Technology of Alpine Skiing


Christopher A. Brown, Ph.D., P.E.
Mechanical Engineering Department

Course sponsors: Rossignol Ski Company,Vermont Ski Safety Inc.

This course is dedicated to the memory of Mickey Cochran, 1923-1998, athlete, soldier, engineer and ski coach.


  • see hints for homework 2 to get the simple approach to the fore-aft lean question
  • check out this gate-bash and panel problem... note how the tip of the turning pole is bent around the panel, which is over the skier's shoulder, and how the non-turning pole is wacking him in the back
  • slide show for edging, turning and machining snow (copyright Christopher A. Brown) - as presented at the University of Innsbruck February 2000
  • slides of bindings, testers and release boots