Dachstein becomes an independent company – foundation of the Dachstein Outdoor & Lifestyle GmbH.

The company stays a controlling share of the Austro Holding, which was established by Dr. Erhard F. Grossnigg. The new Dachstein team is working on new innovations and refreshing designs intensively. 



Founded in 2002, Deeluxe Sportartikel Handels GmbH acquires the brand and distribution rights for Dachstein from Kneissl & Friends.

Dachstein continues as a mountaineering sports brand; ski boots are removed from the product portfolio.



Dachstein reaches the zenith of its popularity, and in Austria 90% of the population are familiar with the brand. Dachstein is the most successful ski boot brand at the Ski World Championship in Bormio.

A revolutionary innovation changes the entire ski boot market, as the rear of the boot now folds back to allow skiers to climb in far more comfortably, without reducing the secure fit of the fastened boot. 



Annual serial production exceeds a million pairs of shoes for the first time when the range of footwear is expanded to include cross country ski boots, leisure and jogging shoes.

Further innovations follow, such as the introduction of PU sole technology – which lays the foundations for today’s trekking footwear.



Dachstein has earned a reputation as a brand of mountaineering goods and ski boots, and begins to produce hard-shell ski boots. Soon after, the entire range of ski boots switches over to this method of production. The brand celebrates numerous successes in ski races.

In 1977 the winner of the women’s World Cup downhill race wears Dachstein. In 1978 in Garmisch there are two gold medals and a bronze at the Alpine World Ski Championships. In 1980 another two gold medals and a silver medal are won at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.


Thanks to the development of industrial production, a capacity of 2.000 pairs a day is reached.



Foundation of a shoemaker’s workshop in Molln/Austria by Anton Lintner, who denominated it after the mountainous region Dachstein.