Allais or the legend of Emile

Allais ou la légende d’Emile… the history of a French skier …

Chamonix inspires many photographers as well as some authors…. Gilles Chappaz, a great writer in the sportive world, has worked on Emile Allais’ experience as a French Alpine skier.

This book reveals the exceptional journey of Emile Allais, the pioneer of French skiing.  He was a ski champion, avant-garde designer and creator of ski resorts.

Jean-Claude Killy once said of Emile “he has opened the way, cleared the path like a snow plough . . . His were the original ideas for the conception of the ski areas, their upkeep and the security of the runs, ski equipment . . .”  This elegant and smiling man, died over 100 years ago in October 2012, after a long life on the ski tracks.

This book was written in homage to her Father by Karen and Gilles Chappaz. A new edition is available with new illustrations, an additional chapter as well as Jean-Claude Killy’s moving preface.

You can read this beautiful book in our hotels (Hotel Le Morgane or Hotel Les Aiglons) or browse it on the following web sites: or