Salomon has grown from its origins in France and by 1972, Salomon had become the world's biggest ski manufacturer. High quality Salomon products are now available in more than 150 countries!
In 1947, the Salomon family opened a wood saw workshop for making ski edges in downtown Annecy, France. The founder was Francois Salomon, whose son, Georges, became the integral figure in turning the company into a worldwide leader of outdoor sports gear manufacturing. In 1952, Georges redesigned the company's production technique by introducing automated machinery. The new streamlined technology enabled Salomon to produce ski edges in greater quantities. Georges remained ahead of the competition by inventing a security toe piece, known as the skade, in 1955. The skade revolutionized how skis and boots were designed and built.
A redesign of the skade in 1961 led Salomon to gain national and international attention. The new toe piece was named after Emile Allais, considered to be the best Alpine skier at the time. Salomon would once again impact the evolution of ski equipment with its invention of a self-release heel-piece binding in 1966. The bindings were welcomed by professional skiers and used at the Olympic Winter Games in Portillo, Chile.
By 1972, Salomon had become the world's biggest ski binding manufacturer, selling more than one million pairs of bindings that year. Demand outweighed supply and Salomon opened a bindings production plant in Annecy le Vieux, France. Salomon ski bindings became a staple in the world of skiing, and its name synonymous with quality ski gear. The recognition allowed Salomon to sign extreme skier Sylvian Saudan. Saudan was not a traditional Alpine skier and represented a chance for Salomon to venture outside of bindings. By 1976, Salomon established "The Club Line," which featured apparel, bags and gear.
Salomon released their first snowboard in 1997 after several years of development. The first board featured a simple single-colour topsheet graphic and advanced technologies adopted from the resources of the ski experts. The company built a strong team of pro riders including Daniel Frank and Michelle Taggert. With an incredible ski and snowboard teams Salomon have become a huge presence with some of best most creative talent choosing to use this fantastic gear. Not content with this Salomon also produce a huge range of technical clothing, apparel, goggles, helmet and much much more!
Ever since Salomon have exploded into the internationally acclaimed manufacturer of high quality goods that everyone now knows. With an incredible legacy Salomon have a wealth of experience and knowledge that few can rival.