Trampolines and indoor ski ramps are aiding enthusiasts in Salt Lake City, Utah, to become acrobatic "hot-Dog" skiers with the minimum of broken bones.
SV Skier practises on trampoline
SV Skier down slope and falls (3 shots)
SV Skier somer-saulting in the air (2 shots)
SCU Showing more indoor skiing machines PULL BACK TO skier attempting jump
SCU Skier attaches guide rope
SV Skiers attempt jump (5 shots)
"The trampoline is not one of Charlie Pond's inventions, but the ropes adding support to the acrobat are. Hot Dog Skiers have learned their manoeuvres the hard way., sometimes suffering spinal injuries in the process. But these hot-doggers are perfecting a full somersault with a double twist with no fear of getting hurt. Once their manoeuvres are perfected on the tramp, they move on to another of Pond's innovations--the air machine, built from roller ramp used for unloading cargo, it simulates the freestyle ski take off run under perfectly safe laboratory conditions using the mechanical support. These skiers say the exercises which have never been attempted before will be completed with the first snows this year, and in complete safety. The idea of the mechanical support is to let the skier know at all times where he is in relation to the ground, and how to recover to make a safe landing with no fear of getting hurt. It may make for some spectacular and safer manoeuvres on the ski runs this year. Lee Stein reporting from Salt Lake City, Utah."
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Background: Trampolines and indoor ski ramps are aiding enthusiasts in Salt Lake City, Utah, to become acrobatic "hot-Dog" skiers with the minimum of broken bones.
An enthusiast by the name of Charlie Pond has managed to rig up a freely suspended harness which gives the novice skier support as he tries his first tentative somersault with skis on. Initial lift-off is given by a trampoline.
After practising the somersault and double twist by this method, the skiers progress to an indoor miniaturised ski ramp. Here, too, they are supported buy a harness suspended from the roof.
The inventor is hoping that his innovations will enable novice skiers to cut out the spinal injuries that have been one of the hazards of Hot-Dog Skiing.
SYNOPSIS: Hot-Dog skiing -- a blend of acrobatics on skis - has been growing in popularity in the United States. It has also produced a growing crop of accidents. But one enthusiast has come up with a novel idea for training skiers. A report from Slat Lake City: