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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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VIDEO : Didier Défago visits Rossignol's factory!

Riders in this news :  Didier DEFAGO

Discover the ski's manufacture with Didier Défago, Downhill Olympic Champion, your guide in Rossignol's factory!

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Lara Gut, actress in the film Tutti Giu

Riders in this news :  Lara GUT

The film Tutti Giu will be in the silver screen from September, 7th in Tessin then in Swiss. The skier Lara Gut plays her first part in cinema. She incarnates Chiara, a young girl who doesn’t support her new life after big success in her sport.

Extrait du film TUTTI GIÙ de Niccolò Castelli, production Imagofilm Lugano. 

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Reviews before winter

Get up-to-date on the main athletes for the Rossignol Group before the first races begin and don’t miss the upcoming 2012-13 World Cup season!

In Giant Slalom, Federica Brignone, silver medalist in the Garmisch World Championships 2011 and Tessa Worley, bronze medalist will be our top athletes during the World Championships in Schladming next February. Irène Curtoni, Anémone Marmottan or Manuela Moelgg will be competing on with the new GS skis imposed by the International Federation.

In Slalom, many of Team Rossignol’s women (with 7 in the top 20) are able to make the podium. Frida Hansdotter, Marie-Michèle Gagnon, Marie Pietilae-Holmner, Erin Mielzynski found success last winter and they are very enthusiastic for next season.

In Downhill and Super G, Marion Rolland who claimed her first two World Cup podiums in Schladming last March, will be a force to be reckoned with. Marie Marchand-Arvier, Lara Gut, Jessica Lindell-Virkarby or Americans Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith will also be on the attack.

In speed disciplines, Christof Innerhofer, triple medallist in the Garmisch World Championships 2011, Jan Hudec, Didier Défago, Silvan Zurbriggen or Matteo Marsaglia will defend Rossignol’s colors. In slalom Mike Janyk, Axel Baeck, Brad Spence will all be on the hunt.

First Race : Sölden (Austria) ; November 27th and 28th
World Championships : Schladming (Austria) Feb. 2nd to Feb. 17th  

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Travel book with… Matteo Marsaglia

Riders in this news :  Matteo MARSAGLIA


Rossignol’s athletes tell you their holidays! The Italian, Matteo Marsaglia, share with you his trip in Bali.

“I went in Bali at the end of April. I needed warmth, sea and make surf. I love this sport but I don’t have time to practice. I spent my first week in Seminyak and I moved all around to surf and enjoy the sun. After, I was in the south of the country. It’s the place where you can finf the best spots of surf: Bingin, Impossible, Dreamland, PadangPadang... It was perfect. Then, I finished my trip in Gili Trawangan, a little nice island. I made my first diving and I swam with big turtles. Now, I come back home for the summer training. We have just made a physical stage in Elbe with the Team and I will restart skiing on the 12th June.”  

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