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We lost another legend

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Émile Allais past away this week.  He was 100, the fates were kind to the man.  He was without question one of the most influential people of skiing in the past 80 years.  Very few have left our sport so much.  RIP and thank you for what you left us all.

 

http://www.planetski.eu/news/4292

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:(

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He was known as the "father of parallel skiing," according to one story. His race camp at Mt. Hood was legendary in the PNW. 

 

 

This is an interesting video for the history buffs. 

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Good Lord, I had no idea he was still with us. He was a legendary figure in skiing even when I was learning to ski in the 1950s.

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The man designed and helped create: a number of premier French resorts, the French Ski Federation, The French Ski Instructors Association.  Add that in with the number of Olympic victories, major racing victories, and 1st descents throughout the Alps and he was really the complete package as a skier.  There might never again be one skier who accomplishes so much within the sport.  

 

His death perhaps should not be mourned, but the accomplishments of his life should be celebrated. 

post #6 of 14

Legend is a word too often used. There are few who truly deserve the accoldae. Emile Allais most certainy was a legend!

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His death perhaps should not be mourned, but the accomplishments of his life should be celebrated. 

I can't think of any accolade higher than this one. 

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If you look at the photo in the Planetski link in the first post, Allais appears to be holding a pair of Dynastar Legends, which means he had to be skiing well into his nineties!
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Didn't Rossignol have a ski in the 70s called an Allais Major? I wonder if it was named after Emile Allais?

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He was the first ski instructor at Squaw according to the NY Times obituary:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/sports/emile-allais-father-of-modern-skiing-dies-at-100.html?_r=0

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Didn't Rossignol have a ski in the 70s called an Allais Major? I wonder if it was named after Emile Allais?

I think there was a metal ski in the late 60's called the Allais. If I'm not mistaken, Killy, who was under contract to Dynamic, caused a bit of a stir when he was seen skiing GS on a pair that had been painted to look like Dynamics. On the other hand I might've just made that up.

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Didn't Rossignol have a ski in the 70s called an Allais Major? I wonder if it was named after Emile Allais?

 

No doubt.

 

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In the 1930s France emerged as a skiing power, led by Emile Allais. At the 1936 Winter Olympics held at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Allais won the bronze medal in the alpine combined, and the following year, at the world championships, he won the gold medal in all three alpine events, earning the title "champion of the world." All his medals were won on Rossignol skis. During this time Allais was also codifying his own method of ski instruction, published in the book Ski Fran&ccedils.

In 1936 Rossignol hired Allais as its technical adviser and official tester, a position Allais used to help the company design some of the world's most advanced skis.
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All the racing, teaching, equipment development, and in his spare time was involved with the development of a Colorado's worth of ski areas in the Alps.  

 

I think the early Stratos had Allais printed on the tails.  

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It feels worth mentioning that Emile Allais' passing made today's NYTimes Magazine "The Lives They Lived" issue, p. 18
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