Topped with an eye-catching heritage house pattern, a new, special-edition performance ski from Balmain, hand-crafted by Bomber Ski, builds directly upon Pierre Balmain’s distinctive tradition of deftly combining the liberating thrill of Alpine skiing with the polished finesse of Paris’ finest couture.
Growing up in France’s spectacular Savoy region, in the shadow of impressive snow-capped peaks, Pierre Balmain learned from his headstrong mother, Françoise, that skiing meant freedom. Françoise Balmain made it very clear that she was determined to enjoy life—even if that meant scandalizing her conservative neighbors. In the earliest decades of the twentieth century, many believed that it was unacceptable for a young woman to participate in mountain sports. But there was no way that anyone was going to stop the rebellious Françoise. She would simply hide her ski trousers beneath her tweed skirts as she marched out of her Alpine village, determined to escape for a few hours on the incredible pistes that towered above her home.
Just like his mother, Pierre Balmain spent his winters skiing down the steepest Alpine summits. His lifelong passion for the active lifestyle of his native region is reflected in several of his eponymous house’s most successful collections, since the sleek silhouettes of both ski and apres-ski wear were often directly incorporated into his signature “New French Style.”
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Inspired by the house founder’s extraordinary legacy of boldly combining Alpine adventure with Parisian elegance, Balmain has collaborated with Bomber, the performance luxury ski equipment brand, on an exclusive, limited-edition Balmain Ski. The historic Parisian house, long celebrated for its singular craftsmanship and impeccable tailoring, selected Bomber Ski as a partner because it shares Balmain’s commitment to never compromising in its dedication to meeting the highest standards of quality, craft and design.
Handcrafted in Bomber’s factory in Cossato, Italy, with a full wood-core construction and covered with an updated spin on the house’s striking Mini-Monogram pattern—a motif that Monsieur Balmain first presented to the fashion world on his early '80s couture runways—the Balmain-Bomber ski excels at on-piste performance with off-trail capability.
The Balmain Ski from Bomber is available in three lengths—150, 160 and 170cm
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More than 75 years ago, when Pierre Balmain first introduced his “New French Style,” it immediately became clear to all that his eponymous house was offering a distinctly fresh, bold, and feminine conception of haute couture, one which broke with many of the well-established conventions of the era. His audaciousness paid off. Pierre Balmain became one of the handful of young French talents who ushered in the mid-century golden age of couture and helped to re-establish Paris as the world’s fashion capital. Since 2011, Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has been inventively building upon Pierre Balmain’s extraordinary legacy, while always remaining true to his own determination to design clothes that reflect the way his inclusive, powerful, and global Balmain Army wishes to live today. The result is a unique and instantly recognizable Balmain silhouette, style and attitude that highlights the singular craftsmanship of the house’s celebrated ateliers, while consistently referencing a rich Parisian heritage.
Bomber Ski is a performance luxury ski equipment brand that is emerging as a major player in the luxury alpine world. Bomber seeks to “Aim Beyond” in every endeavor, with its mission to relentlessly pursue engineering and handcrafting the best skis in the world without compromise in order to enable recreational skiers, of every level, to ski exponentially better and to elevate their entire ski experience. Bomber Ski also designs other leading ski gear, all manufactured in Italy and which provides the highest quality, design and unparalleled performance. Bomber Ski owns its factory in Cossato, Italy where all of their skis are hand-crafted, enabling the brand to fully control the quality of its products through a team of master craftsmen. Bomber products are sold online and are available in over 40 stores in the leading resorts of Europe and the US, such as Courchevel, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Gstaad, Cortina, Aspen, Deer Valley, Vail, Jackson Hole, etc. with a full showroom at their global headquarters located at 681 Fifth Avenue in New York City. Beyond equipment, Bomber delivers extraordinary experiences and services in Europe and the US, designed to bring an elevated level to the ski experience.
ABOUT THE BOMBER X BALMAIN SKIS
Stable at both high and low speeds, the Balmain-Bomber limited-edition All Mountain skis are handcrafted in Bomber’s own factory in Cossato, Italy from the most technologically advanced materials for precise, dynamic performance on a variety of terrains. The skis are crafted by hand from the highest quality materials and engineered for a responsive, effortless feel. The skis will empower all skiers - novice to expert - to ski better with more confidence and control, enhancing their experience in all conditions.
• 78mm underfoot
• On-piste performance with off-trail capability
• Full wood core construction
• The best steel edges known to man
• Base: PTEX 5920
• Equipped with a unique NFC chip with details make, serial number and tuning information