Death of the skiing legend Emile Allais

Oct 22, 2012

Death of the skiing legend Emile Allais

 

The Rossignol group would like to pay tribute to Émile Allais, who has died in his 101st year

A long and fruitful partnership

Born in February 1912 in the French town of Megève, Emile Allais was unanimously recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the world of skiing. His links with Rossignol are numerous and strongly forged.

In 1936, Emile Allais became the first athlete to be sponsored by Rossignol and France's first great skiing champion. In the year that skiing became an Olympic sport, Emile Allais won medals in both the Combined and Slalom events. In 1937, he went on to claim the first title in the history of French skiing, becoming a triple World Champion in Chamonix.

This marked the start of a long and fruitful partnership that would help to shape the brand's history and contribute to its success over the years.

Emile Allais contributed to the greatest innovations: solid wood skis, skis made from a series of wooden layers, flat skis, laminated and glued skis, followed by metal and fiberglass skis.

He applied his talent in both the Rossignol research and development laboratories and on the snow, developing many skis that went on to become legends, including the Olympic 41, the Metalais, the Strato (first fiberglass ski) and even the first metal ski, the Allais 60 which bears his name.

An exceptional destiny

Bruno Cercley, Chief Executive Officer of the Rossignol Group, said: "Emile Allais was a great designer and inspiration, setting an example extending beyond his sport. Emile and Rossignol's histories are closely intertwined. He was an avant-garde designer, an exceptional skier and a talented inventor. It is with much emotion and respect that we pay tribute to the memory of this great character who actively contributed to Rossignol's growth and the development of French skiing. His passing affects us all because he was part of our history. Our thoughts are above all with his family and those close to him".

In addition to his close partnership with Rossignol, Emile Allais led several lives, all connected to the great adventure of skiing. As well as being France's first qualified ski instructor, he was responsible for designing some major ski resorts in the United States and France.

A visionary, constructive, creative and passionate pioneer, Emile Allais explored the mountains of the world  on skis. In the eyes of Rossignol and all its employees, he will forever remain an example and symbol of passion

 

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