Craftspeople in France - ski maker

La Fabrique du Ski, based at Villard-de-Lans has a range of 14 models of ski

The artisans keeping alive proud French ski traditions

Around half of the world’s skis were made in France in the 1980s, but many of the main manufacturers have now moved to countries where labour is cheaper.

There are, though, a growing number of small French artisanal companies where skis are made by hand.

One is La Fabrique du Ski, based at Villard-de-Lans, Isère, which has a range of 14 models of ski (fabriqueduski.com).

In the workshops, three craftsmen make 15 skis a week, each taking six to eight hours to make.

Christian Alary set up his own ski-making firm after working for well-known winter sports equipment specialist Rossignol

Their hallmark is the bamboo they are made with and the time the company devotes to research and development, so that design and performance are constantly reassessed and upgraded.

The company was created by Christian Alary in 2013. He was brought up in the ...

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