Originally Posted by rockfordskiman
Just to clarify some things.
Nordica already owns the Dolomite Factory as does the family own the Tecnica factory . Their skis are mostly built in their factory in Italy, but some are now being jobed to Fischer.
The status off Blizzard in the US is unknown at this time. THe factory is independent in Austria. The Dolomite brand has some interesting rumors as to where that will go, hbut I will not repeat them for know as they are only rumors.
Not trying to pick a fight, but this isn't quite true. Tecnica SPA (Zanatta family) is the company that owns everything else - Nordica, Dolomite, Rollerblade, etc. Nordica 'Race Room' skis and prototypes are made in Italy, but everything else has been made by OEM manufacturers - first Völkl, then Elan, now Fischer. The move of Nordica production from Elan to Fischer this past January was the first sign that the relationship between Tecnica and Elan was not moving forward, thus the transfer this week of the Elan distribution from Tecnica to Dalbello.
Rockford is correct that many current Dalbello reps have prior experience with Elan, so the transfer should be relatively seamless, indeed. It is the Elan/Dolomite reps that have a little problem, even though, as Rockford notes, the Dolomite brand will be "relaunched" in the US with new management. Many of these reps do sell other lines, though, so they are not totally out in the cold.
Blizzard? Still only rumor at this point, so I won't enage in speculation either, but I bet there are some other dominoes that need to fall before there is any formal anouncement about the future of the Blizzard brand in the US.