The history of Igloo-Village
1995/1996 - Driven by the ambition to be the first on the mountain early in the morning, in order to shoot photos of the sunrise and find white, untouched snow for snowboarding, Adrian Günter, initiator of the igloo village, built the first igloo. He spent the night in an expedition sleeping bag as my principal equipment in this igloo. His first guiding principle was to be the first one on the mountain in the morning to enjoy the ambient and go downhill with his snowboard.
However, friends soon shared this little passion of Adrian and they built several igloos above the “Motta Naluns”. People from the village and skiing tourists appreciated the igloos and asked for permission to sleep in them. Inquiries increased and resulted in Adrian's business idea.
1996/97 - The first Igloo-Village was built in Scuol consisting of three small traditional igloos in Scuol. It accommodated 15 guests.
2001/2002 - The steadily growing demand required to completely revolutionise igloo construction. The traditional building method was too sumptuous and slow. I soon developed and tested a building method based on balloons. This concept allowed for a faster construction of the igloo village and led to a dramatic increase of the number of accommodation guests. The „inflatable igloo building device“ is registered on 19.08.2002 with patent number 693 679. Iglu-Dorf GmbH is founded and no longer part of the company "Element".
2002/2003 - A traditional igloo with a diameter of 9m with 1,346 snow blocks and 3.2 tons of snow is built. The first sauna is commissioned, giving rise to the very first wellness area. The guest volume exceeds the 1,000 mark with 1,196 guests this winter season.
2004/2005 - After a first test year Igloo-Village in Zermatt at Rotenboden is built.
2005/2006- Big steps are taken and three additional Igloo-Villages are constructed. Scuol and Zermatt are complemented by Engelberg, Grindelwald and the Zugspitze in Germany. Nearly 6,000 guests booked stayed overnight at one of the Igloo-Villages.
2006 - Iglu-Dorf GmbH moves its registered office from Scuol (Engadin) to Stansstad in central Switzerland.
2007 - Iglu-Dorf GmbH wins the Swiss Economic Award. Another milestone has been achieved.
2007/2008 - Igloo-Village Scuol moves to Davos-Klosters.
2008/2009 - This season sees the opening of our first igloo village outside of the Alps in Andorra. This winter season, for the first time more than 10,000 guests stay overnight at one of the several Igloo-Villages.
2009/2010 - Igloo-Vilage returns to the Engadin and opens an igloo bar in St. Moritz on Muottas Muragl. For the next three years seven Igloo-Village destinations are operated in three different countries.
2015/2016 - Igloo-Village runs seven destinations Igloo-Village Davos-Klosters, Engelberg, Gstaad, Stockhorn, Zermatt, Zugspitze and Andorra.
Beside that the all-year-round event company Outventure is part of the team. Specialiced in event organisation Outventure also runs a rope park and bungee jumping in Engelberg.
2015/2016 - Igloo-Village celebrates its 20th anniversary and achieves the Worldrecord with the biggest igloo ever built with snow blocks.
2017/2018 - We are delighted to open the igloo village of Schilthorn at the Birg station at over 2,700 metres above sea level in front of the gigantic backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. With a bar and as a location for events, we look forward to welcoming guests during the day and in the evening.
2018 - After 13 beautiful and sometimes difficult winter seasons, the igloo village of Engelberg closes its doors. Thanks to everyone who has helped with the igloo village Engelberg project over the years. Vouchers issued to the igloo village Engelberg are still valid and can be redeemed for the entire range of services offered by Iglu-Dorf GmbH.
2018/2019 - Igloo-Village operates seven locations - five in Switzerland, one in Germany, and a new location in Austria. Iglu-Bars are operated on Schilthorn und Stockhorn. The Iglu-Villages Davos Klosters, Gstaad, Kühtai, Zermatt & Zugspitze additionally run a Iglu-Hotel.
2019 - The Igloo Village Schilthorn is closed after two years of smooth operation. The reason is that the "Skyline Snow Experience" project of the mountain railways cannot be realised in short to medium term due to approval problems. The Igloo Village was planned as an integral part of this snow-area and cannot generate a sufficiently high frequency without it and its slightly decentral location. We regret this decision very much, we will miss the already loyal guests, the good cooperation with the cable cars and all employees as well as the unique location.
2019 / 2020 - We are looking forward to creating and operating six Igloo Villages in Davos-Klosters, Gstaad, Stockhorn, Zermatt, Kühtai in Austria and on the Zugspitze in Germany in the coming winter season.