Émile Allais

Founder of the French ski school passes away at 100


Émile Allais, considered by many to be the first superstar French skier, died October 17 at the age of 100. Allais saw several generations of skiers come of age and helped found and develop skiing in the Alps. He established the French Ski School that still exists in most French resorts today and worked at Squaw Valley and Portillo, Chile, later in his career, before settling back in Europe as technical director at Courchevel. Allais won all three events at the 1937 World Championships in Chamonix, fought in World War II on skis and met his wife at a ski meet. In December 2005, the French Senate honored him in Paris for his contributions to the sport.