Rossignol was founded in 1907 in Isere, France and is one of the longest-running snow ski companies in the world. Founder Abel Rossignol, who manufactured wood products for the textile industry was a committed skier and used his carpentry skills to make a pair of skis out of solid wood.

When Laurent Boix-Vives bought the company in 1956, the company only focused on skiing equipment and began to sell them worldwide. Rossignol had a breakthrough during the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, when Jean Vuarnet of France won the downhill on Allais 60s, the company's first all-metal skis. Soon after, in 1964, Rossignol released the Strato, its first fibreglass ski.