Boots. Without plastic boots modern skis could not perform well. Don't believe me? Try skiing on modern skis with the old leather boots and then ski on something from the 1960's or 1970's with modern boots. Boots are absolutely the most important technological breakthrough. Thank you LANGE.
In terms of skis? The HEAD Standard and later better-shaped skis from Elan and others.
In terms of bindings? Probably the LOOK/Nevada system since it is basically the same thing LOOK sells today. It stood the test of time.
In terms of a business model? Easy...the EPIC Pass.
In terms of instruction? I dunno.
In terms of wax? Adding flouro. I think Hertel was the first.
In terms of innovative boot technology? Daleboot wins, hands down. Lange had the straight sole but Daleboot holds more patents than anyone. Comfort? Lange was the first with Langeflo (the leather inner boots were good for putting scars on our feet before the "flo") but Daleboot was the first to actually build a custom plastic boot around one's foot, have removable canted soles, reverse buckles, etc.
Edited by quant2325 - 8/24/16 at 10:54am