About Hagan — Pure Ski Mountaineering

Pure Ski Mountaineering since 1924

Hagan makes ski mountaineering gear — exclusively. An Austrian family-owned business, we focus without distraction on alpine ski touring. We don’t make clothing, hiking boots, downhill skis or running shoes. Our focus is entirely on backcountry ski touring/ski mountaineering — especially light and fast backcountry skiing.

We have been making skis and ski touring in the Austrian Alps for since 1924  — perfecting our craft and earning a just reputation for quality, value and performance. We have an entire ski range that is lighter than many sidecountry brands lightest skis. Hagan skis are intended for the alpine lifestyle — long and adventurous ski touring. We build our products for ski mountaineers who regularly leave the sidecountry far behind.

Our Mission

Hagan prides itself on providing an unbeatable combination of performance, quality and value. We are ever refining our designs, materials and manufacturing processes to keep our prices down while continually elevating our quality. Hagan's high performance alpine touring skis and bindings are made with the industry's highest quality, most advanced materials and strictest construction standards — at very reasonable prices.

Hagan keeps prices down by focusing intently on performance and value — and then letting the skis speak for themselves. We do little marketing. Word of mouth is our most effective advertising. Providing backcountry skiing's best value and combination of weight, durability and performance makes our fans eager to spread the word.

Our Commitment To You

Our aim is the perfect trilogy of performance, durability and weight. In Europe our reputation has been earned and guarded through 93 years of innovation and insistence on the absolutely highest quality standards. Hagan is well-known and well-respected in Austria and the rest of Europe because of this heritage. We are new to North America and our heritage, and reputation for quality, are simply not as well known here. In a marketing-dominated environment, it is difficult to get recognition.

We don’t do much marketing and admittedly are not great at it. It simply isn’t our focus. Hence, we may never be the hippest brand. If aggressive marketing and coolness are important to you, well, you should probably look elsewhere. We would rather focus on high quality, well designed, reliable backcountry ski products. If you place a higher priority on the quality and performance of the product than the quantity and quality of the marketing, perhaps we are the brand for you.

To the big companies, ski mountaineering is a curious, insignificant aside. They make a few products and stick them at the back of their catalogs. Some companies even list their skis after clothing and shoes! You won’t find that at Hagan. We aren’t jumping on the ski touring bandwagon now that it is cool. We built that wagon. Our heritage is deeply imbedded from over 94 years of the alpine lifestyle ski touring in Austria. Ski Mountaineering isn’t insignificant to Hagan. It is all we do — our life blood. Hagan has the world’s widest selection of alpine ski touring gear. We are Pure Ski Mountaineering.

Hagan Ski USA is proud to bring Hagan ski mountaineering products to the United States. For information and product availability, please contact Hagan Ski USA at Info@HaganSkiUSA.com or 719-360-1693. The main Hagan Austria website is www.Hagan-Ski.com.

Michael and Eva, Owners of Hagan Ski USA

Skiing Glacier Peak in Washington Cascades with Brian Edmiston

Hagan was founded by the two Hager brothers in Antiesenhofen, Austria in 1924. They devised the name Hagan from the first 3 letters of their name and the first two letters of their hometown. Due to the poor economic situation after the First World War, and foreseeing the switch from horse drawn wagons to automobiles, the two brothers transitioned from the wagon wheel building business to the production of toboggans and skis. As early as the mid-1920s, 500 pairs were sold yearly – classic solid wood skis, cut from ash slats, boiled in water and bent over a heated iron mold.
 
HAGAN is still family owned. Franz Siegesleuthner, grandson of one of the brothers, and his wife Alexandra, are the third generation of owners. Like the two generations before them, the Siegesleuthners are passionate ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers. 
 
I met my wife Eva in Austria in 1992.  Her father is a pioneer of lightweight ski touring, skiing over 100 days a year and last getting on a lift in 1962 when he was required to during his compulsory military service. I taught ski touring and mountain warfare in the US Special Forces, but he introduced me to pin bindings. Several years later, after being transferred to Colorado to command the US Army World Class Athlete Program, I started competing in ski mountaineering races. My search for quality race equipment led me back to the skis he loaned me – Hagan’s. I contacted Hagan through local members of the Austrian National Skimo Team that I had competed and become friends with. We soon reached an agreement that I become their North American distributor.

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