US2254482A - Elastic artificial sking track - Google Patents

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US2254482A
US2254482A US25709439A US2254482A US 2254482 A US2254482 A US 2254482A US 25709439 A US25709439 A US 25709439A US 2254482 A US2254482 A US 2254482A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63CSKATES; SKIS; ROLLER SKATES; DESIGN OR LAYOUT OF COURTS, RINKS OR THE LIKE
    • A63C19/00Design or layout of playing courts, rinks, bowling greens or areas for water-skiing; Covers therefor
    • A63C19/10Ice-skating or roller-skating rinks; Slopes or trails for skiing, ski-jumping or tobogganing
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01CCONSTRUCTION OF, OR SURFACES FOR, ROADS, SPORTS GROUNDS, OR THE LIKE; MACHINES OR AUXILIARY TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR
    • E01C13/00Pavings or foundations specially adapted for playgrounds or sports grounds; Drainage, irrigation or heating of sports grounds
    • E01C13/10Pavings or foundations specially adapted for playgrounds or sports grounds; Drainage, irrigation or heating of sports grounds for artificial surfaces for outdoor or indoor practice of snow or ice sports
    • E01C13/12Pavings or foundations specially adapted for playgrounds or sports grounds; Drainage, irrigation or heating of sports grounds for artificial surfaces for outdoor or indoor practice of snow or ice sports for snow sports, e.g. skiing or ski tow track

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Sept. 2, 1941. M. HELLER ELASTIC ARTIFICIAL SKIING TRACK Fi led Feb. 18, 193.9

J0 fnmn 70/" Patented Sept. 2, 1941 ELASTIC ARTIFICIAL SKIING TRACK Maximilian Heller, London, England Application February 18, 1939, Serial No. 257,094 In Great Britain May 6, 1938' 3 Claims.

This invention relates to an artificial skiing track for permitting skiing to be practised indoors or in the open air and throughout the year in any country independently of the climatic conditions. Hitherto all experiments with artificial sliding tracks intended to have properties similar to those of snow, have not proved successful for permanent use.

According to one feature of the invention the track comprises a coherent sliding surface of water-resistant nonrotting fibrous material on a solid substructure formed with gradients and provided with curved banked edges and nets for safety purposes.

According to the invention it is possible to use for teaching and practising skiing a wide track with varied ascending and descending slopes imitating a natural snow run, whilst a narrower sliding track with calculated and predetermined inclinations, if desired with interposed curves and fiat portions, is more suitable for popular amusement.

Various other features of the invention will appear from the accompanying drawing which illustrates by way of example different forms of embodiment of the invention and in which:

Fig. 1 shows in perspective a ski track for popular amusement provided with different types of surface;

Fig. 2 shows in perspective a form of an artificial ski practice ground;

Fig. 3 is a section across a modified form of track.

In the drawing in which like reference numerals denote like parts, Fig. 1 shows a ski amusement track having an artificial sliding surface A which comprises gradients and curves and is provided according to the invention with banked edges I and safety nets 2 adjoining the edges, the mesh of said nets being sufficiently open to permit spectators outside the track to view the skiers, but just a little smaller than the width of the skis to prevent the skis from being wedged in the net. The net posts are bent outwardly so that the skis or skier cannot strike said posts and a resilient safety netting is provided at every point along the track. The sliding track A may comprise mats 5 placed on the solid substructure 3 and made of water-resistant and heat-resistant, non-rotting fibrous materials such as sisal, coir, fibris or the like, or of hair, and preferably coloured white so as visually to resemble snow. The mats may be impregnated with one or more substances for increasing their water resistance and slipperiness, for example wax of high melting point. The surface A may also be formed of fabric 6 such as tilts, coir or the like runners, carpet materials or fabrics.

To protect the skier from bodily injury the members forming the sliding surface may be mounted resiliently on the solid substructure 3 by providing resilient supports 4, which may be of rubber, gummed fibrous substances, hair or the like, or in the form of springs. The effect of a fall on the track may also be minimised by mounting themembers constituting the sliding surface on springs arranged at a suitable distance apart or by resiliently suspending the said members.

To ensure rapid drying after rain if the track is in the open air, in the substructure 3, in particular at the bottom of descending gradients, there may be provided openings 8 for the dis charge of rain water.

The track may be arranged in a descending spiral or superimposed convolutions of other form, for example figures of 8 or the like to give a long run within a small site, with, if desired,

interposed flat or ascending portions to make it necessary for the skier to exert a physical efiort over such portions. The track may be arranged in combination with a building or tower which may be provided with elevators or moving stairs or other means for transporting skiers from the bottom to the top of the track. The tower may serve as a support for the track or the latter may be supported by separate scaffolding.

Fig. 2 shows a ski practice track of construction similar to that shown in Fig. 1 but having varied ascending and descending gradients and intended more particularly for instructional purposes.

I claim:

1. An elastic skiing track of the character described comprising a solid substructure, a sliding surface composed of a non-rigid, coherent material and possessing a low coefiicient of friction, and resilient supports arranged between said substructure and said non-rigid sliding surface.

2. An elastic skiing track of the character described comprising a solid substructure, a sliding surface composed of a non-rigid, elastic, coherent material and having a low coeficient of friction, and resilient supports arranged between said substructure and said sliding surface, said resilient supports consisting of rubber.

3. An artificial skiing track of the character described comprising a solid substructure and a sliding surface composed of an elastic fibrous coherent material having a low coefiicient of friction, and a resilient support arranged between said substructure and said sliding surface.

MAXEMILIANI-IEILER.

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US2558759A (en) * 1946-01-09 1951-07-03 Robert H Johnson Artificial ski chute
US2742288A (en) * 1953-06-04 1956-04-17 Jacques A Brunel Chute for sking and tobogganing
US3020811A (en) * 1958-02-21 1962-02-13 Cataphote Corp Artificial snow
US3047291A (en) * 1960-06-17 1962-07-31 Cyril Farny Ski practicing method and apparatus
US3047292A (en) * 1958-12-05 1962-07-31 Acquaderni Pietro Artificial ski-track constituted by brush-members
US3497211A (en) * 1967-11-08 1970-02-24 Harry S Nagin Gliding surface and glider for use therewith
US3599542A (en) * 1969-06-30 1971-08-17 James A Morrett Jr Warped plane berm
US3815901A (en) * 1972-11-24 1974-06-11 E Wiig Ski arena
US4339122A (en) * 1980-05-12 1982-07-13 Croul Richard D Surfing slide
WO1983004375A1 (en) * 1982-06-08 1983-12-22 Croul Richard D Surfing hill
US5540622A (en) * 1994-09-26 1996-07-30 The Walt Disney Company Water slide
EP0873770A1 (en) * 1997-04-24 1998-10-28 Hausen, Günther G. SurfSliding method and apparatus for surfing on artificial surfaces
US6244968B1 (en) * 1999-08-26 2001-06-12 John Arie Elevated wooden racetrack for go-karts and associated methods
US6464593B2 (en) * 1999-08-26 2002-10-15 John Arie Amusement park having an elevated racetrack and associated methods
US20030130050A1 (en) * 1999-08-26 2003-07-10 John Arie Elevated wood and concrete racetrack for go-karts and associated methods
US20030171155A1 (en) * 2002-03-06 2003-09-11 Miller Jesse G. Platinum snow
US20040077426A1 (en) * 2002-06-18 2004-04-22 Hunter Richard D. Reducing radius slide feature
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US2555078A (en) * 1946-05-21 1951-05-29 Peter J Gaylor Skating surface
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US3066580A (en) * 1958-09-19 1962-12-04 Alberti Rudolf Ski surface and process of forming same
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US2558759A (en) * 1946-01-09 1951-07-03 Robert H Johnson Artificial ski chute
US2742288A (en) * 1953-06-04 1956-04-17 Jacques A Brunel Chute for sking and tobogganing
US3020811A (en) * 1958-02-21 1962-02-13 Cataphote Corp Artificial snow
US3047292A (en) * 1958-12-05 1962-07-31 Acquaderni Pietro Artificial ski-track constituted by brush-members
US3047291A (en) * 1960-06-17 1962-07-31 Cyril Farny Ski practicing method and apparatus
US3497211A (en) * 1967-11-08 1970-02-24 Harry S Nagin Gliding surface and glider for use therewith
US3599542A (en) * 1969-06-30 1971-08-17 James A Morrett Jr Warped plane berm
US3815901A (en) * 1972-11-24 1974-06-11 E Wiig Ski arena
US4339122A (en) * 1980-05-12 1982-07-13 Croul Richard D Surfing slide
WO1983004375A1 (en) * 1982-06-08 1983-12-22 Croul Richard D Surfing hill
US5540622A (en) * 1994-09-26 1996-07-30 The Walt Disney Company Water slide
EP0873770A1 (en) * 1997-04-24 1998-10-28 Hausen, Günther G. SurfSliding method and apparatus for surfing on artificial surfaces
US5947829A (en) * 1997-04-24 1999-09-07 Grimes, Jr.; Martin O. Method and apparatus for surfing on artificial surfaces
US6244968B1 (en) * 1999-08-26 2001-06-12 John Arie Elevated wooden racetrack for go-karts and associated methods
US6464593B2 (en) * 1999-08-26 2002-10-15 John Arie Amusement park having an elevated racetrack and associated methods
US6991548B2 (en) * 1999-08-26 2006-01-31 John Arie Elevated wood and concrete racetrack for go-karts and associated methods
US20030130050A1 (en) * 1999-08-26 2003-07-10 John Arie Elevated wood and concrete racetrack for go-karts and associated methods
US20030171155A1 (en) * 2002-03-06 2003-09-11 Miller Jesse G. Platinum snow
US20040077426A1 (en) * 2002-06-18 2004-04-22 Hunter Richard D. Reducing radius slide feature
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