Skiing pioneer Georges Salomon passes away at 85

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 6, 2010 8:49 am

The ski industry has lost another legend. Georges Salomon – the original founder of Salomon – passed away Tuesday in Annecy, France at the age of 85.

The son of a French saw blade manufacturer, Salomon not only helped grow his company into the ski juggernaut that it remains today, but also gave rise to a number of important innovations that as skiers we often take for granted.

After originally developing his company as a saw blade producer, Salomon noticed an emerging market for manufacturing ski cross-sections.

But perhaps Salomon’s greatest gift for skiers to this day wasn’t his initial foray into the ski world; Salomon was also the brains behind launching the first releasable binding – something that has saved countless ACLs among the ski community.

In 1970, the Salomon group became the world leader in ski bindings, selling more than a million pairs.

Salomon remained on board with the company until 1997 when it was purchased by Adidas. In 2005 the company was sold to Amer Sports, who remain the current owners.