Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this project is to design, prototype, and test a device that will absorb the kinetic energy of an alpine ski travelling in any direction when there is no ski boot engaged with the binding. Current ski bindings allow for vertical elastic travel of the heel of a ski boot, causing the ski brakes to deploy prematurely. This often causes ski brakes to break or snap during backwards free-skiing or backwards falls. Our final prototype delays the deployment of the ski brakes using a latch system, therefore allowing the ski brakes to properly handle the loads necessary to arrest the motion of a detached ski while still allowing for elastic travel of the boot.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering