Hall of Famer

Emile Cochand

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine, Cross-country
Date of Birth / Death: 1890 - 1987
Hometown: St. Croix-Vaud, Switzerland / Ste. Marguerite, QC
Active Career Period: 1911 - 1950
Induction CSHF: 1983
Induction Category: Alpine, Cross-Country, Builder, Instructor
Emile Cochand. CSHFM Collection.

Swiss ski champion, Emile Cochand, emigrated to Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains in 1911, bringing with him 100 pairs of skis and poles with which to establish the first ski school at Ste-Agathe’s Laurentide Inn.

In 1914, he operated his own resort hotel at Ste-Marguerite “It was just a little more luxurious then than camping but it was on the rough side, to be quite frank” was his comment about conditions at the resort. The original lodge burned down shortly after its completion and in 1917, he rebuilt the lodge, Chalet Cochand, which still exists
today and was the first ski resort established in the Laurentians.

He was instrumental in founding the Laurentian Resorts Association and was its president for 12-years. He promoted the first United States ski train to the Laurentians and was involved in the first indoor winter sports show held in Madison Square Gardens in 1938. In 1936, the Chalet Cochand installed a J-bar lift, Canada’s first overhead cable ski lift, with another first in 1938 with the installation of the first double-seat chairlift.

To Emile Cochand, the building and promotion of the sport was his life’s work.


Please Note: The ski information gathered here is compiled from a number of sources; it may not be inclusive of all accomplishments.
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Magazine articles & photographs, memorabilia from the Historical background of Louis Cochand, c.1980s. CSHFM Collection.

Photograph from the Historical background of Louis Cochand; c.1980s.
Photograph from the Historical background of Louis Cochand, c.1980s. CSHFM Collection.

Emile Cochand in mid-air, executing a jump-turn. Possibly in the Laurentians c. 1920s. CSHFM Collection.

Chalet Cochand postcard. CSHFM Collection.

Slalom Ski Hill at Chalet Cochand postcard. Banq Collection.

Emile Cochand. CSHFM Collection.


Emile Cochand, standing with skis