Firmin Mattis


A Champion Born in Val d'Isère : Firmin Mathis

A Champion Born in Val d'Isère : Firmin Mathis


Firmin Mathis was the first winner of the Critérium de la première neige in 1955. Born and raised in Val d'Isère, the son of farmers was the first of the family to go into competition much to the surprise of his parents . «  They used to wear their skis only to move from one place to another, particularly on Sundays, when they would go to the mass from « Le Fornet » hamlet to Val d'Isère ». Talented Firmin, helped by the famous skier Oreiller, soon started travelling abroad in order to participate in competitions, which included the Oslo Olympics in 1952 . In 1955 he was the first winner of the Critérium de la Première neige. The following season, while competing in Are, he sustained an injury that put an end to his profesianal career. He became a ski instructor and coach for the Club des Sports de Val d'Isère, where he trained the Goitschel sisters in the 60s. Firmin still enjoys skiing every winter