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In the history of skiing, what would you say is the single biggest breakthrough in technology to advance the sport?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

A question from our interview with Jed Duke from Blizzard/Tecnica. Jed answered: "A plastic shell ski boot. You know, going from a leather boot to a true boot, you got much more support, much more sensitivity, and better response. Without that, we couldn't be doing any of what we're doing today."

 

What do other people think.........

post #2 of 22

I was going to say Head's metal ski... but I gotta agree, plastic shell boots were more important.

post #3 of 22
The boots...
post #4 of 22

Ski brakes. Not even close. 

post #5 of 22
The chairlift.
post #6 of 22

PTEX bottoms.

What good are boots when you are busy doping up a wooden ski bottom with pine tar and wax?

Fact is, modern materials have revolutionized most sports and created some new ones like windsurfing and kitesurfing.

post #7 of 22

Repeat topic.  See this thread and poll.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/112721/most-important-innovation-in-skiing

post #8 of 22

No doubt about it - Phil's right.

post #9 of 22

1/ Plastic boots

2/ Rockered skis

3/ Carving sidecut

post #10 of 22

The releasable ski binding.

post #11 of 22

Metal edges.

post #12 of 22

Hot Dog...the Movie.

post #13 of 22

Tough question but you folks are all wrong.  After the metal edge skis, chair lift,  and toe/heel release bindings, the snow grooming tiller like this PistonBully  AlpineFlexTiller is the most important technology breakthrough. 

 

 

The snow tiller technology is extremely important here in the northeast.   Personally I don't like groomers and I would expect most of the active people in this forum do not like groomers.  I remember skiing before the days of good tillers.  For beginners and intermediates it was bad very bad.  Expert skiers could manage but it was no fun.   Groomers are extremely important to get people past those first 3 days of never ever learn to ski and then past the intermediate ski ability onto expert.  Without groomers there would be even more beginners that would say skiing is just to hard.

 

Yeah snow making technology is also important to extend the ski season.  Without the snow grooming tiller it would not matter how long you extended the ski season. 

post #14 of 22
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Hot Dog...the Movie.

biggrin.gif  No argument here!

post #15 of 22

Repeat topic but my answer here might vary so here goes;

 

1. The Arlberg Technique

2. Rope tows 

3. Trains, cars and planes.

 

Any other innovations just makes the sport easier or more fun, take your pick.

post #16 of 22

Metal edges!  

post #17 of 22
the hot tub....never mind the time machine.
post #18 of 22

Could the obvious answer be SKIS?

post #19 of 22

How about the ability to block posts on Epickski?  And the emoticons biggrin.gif

post #20 of 22
Stretch pants.
post #21 of 22

Snow making.

post #22 of 22

Hotronics

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