• Quote - Franz Weber is my friend, my ski idol and also one of
the greatest athletes of all time. - End Quote — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
    An Olympian, six-time consecutive World Speed Skiing Champion and former world record-holder, Franz Weber still holds the North American record, at 129.303 mph/208.092 kph which he set in 1983 in Silverton, Colorado. He dominated the sport of speed skiing from 1980 to 1985, winning over eighty percent of the races he entered. He retired as World Champion in 1985 but returned to the sport of speed skiing seven years later to compete in the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville, France where he clocked his fastest personal time of 138.112 mph/222.222 kph (average speed). Feeling he had achieved his speed skiing goals, Franz permanently retired from the sport following the 1992 Olympics.

  • Quote - Franz has been an annual participant at the American Ski Classic, which
I host. His warmth and personality have made him one of the most popular
skiing legends. End Quote — Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford
    Franz Weber remains very active in numerous alpine skiing events and competes on the popular Legends/Champions Tour. He is a two-time overall winner of the Tournament of Champions and four-time Rolex Legends Series Champion. In 1996, Franz was one of four skiers who broke a world record by skiing sixteen Colorado ski resorts in one day. In 1997, he won the Legends Downhill Championship in Vail, Colorado and placed first overall in the Masters Division of the MCI World Downhill Championships. In 1998, he won the National SG Masters Championships, and his Masters’ record includes winning all but two of the more than fifty races he entered. In 2005, he and five others were honored by Austrian Chancellor Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel for their athletic achievements and economic contributions to Austria.

  • Quote - Franz was instrumental in the creation of the Innsbruck segment for our 
NBC show – (Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?)  In addition to being a
consummate professional, he made sure we were well taken care of and 
that we were having fun in the process!

— Matt Lauer, Host of NBC’s Today Show
    Proud of his heritage, Franz assisted in the creation of the NBC Today Show “Where in the world is Matt Lauer?” featuring his birth town, Innsbruck Austria, while also including his home in Reno/Tahoe. On November 26, 2007, Franz was the recipient of the prestigious “Schneekristall” award (providing him with lifelong free skiing privileges in Austria). The award was presented to him by the Austrian ski resorts for his contributions to the sport of skiing.

    On November 18, 2011, Franz was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions to the skiing community. He is a supporter of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition dedicated to returning the Winter Olympic Games to the Sierras.

  • Franz is beyond a question the funniest and most professional ski tour guide,
consultant and program organizer that one will ever encounter. Franz does things
very professionally and he always makes sure that people are having fun along
the way. Franz is one of those very special individuals we meet in a lifetime.
— John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder and Chairman, John Paul Mitchell Systems,
Patrón Spirits Co., JP Pet
    When he is not skiing, Weber's schedule is filled with promotional and personal appearances for sponsors, celebrity sports events, speaking engagements and charity events.

    Franz is affiliated with and represents the following Companies:
    Equity partner with Klymit
    Founding Skier in Ski Nation
    Celebrity Host at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino
    Director of Leisure Activities for Montreux Country    Club, host to the PGA Reno-Tahoe Open
    Consultant and Ambassador - Head Sports
    Ambassador of Winter Sports - John Paul Mitchell
    , Patrón Spirits Co., JP Pet
    Committee to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic
       Games Reno-Tahoe
    Ambassador and Consultant Ceago Wine Garden
    Ambassador for Leisure and Adventure product    testing, Five Ten shoes

    Franz also endorses and represents
    HaberVision, Swany Gloves, Leki Poles,
    Martis Camp, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Real Estate,
    FRS, and Valeo Products.

  • We invite you to share some of Franz Weber’s career
    highlights including his world record run. While you
    are here, you may also find these videos about some
    of our other world champion hosts informative, exciting,
    and entertaining.
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  • Biography Image 1
    1977	 European Skateboard Champion - Set High Jump Record
1980	 World Speed Skiing Championships, Silverton, CO – Winner
1981	 World Speed Skiing Championships, Silverton, CO – Winner
1982	 Camel World Speed Skiing Championships, Silverton, CO
			 Set World Record 203.16 kph / 126.238 mph – Winner

1983	 Camel World Speed Skiing Championships, Silverton, CO
			 Set World Record 208.092 kph / 129.303 mph – Winner
			 Still the North American speed skiing record holder

1984	 Ford World Speed Skiing Championships, Les Arcs, France
			 Set Two World Records – Winner
			 Special Equipment 208.937 kph / 129.827 mph
			 Production Equipment 182.186 kph / 113.205 mph

1985	 Retired from active competition as the reigning World
           Speed Skiing Champion and World Record Holder

Set Four World Speed Records
1982 / 1983 / 1984 x 2
  • Career Highlights Image 2
    (1985 Continued)
                                    Six-Time Consecutive World Speed Skiing Champion
                                    1980 / 1981 / 1982 / 1983 / 1984 x 2 
                                    1991		Rolex Legends of Skiing, GS – Winner
                                                US National Masters Championships, GS & DH – Winner
                                                World Overall Masters Championships – Winner
                                                World Cup Speed Skiing Finals, Stelvio, Italy – Winner
                                    1992 	Speed skiing comeback for the 1992 Olympics and World Cup.
                                                Clocked personal best time of
                                                222.222 kph / 138.112 mph (average speed).
                                                Rolex Legends of Skiing, GS Winner
                                                Jeep/Eagle Tournament of Champions Overall Winner
                                    1993 	Jeep/Eagle Tournament of Champions Overall Winner
                                    1994 to Present
                                                Competing and winning on the popular Legends Tour.
                                                Throughout his skiing career, Franz Weber has won over 70
                                                international alpine races.
                                    From 1980-1985		Weber won over 80% of the speed skiing races
                                                                    that he entered. 
                                                 Production Equipment 182.186 kph / 113.205 mph