The business has a long family history. Franz Josef Holdener operated a cobbler's workshop at the current location around 1870.Philipp Holdener, business owner in 4th generation
In the 1930s, as more and more skiers visited our village, Arnold Holdener began providing repairs on ski equipment. This was a good fit to his experience as a shoemaker and saddler, because the bindings in this era were mostly made of leather. In 1948, the business expanded to include selling new shoes and sporting goods. In the following years, the business expanded further with the rental of winter sports equipment.
With the increasing popularity of the Hoch Ybrig region, the business outgrew the old house. In 1970, a new house was built by Arnold (3rd generation) and Marie-Theres Holdener. The expansion was a success, and two additional workers were added during the winter season to accommodate the growing clientele.
The house was expanded further in 1981 to create more room for storage and a larger workshop. The shop area also was increased, and a wider range of skis, shoes, clothing and sports accessories were now available to customers.
Ski and boot rental continues to be an important part of the business, as renting offers economy and flexibility. Customers can try the latest models for a day or two, a whole week … or even the entire season. And since 2008, the rental inventory has been computerized, enabling faster processing when returning the items.
In July 2010, Philipp Holdener took over operation of the business, marking the 4th generation of Holdener Sports in Oberiberg.
In 2011, the latest servicing equipment was installed, ensuring quick and flawless repair service for skis and snowboards.
In spring/summer 2013, the business was completely renovated and enlarged. The new LED lighting and open store design invites you to linger. The separate new skirenting area also provides more space for the fitting.
Since autumn 2017, the first fully automatic grinding robot expands the workshop. In winter 2020/2021, the machine was replaced with the latest, improved version (more information).
With the Wintersteiger Waxjet Pro we have a new waxing machine for the rental material since December 2022. It offers a faster heating phase and a 60% lower energy consumption.