The beginnings of alpine skiing
Coming from the Norwegians, alpine skiing is a derivative of Nordic skiing. In 1880, they built the first skis designed for downhill skiing. Alpine skiing arrived in France in 1897 in the Hautes-Alpes, under the impetus of the 28th battalion of Alpine hunters. And it is in Switzerland that the first international ski competitions were organized in 1902 and 1907 then reserved only for the military.
In 1931, the discipline became official with slalom and downhill. Alpine skiing is then integrated into the Olympic Games of 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The French like Jean Vuarnet, Marielle Goitschel or Jean-Claude Killy occupy the front of the scene in the sixties.