Nothing New Under the Sun — Be it Cheese or Ski Bindings

Post by blogger | March 31, 2008      

We just got back from driving to Austria from Bavaria. A quick post then more details later. We got some good skiing done in Switzerland, then headed up to my wife Lisa’s ancestral area east of the Bodensee, in and around Scheidegg, Germany, where she spent much time as a young girl. We bunked one night there in the 300 year old family farm house, complete with dairy cows just down the hall from our room.

Dynafit backcountry skiing.
Lisa got up early to help with the morning feed. I slept in. Farmers are tougher than me.

Dynafit backcountry skiing.
The gal shovels hay to the hungry cheese sources.

Dynafit backcountry skiing.
And not to be accused of missing our skiing subject matter, here is a little something for all you history/gear heads out there. Turns out Lisa’s uncle Rolf owned a sport shop and had some old bindings he wanted to show us. Check this one out. A full pivot 3-pin from the 1960s. It has a rubber bumper that prevents a totally free pivot, but which can be removed so the rig easily matches the pivot performance of any of the much vaunted new “free pivot” tele bindings give you. Yep, nothing new under the sun.


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5 Responses to “Nothing New Under the Sun — Be it Cheese or Ski Bindings”

  1. Jeff Prillwitz March 31st, 2008 2:42 pm

    Along with the livestock theme, today the Rocky Mountain News ran a story stating that there would be 20 inches of “sow” falling between Aspen and Vail today. What skis would be appropriate when the pigs fly and we get 20 inches of fresh sow?

  2. camus March 31st, 2008 6:36 pm

    do you know who made that free pivot binding?

  3. Lou March 31st, 2008 11:19 pm

    Jeff, sow skis would be those used for the powder pig turn, isn’t that it?

    Camus, I didn’t see a brand or name on them but they looked like more than a one off. Quite interesting.

  4. Lenka K. April 1st, 2008 4:38 am

    Hi Lou,

    this looks like a cross-country binding to me, especially as it’s mounted on a cross-country ski. And, although I wasn’t even born in the ’60s :), I had a similiar, although simplified, set-up on my first cross-country skis (late ’70s).

    Oh, and thanks for bringing some Colorado pow along to Europe, we’ve been somewhat short on that before your arrival! 🙂

    Lenka K.

  5. Lou April 1st, 2008 8:02 am

    Lenka, indeed, if we’d been resort skiing the weather would have been perfect! A bit tough to do any high altitude ski touring, however… but we’ve had a great time anyway.

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