Artisan Cyril Cote has garnered an exceptional reputation among those who cherish their wooden boards. He is the go-to guy in the region for beautiful skis and his business has enabled him to combine his passions for skiing, life in the mountains and woodwork. He began crafting skis after meeting local legend Jean-Louis Tardy.
Jean-Louis Tardy had been crafting wooden skis for decades and his brand Ski Bois Tardy was highly regarded. In 2001, a friend of Cyril Cote bought two pairs of skis from Ski Bois Tardy in Saint-Pierre-d’Alvey. Jean-Louis was then 67 and had begun to consider the idea of passing on his skills to a younger artisan so that his brand could continue after he retired. He happened to mention this to Cyril’s friend.
When Cyril Cote, a native of Saint-Gervais, heard this, he decided to visit Tardy. Following their meeting, Jean-Louis agreed to train Cyril and to sell him the Ski Bois Tardy brand. Cyril had always skied and worked the ski lifts in the winter. His grandfather was a carpenter and had inspired Cyril’s love of working with wood. Jean-Louis Tardy had found the perfect protégé.