Otto Furrer

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameOtto•Furrer
Used nameOtto•Furrer
Born19 October 1903 in Zermatt (SUI)
Died26 July 1951 in Monte Cervino, Aosta (ITA)
AffiliationsSkiclub Zermatt, Zermatt (SUI)
NOC Switzerland


Otto Furrer competed in cross-country skiing at the 1928 Olympics, and helped Switzerland place third in the military ski patrol demonstration event, but he was a better Alpine skiier, in the early years of that sport. At the first Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1931 Furrer won a silver medal in the downhill. In 1932 at the Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo he won three medals, with a gold in the combined, a silver in the slalom, and bronze in the downhill. He also won a bronze medal in combined at the 1933 World Championships. In Arlberg-Kandahar racing Furrer won the combined, slalom, and downhill in 1931, 1932, and 1934.

After retiring from competition, Furrer co-founded the ski resort of Zermatt, Switzerland. He founded the ski school at Zermatt in 1935 and was its director until his death in 1951. Furrer was known as a pioneer among ski and mountain guides. Furrer died in a fall when one of his ropes broke while climbing on the Matterhorn.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) SUI Otto Furrer
18 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 21
Military Ski Patrol (Skiing) SUI Otto Furrer
Military Ski Patrol, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Switzerland 3

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