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1930's Innovation in ski binding technology

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@Phlox shared this article with me a few days ago and I'm thinking about the old wooden skis with leather straps that I have in my home, formerly owned by my great great uncle, and I couldn't help but think about the difference in binding technology, not to mention the rest of the advances in ski gear.  I wonder what Uncle Gunner would think. 

 

Ski Champion's Innovation Transformed the Sport

 

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“He would get a kind of elvish look on his face when he told [the story]. He had a broken leg, he was in the hospital, and in a painkiller-induced dream, he realized the principle he could use for this ski binding,” says Lang.

Hjalmar Hvam was a champion ski jumper.

Hjalmar Hvam was a champion ski jumper.

courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society

That was the moment of the inspiration for the world’s first quick-release, safety ski binding.

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Here is a picture from his patent application.US2236874-0.png

 

Edited by Posaune - 5/26/14 at 1:45pm
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^^^ that's cool.

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My ankle just made a popping sound when I looked at that hahaha!  Seriously though I tried to ski a pair of REALLY big wooden skis with those kind of bindings while wearing snow mobile boots once when I was like 10 or 11 years old.  It didn't go well at all LOL!  I got the skis at a garage sale for a couple bucks.

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I have skied on the ones pictured above at Timberline. Not too bad on soft Snow on the Bunny hill. Icy and steep......you will die.

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I remember asking about the TR of the old wooden skis somewhere and someone aptly said......What turn radius? 

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I remember asking about the TR of the old wooden skis somewhere and someone aptly said......What turn radius? 

Infinity!

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That is an interesting binding. Was it ever produced? Lived through beartraps, so those would have been a piece of cake.

 

If you can find a pair of garage sale skis with cable bindings very cheap, buy them.  Cut the tails off right behind the heels of your boots, and ski them on the steepest thing you can find in loose snow.  Quality of the snow has no baring what soever.  You could ski an elevator shaft with this set-up, and your tracks will make everybody crazy.

 So much fun!  

Used to do this with Army white elephant skis when they were available for about $5, still creates a smile. 

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