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1948 - The Beginning 

Robert (Bob) Lange makes the first recorded attempt to develop a plastic-reinforced ski boot made with polyester resin.



1962 - First Plastic Boot with Laces

First limited numbers production of new design, in blue and white, with the solution of molding the boot in two separate parts.

1965 - The First Modern Ski Boot

Lange introduces the first plastic ski boot with metal buckles.

1967 - Greene Wins First Inaugural World Cup 

Nancy Greene (CAN), aka “The Tiger”, wins the first inaugural World Cup with the LANGE COMP boot
(Image: Nancy Greene, Chamonix / Photo Credit: PRIVATE COLLECTION)

1968 - The First Woman's Ski Boot

Lange introduces the COMPETITE: the first ski boot designed specifically for women

Lange Wins Five Olympic Gold Medals

The LANGE COMPETITION boot wins five gold medals during the Olympic Games in Grenoble
72% of Olympic competitors wear LANGE

1970 - The First "Lange Girl"

Iconic images of women posing in Lange ski boots becomes a trademark of the brand
Including stars like Pamela Anderson over the years, the “Lange Girl” is later modernized, becoming the “Lange Icon”, showcasing Lange’s elite-level female athletes

1971 - The First Competition Ski Boot

Lange introduces the first competition-level ski boot

1972 - Three Gold Medals at Sapporo Olympic Games

Bernhard Russi (SUI) wins GOLD in Downhill
Gustav Thöni (ITA) wins GOLD in Giant Slalom and SILVER in Slalom. (He also wins the Overall World Cup title)
Barbara Cochran (USA) wins GOLD in women’s Slalom

(Image: Gustav Thöni)

1978 - The First Easy-to-Use Buckles

Lange introduces the BANSHEE: the first ski boot with easy-to-use buckles

1983 - Mahre Wins Third Overall World Cup Title

Phil Mahre (USA) wins his third consecutive overall World Cup title (1981, 1982, 1983) in the LANGE XLR

(Image: Phil Mahre, Ingemar Stenmark, Lake Placid (USA) / Photo Credit : PRIVATE COLLECTION)

1985 - Girardelli Wins First Overall World Cup

Marc Girardelli (AUT) wins his first-of-five Overall World Cup titles; a record yet to be matched in men’s alpine racing

(Image: Marc Girardelli, Heavenly Valley (USA) / Photo Credit: Agence Zoom)

1988 - The First Rear-Entry Ski Boot

Lange introduces the MID: the first ski boot with central opening/ rear-entry design

Four Gold Medals at Calgary Olympics

Alberto Tomba (ITA) wins GOLD in Giant Slalom and Slalom (2)
Franck Piccard (FRA) wins GOLD in Downhill
Marina Kiehl (FRG) wins GOLD in Downhill

1992 - Compagnoni Wins First Olympic Gold

Deborah Compagnoni (ITA) wins her first of three Olympic GOLD medals at the Albertville Olympic Games in Super G

1995 - Tomba Wins Overall World Cup Title

Alberto Tomba (ITA) finally reaches his dream, winning the Overall World Cup title
By the end of his career, Tomba and LANGE will win 50 World Cup races together

(Image: Alberto Tomba, Garmisch (GER) / Photo Credit: Agence Zoom)

1998 - Maier Wins Olympic Gold Twice in Nagano

Hermann Maier (AUT) aka “The Herminator” wins two GOLD medals at the Nagano Olympic Games in Super G and Giant Slalom
Over his career, Maier won four crystal globes, two Olympic Gold medals, and was a three-time World Champion

The Introduction of the L10

Lange introduces the L10: the first ski boot with self-adapting FLO material surrounding the ankles for a more customized fit

2008 - Riesch Wins Two Crystal Globes

Maria Riesch (GER) wins 2 crystal globes in the Combined and Super G
Riesch will go on to win multiple Olympic Gold medals and World Championships, including a Gold and Silver in the Combined and Super G in Sochi (2014)

2009 - LANGE Dominates World Championships

At the Val d’Isere World Championships:

Maria Riesch (GER) wins GOLD in Slalom
Tina Maze (SLO) wins SILVER in GS
Lara Gut wins SILVER in Downhill and Super Combined
Maria Marchand Arvier (FRA) wins SILVER in SG
Nadia Fanchini (ITA) wins BRONZE in Downhill

(Image: Marie Marchand Arvier / Photo Credit: Agence Zoom)

Ducroz Wins Freeride World Tour

Aurelien Ducroz (FRA) is named the overall Freeride World Tour Champion
Ducroz would win the Verbier Xtreme for the second time that the same year

In 2011 Ducroz wins both the Verbier Xtremes and the Freeride World Tour again 

2010 - A New Benchmark in Fit and Performance

Lange introduces the RS 130 and RS 130 WIDE. The industry’s first mono-injected high-performance boots with "Choose your Width" option offers the same real-deal performance in 97mm and 100mm fits

Finally skiers no longer have to sacrifice  a comfortable fit for real-deal performance

Multiple Medals at Vancouver Olympics

Maria Riesch (GER) wins two GOLD medals in the Combined and Slalom
Didier Defago (SUI) wins GOLD in Downhill
Tina Maze (SLO) wins two SILVER medals in Super G and Giant Slalom 
Julia Mancuso (USA) wins 2 SILVER medals in Downhill and Super Combined

2011 - More Success In and Out of the Gates

At the Garmisch World Championships:

Tina Maze (SLO) wins GOLD medal in Giant slalom and SILVER in Super Combined
Federica Brignone (ITA) wins SILVER medal in Giant Slalom
Maria Riesch (GER) wins 2 BRONZE medals in Downhill and Super G
Julia Mancuso (USA) wins SILVER in Super G
Maria Riesch (GER) wins Overall World Cup title

Aurelien Ducroz (FRA) is named the overall Freeride World Tour Champion for the second time (2009, 2011) and wins the Verbier Xtremes for the third time (2006, 2009, 2011)

2013 - Maze Wins Overall World Cup

Tina Maze (SLO) wins the Overall World Cup Champion with a record breaking 2414 points

World Cup Dominance at Schaldming

Tina Maze (SLO) wins 3 medals: one GOLD in Super G and two SILVER medals in Giant Slalom and Super Combined  
Maria Riesch (GER) wins 3 medals: one GOLD in Super Combined, and two BRONZE in Downhill and the Team Event.
Nadia Fanchini (ITA) wins SILVER in Downhill
Lara Gut (SUI) wins SILVER in Super G

Comfort and Performance for Wide Feet

Lange introduces the SX 120: the industry’s first mono-injected 102mm last ski boot

Finally skiers with wider feet no longer have to sacrifice a comfortable fit for real-deal performance

2014 - LANGE Dominates at Sochi Olympics

Lange’s excellence is on display in Sochi as Lange athletes are awarded more medals than any other boot brand, including five GOLD medals and a sweep on the women’s Downhill podium!

Tina Maze (SLO) wins two GOLD medals in Downhill (shared with Gisin) and Giant Slalom
Maria Hoëfl-Riesch (GER) wins one GOLD medal in Combined and one SILVER medal in Super G
Dominique Gisin wins one GOLD medal in Downhill (shared with Maze)
Lara Gut (SUI) wins one BRONZE medal in Downhill
Jan Hudec (CAN) wins one BRONZE medal in Super G
Jean-Frédéric Chapuis (FRA) and Arnaud Bovolenta (FRA) win Ski Cross GOLD and SILVER

The Evolution of LANGE: The Premium Benchmark

Lange introduces the evolution of the state-of-the-art RS series with the new RS 140…

…and introduces the industry’s first high-performance 102mm boot that climbs with the XC 120

2015 - Jean Fred Chapuis

With four victories this winter including the last during the finals in Megeve, Jean-Fred Chapuis has won his first crystal globe in skicross! Alizée Baron has taken the 2nd place of the overall

Legendary Aurélien Ducroz

Legendary Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) – who always succeeds 3 times in this race - and rookie Hazel Birnbaum (USA) won the 20th edition of the Verbier Xtreme. Reine Barkered (SWE) took second place and finished third at Overall Freeride World Tour.

XT 130

The new All Moutain-free XT130 and XT110 L.V. W ski boots are aimed at experienced skiers seeking complete control in all situations.

Tina Maze

Tina Maze has taken the 2nd place of the overall World Cup with 13 podiums and came back from Beaver Creek’s World Championships with two gold medals and one in silver.

2016 - The new XT Freetour

The XT FREETOUR combines the excellent skiability of Lange piste boots with the easy walking of ski-touring boots.

Ski cross in World Cup!

Lange flies over the Skicross World Cup! Congratulations to our Lange athletes Jean-Fred Chapuis, winner of the overall for the 2nd year in a row and Chris Delbosco 2nd & on the women side to Alizée Baron, 3rd of the Skicross World Cup. They all realized a strong season with 6 podiums including 4 victories for Chapuis, 5 podiums including 2 victories for Delbosco and 5 podiums for Baron.

RS 140

The famous blue boot will be showing its wild side this winter and turning everyone’s head as it powers through the gates by adding a touch of orange to its shell!