Are we in danger of confusing even ourselves in the jargon we use, as charged in a SAM editorial, and is a name change all that it takes to delete release from the capabilities of a ski binding?

Subject: “Playing The Game” – SKI AREA MANAGEMENT (1/99 page 46) Answer: Over the years I have been modestly successful in restraining my enthusiasm for Seth Masia’s editorials. But in “Playing the Game” I found his arguments both witty and right on the money. However, as I flipped the page, it almost seemed as if … read more »

Can this or any ski binding truly protect the knee?

Subject: “Salomon Says ‘Oversize’ Binding Will Protect Knees” – WINTERSPORT BUSINESS (1/99 page 22) Answer: In our opinion the claims attributed to the Salomon representative regarding protection of the knee are not supported by the scientific literature. They appear to be similar to claims made by Salomon three years ago which were roundly criticized at … read more »

Is skiing becoming more dangerous as claimed by The Wallstreet Journal?

Subject: “Down A Slippery Slope” The Wallstreet Journal – (1/8/99) Answer: My colleague Dr. Jasper Shealy and I were interviewed by the WSJ authors and their staff for this article. While we take some credit for redirecting their efforts, the resulting article is incorrect and incomplete. The interviewers made it very plain that they were … read more »

Who should get the credit for advances in skier safety?

Subject: “The 25 Most Influential People” Skiing Magazine January 1999 Edition – (1/99 pg 97) Answer: More than any other person the late Al Greenberg, former Editor-in-Chief of SKIING Magazine, set the agenda during the period of greatest improvement in skier safety. By encouraging research and the standards development process, Al made intelligent debate possible. … read more »

Is skiing becoming more dangerous as claimed by the LA Times?

Subject: “Group Offers Reward to Counter Skiers’ Deadly Road Rage” L.A. Times – (2/14/99) Answer: This article, republished in dozens of newspapers around the country, follows in the footsteps of the WSJ piece of 1/8/99 (FAQ #1). Although the WSJ blamed the ski areas for an increase in injuries and the Times blames out-of-control skiers … read more »

How can I help to reduce the risk of injury while skiing?

Subject: Eight Steps to Safer Skiing Answer: Please review our EIGHT STEPS TO SAFER SKIING. 1) Equipment Selection and Maintenance – At the beginning of each season visit a well-equipped ski shop that maintains a staff qualified to properly service your bindings, tune your skis, and evaluate your ski boot’s fit and function. This website, … read more »