great popularity in the mountains. Back then, Heinrich made a virtue out of the need to get downhill in one piece after high alpine climbing tours over snowfields, and even then he skied downhill with spruce boards over the soft firn snow.
It's getting warmer and so many winter sports enthusiasts are now swapping their long powder skis for short Figl. Great fun is guaranteed.
Have you always wanted to try figln?Take the chance, because from Thursday 1 April to Friday 2 April 2021 the KOHLA Figl Test Days will take place at the Seegrube in cooperation with the Innsbruck Nordkettenbahnen.
So go ahead and try it out.
We are looking forwoard to meet you.