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Émile Allais, skiing pioneer, passed away last night at 100

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Probably the last of his era. An amazing man who's contribution exceeded his native France. Here are two blogs posts from Ski Mad World. The first one was done in celebration of his 100th birthday in last February. There is a video, but also a small bio on who he was. He is also part of the US Ski Hall of Fame. Second posted just minutes ago.

 

Friday Night Video: Émile Allais

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/friday-night-video-emile-allais/

 

Émile Allais, pionnier du ski, est mort à 100 ans

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/emile-allais-pionnier-du-ski-est-mort-a-100-ans/

 

Repose en paix monsieur.

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I will admit, until this thread I hadn't known much about Allais.  Thanks for posting.  It has inspired me to do some reading. 

 

RIP E´mile. 

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One of my favorite pairs of skis in my whole skiing lifetime was the Rossignol Allais Major.  It was a metal sandwich ski that Allais conceptualized for skiing in GS and Downhill races.  It came out in 1965, the year before the more-famous Rossi Strato was introduced.

 

I bought that pair of Allais Majors (205cm) in a ski swap in about 1970 for about $20.  I skied on them regularly for years.

 

In reading up on Emile, it was interesting to learn that he not only won multiple World Championship ski races in the 1930's, he raced in the 1936 Olympics at Garmisch and was congratulated for his bronze medal by Adolph Hitler.  He was instrumental in developing many of Rossignol's early ski designs and he also taught Gary Cooper and Brigitte Bardot to ski.  

 

Apparently, one of his great goals in life was to ski the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix when he was 100 years old, but he didn't quite make it.

 

What an incredible career.

 

RIP

 

http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/news/story.aspx?storyID=8743

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Great Article posted by Pat Moore.  Quite a life. The "Father" of modern skiing Emile Allais.  FIS Champion, Olympic coach. Pioneer of Squaw, Courchevalle, and Portillo. Warren Miller's boss when he was an instructor. Inventor of steel edges. Pretty good for the son of baker killed in WWI.
http://books.google.fr/books?id=slgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA8&dq=emile+allais&as_pt=MAGAZINES&pg=PA8&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=emile%20allais&f=false

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