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Hans Grimus - Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism


Hotel Pension Grimus - Australia's Best Ski Hotel (2013 - 2020)

​The World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in ski tourism. Held annually in November, the 3 day gala event is the only time that the international ski industry community comes together to exchange local knowledge, innovations and principles of best practise on a global stage.

We are extremely proud that this is the seventh year in succession that Hotel Pension Grimus has been named Australia’s Best Ski Hotel – an amazing achievement for us, but also inspiring us in the pursuit of excellence and achieving the highest standards in customer service. This could not be achieved without our loyal staff and a huge thanks must go out to them.

Each year as a finale to the event, the World Ski Awards Academy bestows a very special discretionary global accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism. This award is the highest and most prestigious Ski Oscar and is presented to individuals who have made a monumental contribution to ski tourism - a positive, defining impact, over the course of a lifetime.

In 2017 the World Ski Awards Academy has honoured HANS GRIMUS, with this award. We as a family are very proud of Hans' achievements and being recognised for his life-long work. In the past, this honour has been bestowed upon the Canadian ski resort legend Charlie Locke, Dr. Josef Burger the CEO of the Bergbahn Kitzbühel, from Switzerland the inspirational Reto Gurtner, Japan’s mountain God Akia Shinya, the great Stein Eriksen and last year France’s ski tourism visionary Pierre Josserand.


 Mt Buller stalwart and Austrian native Hans Grimus has been recognised for his contribution to the Australian ski industry by the Austrian Ambassador to Australia, Dr Helmut Boeck, in a ceremony at Mt Buller on June 15, 2013. Mr Grimus has spent 54 years on Mt Buller and been instrumental in constructing the first lifts on the mountain as well as building his eponymous hotel, and is an integral part of Mt Buller’s history and cultural fabric.


Dr Boeck presented Mr Grimus with the award at a ceremony on Saturday evening, where close to 100 family and friends joined the Grimus family in celebrating, including fellow Austrian, winemaker Wolf Blass. Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Boeck praised Mr Grimus and his contribution. “If there’s one person in Australia who deserves this award its Hans Grimus. Mt Buller and Hans’ story are intertwined, and it’s something that’s very special. What Hans has done here is actually more than building a wonderful lodge; he’s presented a piece of Austria to Australia.”


Speaking at the evening’s proceedings, Hans thanked his family, friends and work colleagues who have helped him throughout his life, and expressed his love for his adopted home. “I am very humbled and proud, and I thank everyone for being here. I love Mt Buller and I love two countries – Austria and Australia. Australia is home now, but I am very proud I have done something that is good for both countries.”


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