Polarizing Filters in Ski Sports

    Volume 7, Issue 10 (November 2010)

    ISSN: 1546-962X


    Published Online: 7 October 2010

    Page Count: 7

    Lingelbach, Bernd
    Professor and Head, Institute of Optometry Aalen (IfAA), Abtsgmuend/Leinroden,

    Jendrusch, Gernot
    BiologistSport ScientistAssistant Chairman, Dept. of Sports Medicine and Sports Nutrition, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum, Bochum,

    (Received 2 November 2009; accepted 11 September 2010)


    Polarizing filters are suitable, e.g., for driving/motoring. They also have great advantages for sailing or angling. But are they useful in alpine skiing? A natural source for at least partly polarized light is not only the scattered light in the sky but also the reflected light on special materials. The reflected light on snow might be partly polarized, especially for compressed snow (traces in the snow) or ice patches. Depending on the direction of the polarization of a filter, the amount of information might be reduced in a skiing area because these polarized icy patches might become invisible.

    Paper ID: JAI102826

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102826

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    Title Polarizing Filters in Ski Sports
    Symposium Skiing Trauma and Safety, 2009-05-02
    Committee F27