|While I was skiing with my young son on a green slope in Colorado, I fell backwards, my skis didn’t release, and in the process I tore my ACL. At the doctor’s office I was told there were 1000 ACL injuries reported in Aspen alone the previous year. From this it has been estimated that there are 10,000 such ski injuries in Colorado each year, and 50,000 injuries across the world each year.
$20,000 dollars worth of surgery later, I am still never going to be the athlete I was before the accident. I have subsequently resolved to be part of a solution to this particular ski problem.
The last great improvement to skiing has been made. With my patent-pending bailout system, skiers will finally have a human controlled mechanism to get out of their skis as soon as they feel it necessary.
There are three basic components to our system. First the rear binding is mounted in a fundamentally different manner. I am currently patenting the first track-mounted binding, where the entire rear binding member is mounted on a sliding track.
Attached to this sliding binding is a spring loaded ejection system, that, when triggered, slides the rear binding back one inch, effectively changing a size 10 binding to a size 15. This instant resizing allows the skier to bailout of his skis, freeing his or her legs from the leg breaking skis.
This bailout mechanism is controlled by the last part of our invention, a radio controlled, ski pole mounted trigger that signals the spring to unload and release the binding. This device is similar, both in operation and in size, to a common automobile door opener.
Where the Invention Stands Today
There have already been two working prototypes created, the simple spring release system, as well as a gas-charged prototype, which uses compressed carbon dioxide to hold the spring in place. Both work amazingly well. The invention is also going through the patent process, and three patent searches have shown it to be an extremely unique invention.
Background of the invention: