Skis Rossignol S.A., or simply Rossignol, is a French manufacturer of alpine, snowboard, and Nordic equipment, as well as related outerwear and accessories, located in Isère, France. Rossignol was one of the first companies to produce plastic skis. The company also owns the brand Dynastar as well as LOOK. In 2005, Rossignol was bought by the boardsport equipment manufacturer Quiksilver for $560 million. In 2008, Quiksilver made a deal to sell Rossignol for $147 million to a former chief executive, Bruno Cercley.
The company was founded in 1907 by the carpenter Abel Rossignol as a textile ski manufacturer. Rossignol, a committed skier, used his carpentry skills to make a pair of skis out of solid wood. In 1937, Émile Allais of France became triple world champion on Rossignol Olympic 41 skis.
When Laurent Boix-Vives bought the company in 1956, the company only focused on skiing equipment and began to sell them worldwide. Rossignol had a breakthrough during the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, USA, when Jean Vuarnet of France won the downhill on Allais 60s, the world's first all-metal skis.
In 1964, Rossignol released the Strato, the first fiberglass ski.
In the 1970s, Rossignol began selling in the U.S., launching its first Nordic skis and soon became the world's largest ski manufacturer. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Rossignol triumphed winning six out of ten gold medals in alpine events.
In 1990, Rossignol launched a product line of alpine ski boots, as well as developing a bindings range and soon after moved into snowboards and mountain clothing.
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