The Val Senales Valley has been a destination for hikers and skiers since the 1920s. At the beginning of the 1960s a group of young businessmen founded a company with the goal of developing a ski area. Between 1956 and 1970 the first ski lifts were constructed.
With the guidance of the Val Senales local businessman Leo Gurschler
, the cable car company Funivie Ghiacciai Val Senales SpA
was founded in 1972
. After years of challenging and extensive construction in the Grawand area, partially by Leo Gurschler himself, the Val Senales Glacier Cable Car celebrated its grand opening on July 12, 1975
. Its construction opened the way for the ski area at the Hochjochferner Glacier.
The small town of Maso Corto/Kurzras at the foot of the glacier was once home to only a few farms. Under Leo Gurschler’s guidance, the town expanded and transformed into the present Maso Corto “sports town”
, or so-called Sportdorf. In the decades that followed, new lifts, slopes and mountain huts, as well as a hydro-electric power plant were added. To remember the pioneering work of the then-young farmer and businessman Leo Gurschler
, in September 2007 a memorial was erected in his honour in the town of Maso Corto.
the South Tyrolean company Suedtiroler Athesia-Verlag
publishers and the Schroecksnadel family
are the majority shareholders of the Val Senales Glacier Cable Car company, Funivie Ghiacciai Val Senales SpA