For the moment, let's start with major brands; help me fill in the blanks:
Head: named for founder Howard Head
Blizzard: presumably same word in English and German, sounds snowy?
Atomic: presumably 'cause it sounded cool and modern back in the 50's or something?
Fischer: named for founder Josef Fischer
Nordica: sounds, what, Nordic?
Rossignol: named for founder Abel Rossignol
Dynastar: sounds cool to the French ear?
Marker: named for founder Hannes Marker
Tyrolia: named for the Tyrol region, no doubt
K2: named for peak of same name, I assume
Tecnica: sounded, um, technical at the time?
Lange: named for Bob Lange, right?