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post #121 of 151
1. Head ski
2. Plastic boot (Lange)
3. Tyrolia/Marker bindings with releasibility (#1 safety item)
4. Tucker Sno Cat beginning of grooming era.
5. Sidecut (anyone 30 or less probably never had to learn on a straight ski)
6. Goretex
7. Helmets logic finally kicked in
8. Lifts duh!
post #122 of 151

1. Modern ski lifts = more time on the snow

2. User friendly ski gear (skis, boots, binding) = super fast learning curve, easier for skiers of lesser ability to ski all snow and terrain conditions

3. Snowmaking and grooming = consistent, weather-resistant sliding surface

4. Lightweight, warm outdoor clothing = more time on the snow with more comfort/warmth

post #123 of 151

the internet forum.

 

/thread

:snowfight

post #124 of 151

Warrren Miller Movies have inspired millions to try the sport but I have to concur with modern ski clothes, in the 70's/80's it was miserable to ski in any weather below 2ish, forget skiing in wind.  I just skied a few mornings at zero or below and 30MPH winds with temps in the low teens without a second thought.

post #125 of 151
Skiing would not have made it to today if wasn't for cute ski bunnies.

Sexist as it may seem, early ski bunnies worked their charm.
post #126 of 151

Metal edges

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USB-rechargeable battery powered cannabis oil vaporizers.

post #128 of 151

 duct tape.

post #129 of 151
The introduction of carbon fiber

As different modulus options trickle down and ski designers optimize layups, I would think most mid to high-end skis will be made out of it

Give it
post #130 of 151

Shotski

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Parabolic shape and rocker for greatest innovation of skis

post #132 of 151
Composites.
post #133 of 151

The Ski Tote. 

 

post #134 of 151

boot tree

post #135 of 151

Pit Zips are huge too....botabag has kinda fallen out of being cool but it was at one time....studded snow tires and more awd/4wd availability on current autos is nice...I remember laughing at the gapers in Camaros going to the mtn's to ski....nothing against the Camaro or other fine rwd cars but not good on snow....ABS is way up there too....I'm old

post #136 of 151
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Pit Zips are huge too....botabag has kinda fallen out of being cool but it was at one time....studded snow tires and more awd/4wd availability on current autos is nice...I remember laughing at the gapers in Camaros going to the mtn's to ski....nothing against the Camaro or other fine rwd cars but not good on snow....ABS is way up there too....I'm old


loved the bota bag back in the day!  still got one laying around the house from the 80's - better to wipe out on than a flask :D

post #137 of 151

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
post #138 of 151
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Originally Posted by MerlinTi View Post

The introduction of carbon fiber

As different modulus options trickle down and ski designers optimize layups, I would think most mid to high-end skis will be made out of it

Give it

carbon fibre shotski

post #139 of 151

!993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, sidecuts, fabrics for clothing  and ski technologies all made ski life more complete.

post #140 of 151

Carbon Fiber skis?

post #141 of 151

A lot of people on this thread seem to think that the breakthrough they experienced within their own lifetimes counts as the best thing ever. It ain't. The big year was 1928, when both the alpine binding and steel edges were invented. Anyone here remember that?

post #142 of 151

Whenever gloves started coming with a loop for your wrist. 

post #143 of 151
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Whenever gloves started coming with a loop for your wrist. 

My parents had that 80 years ago with a long piece of yarn and clothespins!
post #144 of 151
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Originally Posted by Seth Masia View Post
 

A lot of people on this thread seem to think that the breakthrough they experienced within their own lifetimes counts as the best thing ever. It ain't. The big year was 1928, when both the alpine binding and steel edges were invented. Anyone here remember that?


Seth

 

You may be correct but not everyone has the extensive background you have as a result of your career in writing about the ski business.  Those that work/worked in the industry also will have some wisdom compared to the average skier. Us older skiers may have a bit more history but we still are a victims of how much time we have devoted to our sport. So I guess that all the answers are acceptable just based on the frame of reference of the person answering the question.

post #145 of 151

The ski lift. 

 

How many people on here would even be skiers without them?

post #146 of 151

I understand your point, Uncle A. But the original question was "In the HISTORY of skiing, what has been the MOST SIGNIFICANT technological breatkthrough."  

 

I do like the ski lift nomination -- without it, there'd be a significant number of skiers only in Scandinavia and maybe Russia -- and they'd all be cross country skiers. 95% of us are too lazy to climb big hills.

post #147 of 151

I'm going to stick with the Arlberg Technique. Before Arlberg there was just skiing. After Arlberg there was Nordic Skiing and Alpine Skiing.

post #148 of 151

From my own equipment turning points for improved skiing from back in the day: were also the:

Step-in binding - released with the tip of a ski pole

Rear entry Salomon boots got me on the slopes faster

 

And- Double pane no-fog Smith goggles - hands down better than the old cheap single pane Carreras I had then!

 

Today; what is not to love about shaped skis with minimal torsional flex?

post #149 of 151
Sorry guys, you're all wrong. Number one is music in your ears and number two is on mountain restaurants and bars!!! We just love our European après ski. No matter the crappiest day, long lift lines or equipment hassles, at the end of everyday, there is the Après... bring it on!!
post #150 of 151

Must be unanimous then...The single most greatest design improvement..... to Ski Technology .... looks something like this:

Lol

 

 

 

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