It was back in 1963 that the brand with the slim "mustache" logo came into being close to the town of Sallanches, born from the inspired union of two manufacturing companies with strong ambitions. The partnership between Starflex skis, produced by Synthetic Plastics, and Dynamic resulted in the birth of a new high-performance skis called Dynastar - a clever blend of Dynamic and Starflex.
The 1966 World Championships in Portillo gave Dynastar a taste for victory. Marielle Goitschel and Guy Perillat have made their first three World Championship titles and the first three silver medals in its history. The brand became the manufacturer with the most victories in the World Championships.
On 31 May 1967, the managing director of Rossignol, Laurent Boix-Vives, attracted by Dynastar's daring, no-holds-barred approach, bought all of the Synthetic Plastics' assets from Northern Springs.
Sallanches produces more than 100,000 peers a year! Dynastar set to conquer the West and made it in America! These are a few of the most commonly asked questions in the world: "Who is the best?", "Solidarity", "Synergy between people, skills and positions," are passionate about skiing "
In the 1980s, sales rose steadily by 10 to 15% a year, up to the historic 1987 and 1988 seasons when they grew to record proportions: 530,000 peers and a turnover of 270 million francs. The brand was riding high, joining forces with Lange Ski Boots.
In 1984 the "Golden Race" reaches a higher technological level and is equipped with an intriguing red ball: the contact system, a damping device in the tip that hallmarks its era. At the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, the Italian Paoleta Magoni and the American Debbie Armstrong win gold medals in the Slalom and the Giant, and the Frenchman Didier Bouvet brings home the bronze in the Slalom.
At Albertville in 1992, and again at Lillehammer in 1994, Dynastar won more Olympic medals than any other ski brand with racing stars: Marc Girardelli, Kjetil André Aamodt, Deborah Compagnoni, and American Tommy Moe. Four medals were won over this period by Aamodt and Girardelli; while in Lillehammer, Moe became the first American ski racer to win two medals in a single Olympics with a gold in the Downhill and silver in the Super-G.
Dynastar was at the cutting edge of the parabolic revolution with its first Max ski, developed in a few months. The company has become one of the leaders and pioneers of the new generation of more fun, more accessible and more modern skis.
Dynastar was the first to bring a freeride ski series: the 4X4. Dynastar Team is represented by iconic riders such as Jeremy Nobis or Arno Adam.
The last decade has belonged to women skiers. This period is the time of the Exclusive series, designed exclusively for women. Dynastar made its mark once again in 2001 by being the first brand to develop technology specific to the physiology of female skiers.
In 2005, Rossignol Group is sold by the Australian brand: Quiksilver, then sold to the company Chartreuse and Mont Blanc. The chosen strategy was to turn the Sallanches into one of the Group's centers of excellence, specializing in top-of-line skis.
Aurélien Ducroz, member of the Dynastar team since 2004, has marked the last decade in the freeride ski area. The rider from Chamonix, as well as the Nissan Xtreme in Verbier or Nissan Freeride in Chamonix. He became World Champion twice in 2009 and 2011. At the same time, the Transat 6.50 and Transat Jacques Vabres.
Sochi 2014, two historical titles of Olympic Champion for Dynastar!
On Wednesday, February 12th Dominique Gisin became Downhill Olympic champion in Sochi to a tie with Tina Maze. At 28 years-old, the Swiss racer has had many successes in her career: joy with 7 World Cup podiums including 3 victories, pain with many knee injuries. This medal was very important for her: "This Olympic medal is a dream which comes true, it has a lot, a lot of work, tears, disappointments, but especially the will to never abdicate. this run. "
In skicross , Jean-Frédéric Chapuis and Arnaud Bovolenta have realized a great achievement in Sochi, taking the gold medal and the silver medal. The podium is completed by another French racer, Jonathan Midol. Our two skiers from Dynastar Team have built the podium with strong and controlled runs and they offer to France an historical hat-trick.
Jean-Frédéric Chapuis , World Champion in 2013 was very satisfied with his race: " It is a huge performance." This success, we have a team, a staff around Michel Lucatelli, with the physios, the technicians, the doctor. We made a very big physical preparation and That country today. Sincerely, we left nothing at random to make this triplet. It is beautiful. "
The cult ofthe Dynastar dynasty
More than just 22 skis that are quite simply legendary. Each truly iconic model inevitably has a story behind it, and a name too ... The name of a skier who has left his or her stamp on the history of skiing. We take a look at Dynastar's Hall of Fame, with comments from Jean Liard, Dynastar's chief breed technician until 2001.
1966 - THE MV2, WITH MARIELLE GOITSCHEL AND GUY PÉRILLAT
The all-metal MV2, worn by two of France’s skiing legends, brought the brand its first three world championship titles and first three silver medals. Their success enabled Dynastar to smash through the 5,000 order barrier. “The MV2 was my baby!” says Jean Liard. “It was my idea to stick a plate on top to make it rectangular. Because that made it heavier, I filled the holes with washing powder covered with resin when presenting the first model!”
1975 - THE OMEGLASS, WITH HENRI DUVILLARD
Dynastar was the first manufacturer to use acrylic foam to make the Omeglass, a light, incisive slalom ski which enabled Dynastar to stand out clearly from the competition. Henri Duvillard earned a world cup second place on Omeglass skis in 1975, followed by world cup victories in 1976 and 1977. “At the time, the Omeglass was the lightest ski on the market. That was when Rohacell® was developed, a very low-density compression-resistant foam. It was Rohacell® that made this ski possible.”
1978 - THE OMESOFT, WITH MR AVERAGE SKIER
Dynastar came up with the ultimate in accessible skiing. The shorter Omesoft became the world’s bestselling leisure ski. On the back of this ski, this brand made a spectacular breakthrough in the US, bringing skiing to the masses.
1984 - THE COURSE DORÉ, WITH PAOLETA MAGONI AND DEBBIE ARMSTRONG
The Course series had already been going for ten years when the Course Doré came out in 1984. It featured a brand new red ball: the Contact System, a shock absorber in the tip that was to have a big impact. At the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, Italian Paoleta Magoni and American Debbie Armstrong won gold in the slalom and giant slalom respectively. Didier Bouvet took bronze in the slalom. “Gold and red: a winning combination! The red ball was the first shock absorber to be incorporated into a ski. We took our inspiration from the Citroën 2CV: when the ski became skittish, the red ball at the end of the tip cancelled out some of the vibration.”
1992 - THE ASSAULT, WITH EDGAR GROSPIRON
Dynastar broke new ground with the Assault, a ski designed to tame moguls and bumpy pistes. Edgar Grospiron became the first Olympic moguls champion at Albertville and won the moguls world cup the same year on these rockets. “Our task was to develop a highly deformation-resistant ski for mogul skiers. I believe that Grospiron’s results, his great achievement, were down to the Assault,” says Jeannot Liard. The Assault range sold more than 100,000 pairs over 11 seasons.
1992-94 - THE COURSE AND OLYMPIC GOLD
This ski, shaped to curve inwards more at the waist, was designed to cope with the very specific demands of the Bellevarde Face, the legendary downhill course.The development of skis designed especially for La Face led to the idea of doing something similar to Deborah Compagnoni’s GS skis, the aim being to tailor her skis’ sidecut radius more closely to the turn radius on a GS course and to limit tail skid by improving the carve of the turn. And it worked: the Italian won on these skis, which for a while remained a closely guarded secret. It’s probably true to say that this change in design eventually led to the advent of today’s carving skis for everyone…
1996 - MAX CUT
Dynastar was at the cutting edge of the parabolic revolution with its first Max ski, developed in a few months. The company went on to become one of the leaders and pioneers of the new generations of more fun, more accessible and more modern skis.
1997 - THE DYNASTAR COURSE, WITH DEBORAH COMPAGNONI
The Italian Deborah Compagnoni achieved great things on the Dynastar Course with its ‘revolutionary’ sidecut, which went on to influence the entire parabolic range: giant slalom world champion at Sestrières and winner of the giant slalom World Cup. “Dynastar was the first brand to produce an integrated ski-and-binding-plate set. Derbyflex had launched a binding plate that worked on a simple principle: raising it enabled you to achieve a greater angle. It was so successful that the model was constantly out of stock; we had to mount used ones on new skis. Dynastar came up with a major innovation, producing its own plate that was supplied with the racing skis.”
1998 - THE DEEP GROOVE, WITH CANDIDE THOVEX
Freestyle was taking over the snowparks. All the young dudes were out stringing together tricks on the big airs and in the pipes. Dynastar kick-started the phenomenon by producing the first twin-tip skis. Candide Thovex won the big air at the Australian Xtreme Games in 1999 and at the X-Games in the USA in 2000 thanks to his unique style and control. “Hugely talented people like Candide came to us asking us to develop something for them. Dynastar has always been that: a technologically advanced pioneer,” says Jean Liard.
1998 - THE 4X4, WITH ARNO ADAM
Dynastar was the first to bring out a freeride ski series, giving ski areas everywhere a new-found sense of freedom. Freeride marked the return to off-piste and back country skiing. In the US, the brand’s iconic riders included Dave Swanwick, and later Jeremy Nobis. Chamonix boy Arno Adam became world champion on the legendary Alaskan mountainsides. “Arno Adam and others, Stéphane Dan and Stéphane Lagarde: I had the time of my life with these amazing skiers,” says Jeannot. “Laid-back and out for fun, they put everything into it. We did endless tests. They had an extraordinary mental attitude. For them it was all about escape and freedom, but they were still very focused on the product.”
2002 - THE OMEGLASS AUTODRIVE, WITH JEAN-PIERRE VIDAL
Alpine ski competition regained the recognition it deserved with the Autodrive concept, technology that improved skiability and pushed back the limits of performance. Jean- Pierre Vidal became Olympic slalom champion at Salt Lake City on the ‘new’ Omeglass. All the models in the range featured the Autodrive concept. After winning with Jean- Noël Augert decades earlier, Omeglass ski were winning again with his nephew Jean-Pierre Vidal!
2003 - THE SKICROSS 10, WITH HIROOMI TAKIZAWA
Alpine skiing became even more fun with ski cross, a kind of downhill obstacle race with four competitors racing at the same time. Dynastar developed the Skicross line for these modern-day gladiators. Japanese Hiroomi Takizawa was hard to beat, using his elbows to give opponents the cold shoulder and win the World C up general classification in the discipline. In 2014, in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Dynastar is still very much in the running in ski cross, working with key figures such as 2013 world champion Jean-Frédérique Chappuis.
2003 - THE EXCLUSIVE 8, WITH WOMEN EVERYWHERE
The first woman’s ski to incorporate Autodrive Women technology (called the Exclusive Balance System in 2005), it also has a handle to make the skis easier to carry, features that are exclusive to Dynastar women’s series Exclusive.
2004 - THE LEGEND 8000
A very fitting name! This ski made a big impact in its day, enabling Dynastar to become a benchmark freeride manufacturer. The Legend, like the 4x4 and Intuitiv before it, certainly got the job done, and that wasn’t the half of it. Here was a ski designed to go for it no questions asked, a truly all-terrain model that could go anywhere, and always ahead of the rest! A women’s version of the Exclusive Legend followed the next season.
2007 - THE LEGEND PRO RIDER, WITH AURÉLIEN DUCROZ
This was the weapon that enabled this sailor-in-waiting to become freeride world champion on the 2009 FWT. Aurélien needed a mountain man’s ski, developed and moulded at the foot of Mont Blanc. Extraordinary lift, amazing float and pivoting action, remarkably easy to steer and a staggering manoeuvrability for a ski of its size.
2008 - THE ALTI MYTHIC LIGHT, WITH RÉMI LÉCLUSE
Thanks to its combination of lift, lightness and traction, this ski opened the door to a new trend: ‘free touring’. Tragically killed in an avalanche on Manaslu in autumn 2012, the brand’s extreme ski ambassador Rémi Lécluse left behind an heir, Vivian Bruchez, who achieved a number of firsts the following season, including the descent from the Migot Spur (Aiguille du Chardonnet). The extreme skier also made tracks this year on the ‘50e Hurlants’ (Aravis Massif) and in the Frigor Couloir (Mont Blanc Massif).
2011 - THE PIERRA MENTA ROCKER CARBON, WITH WILLIAM BON-MARDION AND FLORENT PERRIER
The Pierra Menta Carbon, the ski mountaineering racing ski, scooped all the medals. In 2012 a rocker version was made to gain precious seconds on the descent. Florent Perrier, and later William Bon-Mardion, won every contest on this ski, overtaking the legendary Kilian Jornet on the descent.
2013 - THE CHAM 107, WITH REINE BARKERED
Cham and Cham HM. With the revolutionary Levitation Profile Technology, Dynastar has created a ski with both traction and manoeuvrability. Riders love its versatility, and its tremendous ability to do the job well is redefining the codes of freeride. “Dynastar has a long history of building the best skis,” says Reine Barkered. High praise indeed when it comes from the 2012 freeride world champion, who also came second in the Freeride World Tour GC in 2013.
2014 - THE CHROME, WITH ALL OF US!
This is what Dynastar has been leading up to: a double-wood-core ski packed with technology. Because a majority of skiers ski on the piste these days, the brand was keen to give them the best too. This ‘Origine France Garantie’-certified ski is precise, technical and demanding. Edgy, lively and powerful, it will take expert skiers to the next level.
THE POWERTRACK 89
In 2014: Dynastar is reinventing the all-mountain category, combining the best of the Cham and the Chrome to create an ultra-versatile high-performance ski. The name is reassuringly familiar to brand groupies, harking back to a benchmark all-mountain ski developed in the 2000s: the 4x4 Powertrack.
2016 - THE POWERDRIVE TECHNOLOGY & THE FACTORY TEAM
In 2016, Dynastar launched its new technological signature. The powerdrive technology was pioneered in response to JF Chapuis' need for comfort, fluidity and speed on a terrain, spawning a whole new approach to ski construction and design.
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"IT GIVES YOU MORE PRECISION, CONTROL AND FLUIDITY ... SKI EQUIPPED WITH THE POWERDRIVE TECHNOLOGY ARE MORE POWERFUL, BUT THIS LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE IS DOWN TO THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN COMFORT."
First available in the new SPEEZONE and INTENSE track range, the technology will be adapt on all the future development of the brand, as a brand signature.