Created in 1941, which is why they are called the 41, these skis were a complete break with the past as they introduced the glued plywood structure concept. Henri Oreiller won the DH gold medal at the first post Olympics with them in St Moritz in 1948, to start their legendary reputation.
This was the first of many gold and silver medals in all the top races of that time. Henri Oreiller contributed to Rossignol skis’s development until 1965.
The general public discovered the Allais 60 when Jean Vuarnet won gold in the Squaw Valley Olympics DH in 1960. These prestigious skis, which had wood cores, metal inserts, hidden edge strips and polyethylene bases, opened a new era in racing ski technology and were part of the French ski team’s phenomenal success story in the 1960s.
People still talk about «Strato» skis, launched in 1965. They opened new ski control horizons by combining wood cores with glass fi ber plies. Stratos helped several generations of champions dominate the results list. Marketed until 1975, they were the first skis in the world of which over one million pairs were sold. At the beginning of their career, in 1966, they soared to fame in the Portillo (Chile) world championships on the feet of Annie Famose, took several gold and silver medals at the Grenoble Olympics (1968) and in slalom events at the Sapporo Olympics (1972).
In the early 1970s, Rossignol again made a major breakthrough when it substituted a low density polyurethane foam core for traditional wood. Associated with zicral (an aluminum alloy), the new core gave these skis extra resistance to twist and opened their exceptional performance levels to mass markets. Scoring its fi rst victories in the 1970 World Cup, the Roc 550 was still on the victory podiums in the Innsbruck Olympics in 1976.
The flagship model of the Rossignol range for nearly a decade, recognized both for their high performance and easy glide, a million pairs of these slalom skis were sold all over the world. Featuring an internal and external VAS vibration damping system and Kevlar to reduce weight, they were effective, stable and comfortable. They scored many world cup victories and dominated the Calgary Olympics of 1988 with Alberto Tomba, Erika Hess, Vreni Schneider and Rok Petrovic.
Slalom skis with a kevlar and glass fiber box structure with a Microcell core, VAS system and narrow edge strips, they met the needs of the most demanding skiers for precision, powerful grip, liveliness and maneuverability. They scored victories in many world cup and Olympic events, in particular with the great Italian champion, Alberto Tomba.
The freeride outlaw. The Bandit XX, the first one of the name (184 cm long) innovated by redistributing flexibility and by sidecuts with progressive radius. “It was the first polyvalent and high-performing parabolic”.
The new school freestyle. The young American freestyler Tanner Hall won the big air event at the 2001 X Games on Scratches. The Scratch is presented as a cross between the ski and the snowboard. It is a vehicle for the technical demands of the former and the freedom of expression of the second. There were not only some of the best freestylers in the world, like J.F Houle, Xavier Bertoni or Kevin Rolland and Candide Thovex himself, who joined Rossignol in 2004.
The most innovative, popular, and playful freeride ski in the world, the SOUL 7 blends instinctive versatility and ease-of-use with progressive freeride performance. Featuring all-new Air Tip, at 106mm underfoot the all-new SOUL 7 is lighter, and more powerful, with the uncompromising versatility to go wherever the snow takes you.
Band of heroes During the Sochi Olympic Games, Rossignol introduces new racings skis with the « Prop Tech » technology: Transversal ski flex release system. In response to the new turn radius regulations issued by the FIS, we have worked hard on the actual structure of the ski in a bid to improve turn initiation and make handling more enjoyable. The result is the Prop Teck Technology. The Zicral top reinforcement layer is cut lengthwise at the tip of the ski for superior power transfer and ski control. This technology is used by all our World Cup racers.
Built for passionate race fans, the all-new HERO range (2nd generation after the Hero line first launch in 2014) is a full-throttle, race ski designed for racers and technical on-trail skiers. All-new Line Control Technology brings edge-to-edge quickness, precision, and power. LCT eliminates counter-flexing for maximum stability and optimized trajectory through the turn for total line control.