In 2018 he won the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, a few weeks later he was also victorious in Kvitfjell. So far, no German has managed to win two victories in one season in the downhill.
Five years later, Thomas Dreßen is not about “races and results” as he says. “It’s about the future of skiing in my adopted home of Upper Austria”.
In an emotional Facebook post, the 29-year-old calls for the rescue of the Kasberg. “In recent years, a lot of effort has been put into it, which unfortunately did not bring the desired success and now the ski area is on the verge of collapse. There are concepts for the future of the Kasberg, which I would and will support,” writes the World Cup winner.
“Would make me very sad”
The Kasberg is an essential part of the preparation and regeneration for his passion and his job. “I made a conscious decision to live in the Almtal because, like in my childhood, I have the ski area right on my doorstep.”
Small ski areas are feeders for the big ones. Dreßen names Sölden as an example. If these “little ones” were to break away, and as a result a large proportion of the youngsters learning to ski there, the large ski areas would feel it. “It would make me very sad if my future offspring couldn’t make their first turns on the Kasberg,” writes Dreßen, whose wife is expecting their first child in the summer.
Dreßen has lived in Scharnstein since 2016, and now he calls for “that we all work together so that Kasberg stays for everyone.”