SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2011

Analyzing the Riding Behavior of Recreational Skiers and Snowboarders


Video recordings of a ski slope were used in combination with a video-based tracking software to analyze the riding behavior of skiers and snowboarders. It was shown that the methodology is a powerful tool to measure biomechanical parameters such as the speed and curve radii of individual skiers and snowboarders. A total of 6821 observations was recorded and evaluated. Average riding speeds ranged from 16 to 32 km/h (on the different parts of the slope that were analyzed) with maximum speeds of up to 113 km/h. Average curve radii between 6.2 and 9.3 m were measured.

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Schmitt, Kai-Uwe
Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland AGU Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Niemetz, Peter
Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Muser, Markus
AGU Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Developed by Committee: F27
Pages: 79–89
DOI: 10.1520/STP49265S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-8685-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7511-2