The legacy of auguste piccard
There are not many ski resorts, or anything else for that matter, whose popularity can be traced back to a record-breaking hot air balloon crash and an associate of Albert Einstein.
But for the people of Obergurgl, a now-thriving glacial resort village in the Ötzal Alps in Tyrol, Austria, those two rather-curious factors would be the trigger for a huge boom in business back in 1931, that would end up redefining their future.
The man whose misfortune is to thank for the commerce? Auguste Piccard, a 6ft 6” physicist and inventor born in Bern, Switzerland in 1884 with a particular passion for exploration and investigation, and an oddly consequential string of bad luck.
Auguste Piccard was fascinated in science from a young age, studying physics and chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, becoming a doctor of science and participating in a range of revolutionary studies. He even collaborated with Einstein to design instruments used to measure atmospheric radioactivity.