Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this project is to design an impact barrier that protects people in snow sports, and prevents them from going off the trail in falls. It has a focus on racing, as participants are at increased risk. To be useful in this area, there is an emphasis on rapid deployment and recovery. This barrier has value because many people get hurt in ski racing, and there are drawbacks to the current generation of barriers. Our design uses a net that catches people more reliably than the current generation. It also uses supporting poles that detach from the base, and elastic elements to stop people less violently. The barrier is stored and deployed on a reel that facilitates easy deployment and recovery.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering