Winter Sports Industry

Krush KushionZ technology can be used in two basic applications for winter sports:

•    CRASH BARRIERS FOR SKI FIELDS
•    LANDING BAGS FOR AERIAL SPORTS

1.     Barriers for Ski Fields:

As witnessed by so many accidents when skiers/snowboarders lose control and hit objects (even during the Olympics when one would assume they do their very best to protect against bad publicity) there is a need for effective barriers. We have already made in-roads in this industry.

There is a part of ski fields where KK technology has particular application and that is in Snow Tubing. There is almost always a requirement to stop these tubes at the bottom of the hill and until now they have used foam rubber mats which are not very soft to hit at all and the industry experiences a significant amount of injuries.

We have created a product called ShortStopZ which works far better than anything else on the market. Our first customer - Massanutten Resort (Shenandoah Valley) - has reported that the system behaved flawlessly without popping a stitch.

 
The two photos of the ShortStopZ below are of the demo model that they use at trade shows. The units can be ordered to any length or height and they are laced together to form any length.

The photo below is with the top sheet on.

ShortStopZ with top sheet

 

The second photo blow is with the top sheet off to show the operating system.

ShortStopz without top sheet

 

2.     Landing Bags for Aerial Sports:

 

This heading can be devided into two categories:

  • Leisure activities
  • Professional activites

In both cases, the current technology uses a big soft bag. It works reasonably well for the leisure activities market from relatively low heights but awkward falls from the kind of height that professional aerial skiers attain would result in injury because the surface of the bag reacts too slowly to the impact of the falling body. The Krush KushioNZ bag indents much more rapidly to absorb the impact of a head hitting the bag.

The problem with the current technology for both applications is tha fact that this big soft bag has a 'sweet spot.' If you land close to the edge on these things you will bounce off to the side so the bag must be large in order to create this sweet spot in the centre. The Krush KushioNZ bag is efective to the very edge of the bag so the size can be reduced to the actual landing area.

And by the time we're talking about proffesional winter sports - those other bags just does not work well enough because (a) the athlete is coming down from a much greater height and (b) the angles of impact are completely different. Have a look at the diagram below:

 

ShortStopZ aerial ski bag

 

This landing bag can be made to be as safe as the client wants - we simply increase the depth of the bag to relate to the height of the drop. The pressure inside the bag can also be regulated so that the athlete can start off practicing with a soft bag to absorb all mistakes and then increase the pressure to the point where he/she can ski off.