For Foot-attached Gliding Vehicle (e.g., Ski Slide, Ice Skating Surface, Etc.) Patents (Class 472/90)
  • Patent number: 9675869
    Abstract: The jumping platform has a lateral mounting portion and a lateral lapping portion respectively formed on two lateral surfaces of the jumping platform. The extendable jumping platform assembly has multiple jumping platforms, multiple extending boards, and a jumping board. The jumping platform assembly has a lateral mounting portion and a lateral lapping portion so that the jumping platforms and the extending boards can be juxtaposed for extending lateral leaping range safely and extending sliding length according to the usage. One end of the extending board is mounted on the jumping platform, the other end of the extending board is mounted on the jumping board, and each one of the extending board and the jumping board has a leg assembly for supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: T. K. CHIN COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Howard Chin
  • Patent number: 9486711
    Abstract: A system for shielding a rider's back from a ride surface. The system includes a slide ride having an entrance and an exit and configured such that the rider's back slides substantially parallel along a slide ride surface when the rider slides from the entrance towards the exit. The system includes a plurality of shielding devices disposed relative to the slide ride such that the rider may put on one of the plurality of shielding devices prior to sliding on the slide ride, each of the plurality of shielding devices configured to be worn by the rider such that the shielding device covers the rider's back, and adapted to slide upon the slide ride surface to shield the rider's back from the slide ride surface when the rider slides from the entrance to the exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Whitewater West Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Brassard, Raymond J. DuBois, Timothy B. Kwasnicki, Richard A. Sebulsky
  • Patent number: 9400130
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a skating rink that includes a skating area, a wall at least partially surrounding the skating area, and a visible mark extending along a perimeter region of the skating area to indicate to a skater traveling head first toward the wall that the skater should look up and to related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation
    Inventor: Thomas E. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150133228
    Abstract: A system with at least one sliding surface element (1), preferably as run-in track systems for ski jump system/ski jumps, wherein the height and/or the course of the sliding surface elements (14) has to be adjusted to any profile by spacer elements (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CeramTec-ETEC GmbH
    Inventor: Eduard Kropp
  • Patent number: 8905853
    Abstract: A portable ice skating rink comprising, a flexible rubber sheet having a first end and a second end wherein the first end is connected to the second end thereby forming a sidewall, wherein the sidewall is positioned on a horizontal surface to form the border of a closed geometric shape thereby defining a skating surface area, and a flexible, water-proof slip draped over and connected to the sidewalls, thereby forming a liner of a structure capable of containing a liquid inward of the sidewalls to create a skating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Ruffino, Joseph Pinelli
  • Patent number: 8784223
    Abstract: A system and method for improving skating speed and strength of skaters, particularly ice skaters, employs an inclined skating ramp. The skating surface itself may be any of the conventional or yet-to-be-invented artificial ice surfaces. The inclination of the ramp provides a greater challenge for the skating student than a conventional flat skating surface. While the inclined ramp may have more than one lane, so that more than one student may skate side-by-side in competition with each other, it is preferred to have only a single lane and employ a timing system so that a student is skating “against the clock” and therefore focused on improvement of individual performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Dean C. Talafous
  • Patent number: 8690695
    Abstract: This invention provides a terrain system comprising a set of metal tubes having a rounded cross section The tubes are separated at a width that defines the appropriate terrain. The tubes are supported by a base located on at least two spaced apart positions therealong. Each leg assembly includes a bottom bar that allows it to be implanted in packed snow. Optional outriggers can be attached to each side of the bottom bar so that the legs can afford increased stability. The legs include telescoping sections that allow for height adjustability. One leg can be omitted, thereby creating a ramp. Each end of the top portion contains male and female connection points, which accommodate curved end caps. Two end caps can also be joined with a double-axis hinge assembly that allows the adjacent top portions to be joined together and articulated along two parallel hinge axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew L. Pittman
  • Patent number: 8550926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improvement in the construction of water ride surfaces and comprises at least one layer of soft permeable material built into the padded substrate of a structurally supported ride surface. The permeable material connects to a drainage system and is preferably sandwiched between a slick skin upper waterproof membrane, and a supporting substrate beneath it. The advantage to this improvement is when water leaks through the waterproof membrane, the permeable material prevents water from building up inside the padded substrate, and allows the water to be drained out, rather than blistering and bubbling up under the waterproof membrane, thereby helping to preserve the integrity and longevity of the ride surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Patent number: 8535168
    Abstract: A snow sports apparatus (10) including: a hollow housing (12) having an internal generally cylindrical surface (12) and supported, with its axis having a major horizontal component, for rotation about said axis; and means (60) to provide on said internal generally cylindrical surface (30), a surface that, as the housing (12) is rotated, is relatively traversable downwardly on skis or a snowboard on the initial rising part (115) of the surface's travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Darren Visser
  • Patent number: 8517848
    Abstract: A carousel ride in which vehicles may move at differing speeds, in differing directions, and each be independently positioned relative to a load/unload platform. In one embodiment, a carousel ride is provided that includes: (1) an inner ring assembly including a first ring supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the first ring about a center axis of the carousel ride; and (2) an outer ring assembly including a second ring, concentric to the first ring, supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the second ring about a center axis of the carousel ride. During a portion of a ride, the drive system of the inner ring assembly operates to rotate the first ring at a first rotation rate, and the drive system of the outer ring assembly operates to rotate the second ring at a second rotation rate differing from the first rotation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8313389
    Abstract: A carousel ride in which vehicles may move at differing speeds, in differing directions, and each be independently positioned relative to a load/unload platform. In one embodiment, a carousel ride is provided that includes: (1) an inner ring assembly including a first ring supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the first ring about a center axis of the carousel ride; and (2) an outer ring assembly including a second ring, concentric to the first ring, supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the second ring about a center axis of the carousel ride. During a portion of a ride; the drive system of the inner ring assembly operates to rotate the first ring at a first rotation rate, and the drive system of the outer ring assembly operates to rotate the second ring at a second rotation rate differing from the first rotation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Publication number: 20120122596
    Abstract: A hydroplaning device for a rider to perform liquid sport athletic maneuvers, which comprises a support member having a height relative to the ground and a slope; a surface member disposed on the support member, wherein the surface member forms at least an angled surface and a catchment area. The device also comprises a liquid circulation system, having a liquid source, at least one feed line and at least one return line with the liquid source being in fluid communication with the at least one feed line and the at least one return line being in fluid communication with at least one of the liquid source and a disposal location. The device includes at least one liquid dispenser disposed adjacent to the support member or the surface member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher Dale NORTHAM, Shon Michael Northam
  • Patent number: 8167731
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible artificial ski slope assembly (10) and, in particular, but not exclusively, to a collapsible artificial ski slope assembly which can be moved between deployed and storage positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Edward Brown
  • Patent number: 7985142
    Abstract: An indoor ski slope (1) comprises a continuous peripheral wall (2) and a floor (3) which extends obliquely downwards relative to the peripheral wall (2). A roof (5) is arranged on the peripheral wall (2). Furthermore, a layer of snow is provided on the surface of the floor (3), as well as a cooling installation (9) for cooling the floor to a temperature which is suitable for maintaining the layer of snow. The surface of the floor (3) is at least partially curved concavely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: LF Snowconcepts B.V.
    Inventor: Barend Alexander Ernst Lokhorst
  • Publication number: 20110159973
    Abstract: A snow sports apparatus (10) including: a hollow housing (12) having an internal generally cylindrical surface (12) and supported, with its axis having a major horizontal component, for rotation about said axis; and means (60) to provide on said internal generally cylindrical surface (30), a surface that, as the housing (12) is rotated, is relatively traversable downwardly on skis or a snowboard on the initial rising part (115) of the surface's travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Darren Visser
  • Patent number: 7854689
    Abstract: An ice skating training device including an arcuate conveyor belt, the belt having a skateable surface; and a plurality of conical rollers supporting said arcuate conveyor belt, at least one of said frusticonical rollers being driven by a motor, ends of said rollers being mounted so that one end is vertically adjustable relative to the opposite end depending on the speed that the ice skater is going.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Blaylock
  • Publication number: 20100197416
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible artificial ski slope assembly (10) and, in particular, but not exclusively, to a collapsible artificial ski slope assembly which can be moved between deployed and storage positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Brown
  • Publication number: 20100144454
    Abstract: An indoor ski slop (1) comprises a continuous peripheral wall (2) and a floor (3) which extends obliquely downwards relative to the peripheral wall (2). A roof (5) is arranged on the peripheral wall (2). Furthermore, a layer of snow is provided on the surface of the floor (3), as well as a cooling installation (9) for cooling the floor to a temperature which is suitable for maintaining the layer of snow. The surface of the floor (3) is at least partially curved concavely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: LF Snowconcepts B.V.
    Inventor: Barend Alexander Ernst Lokhorst
  • Patent number: 7547255
    Abstract: A ride surface for water ride attractions and the like is provided. The ride surface is fabricated from a reinforced membrane material tensioned over a supporting framework. The tensioned membrane ride surface serves the dual role of providing structural support for water flow and riders thereon while at the same time providing an impact safe surface that is non-injurious to riders who may fall thereon. The tensioned membrane can be adjusted actively and/or passively in order to accommodate different and varied ride experiences. Optionally, the shape of the membrane ride surface can be changed either dynamically or passively by special tensioning techniques and/or by using auxiliary support structures such as air bladders, pressure/suction, foam supports or/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Light Wave, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Publication number: 20090039636
    Abstract: A non-motorized Riding Vehicle for transport of a rider on a surface. The Riding Vehicle includes a shoe body or platform for supporting at least one foot of the rider during the transport and at least one Riding Element under the shoe body or platform that rotates on an axle to facilitate the transport while supporting the rider. The at least one Riding Element includes stimulating elements for creating a periodic vibration during the transport that makes the transport on the surface less smooth than the transport would be if the at least one Riding Element did not include the stimulating elements. Also, a kit and method for converting the Riding Vehicle to a Riding Vehicle with a more or less (intense) vibratory ride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventor: Ralph CHARELL
  • Patent number: 7481712
    Abstract: An artificial snow skiing surface has a number of spaced-apart rigid projections extending from a base. The surface is formed by joining like tile members that attach at side-by-side and end-to-end joints to form the mat. The joints and inherent flexibility of the tiles enable the mat to conform to irregular or non-planar substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Kent D. McBrien
  • Publication number: 20080293505
    Abstract: A hydroplaning device for a rider to perform liquid sport athletic maneuvers, which comprises a support member having a height relative to the ground and a slope; a surface member disposed on the support member, wherein the surface member forms at least an angled surface and a catchment area. The device also comprises a liquid circulation system, having a liquid source, at least one feed line and at least one return line with the liquid source being in fluid communication with the at least one feed line and the at least one return line being in fluid communication with at least one of the liquid source and a disposal location. The device includes at least one liquid dispenser disposed adjacent to the support member or the surface member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher Dale NORTHAM
  • Publication number: 20080293506
    Abstract: The present invention provides hydroplaning equipment, such as boards, skis, bindings, boots and poles for use in connection with a hydroplaning device for a rider to perform liquid sport athletic maneuvers, which comprises a support member having a height relative to the ground and a slope; a surface member disposed on the support member, wherein the surface member forms at least an angled surface and a catchment area. The device also comprises a liquid circulation system, having a liquid source, at least one feed line and at least one return line with the liquid source being in fluid communication with the at least one feed line and the at least one return line being in fluid communication with at least one of the liquid source and a disposal location. The device includes at least one liquid dispenser disposed adjacent to the support member or the surface member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher Dale NORTHAM
  • Patent number: 7347788
    Abstract: A synthetic ice surface system includes a plurality of sections of synthetic ice and a plurality of dowels. At least a portion of an outer periphery of each section of synthetic ice has one or more passages. Each of the dowels has a pair of opposing ends and one end of one or more of the dowels mates in one of the passages in one of the sections of synthetic ice. Another end of the one or more of the dowels mates in another one of the passages in another one of the sections of synthetic ice to secure the adjacent sections of synthetic ice together and form a substantially smooth ice surface. The sections of synthetic ice and the dowels are made of substantially the same material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Crowson Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: George T. Smith, II
  • Publication number: 20080020852
    Abstract: An artificial snow skiing surface has a number of spaced-apart rigid projections extending from a base. The surface is formed by joining like tile members that attach at side-by-side and end-to-end joints to form the mat. The joints and inherent flexibility of the tiles enable the mat to conform to irregular or non-planar substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Kent D. McBrien
  • Patent number: 7311464
    Abstract: An internally illuminated snowboard track for recreational areas or parks which are operated at night is made up of a continuous elongated transparent rail which is supported a predetermined distance above the ground by a base support member, and a light source extends longitudinally and internally of the rail to project light outwardly therefrom. A base stabilizer beneath the support member can either be planted in the snow or anchored to the ground surface in the track system may be inclined, curved, straight or provided with one or more bends. A snowboard ramp may be constructed in the same basic manner to serve as a jump for snowboarders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Craig Swartz
  • Publication number: 20070287548
    Abstract: Soft caps for absorbing player impact against dasher boards are disclosed. The soft cap can include an elongated body defining a number of absorption ribs and channels for absorbing impact forces against the dasher board. The elongated body can be formed from a material having a relatively low durometer adapted to displace and absorb the impact energy when a player strikes the dasher board. One or more curved sections of the elongated body can be configured to fit adjacent to the hard edges of the dasher board. The soft cap can be provided as part of a dasher board assembly including a lower frame assembly and a number of upper shielding panes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Applicant: PREMIER RINKS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce W. Irving, Matthew Robert Palumbo
  • Patent number: 7250004
    Abstract: Ski run provided with a means for preserving snow on the skiing surface, said means comprising at least pipes suitable for the flow of a cooling agent for cooling the snow present on the skiing surface, said pipes (1) being embedded and located in a layer (5) enabling, when the layer (5) has a temperature of at least 2° C., a water percolation through the layer (5). Below the layer (5), a draining system (6,7) is placed for collecting and draining at least substantially all the water percolating through the layer (5) in which the pipes (1) are embedded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventors: Henri Mollin, Raimund Crammer
  • Patent number: 7204763
    Abstract: An ice skating arena having at least a first ice rink having a first side wall of a first wall length and a second ice rink having a second side wall of a second wall length; the first side wall being parallel to the second side wall at an inter-rink distance therefrom; the first side wall comprising a first protective spectator viewing window; the second side wall comprising a second protective spectator viewing window, a ceiling extending the inter-rink distance from the first wall and the second wall along at least a portion of the first and second walls; a floor extending the inter-rink distance from the first wall and the second wall along at least a portion of the first and second walls; wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the ceiling and the floor define therebetween a chamber comprising a climate controlled spectator viewing space. The area provides enhanced spectator comfort in a maximum unencumbered viewing manner and reduced capital cost expenditures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Murray Beynon
  • Patent number: 7104895
    Abstract: A compact, hinged, foldably deployable ramp is provided in a base configuration which includes three evenly radiused sections which connect to a deck member and have a tube, known as a coping, separating the ramp from the deck. In the base configuration, a top section, mid section and lower section each have a pair of ladder structures which share a middle flange. The deck member includes a pair of angled leg members which are designed to provide support throughout the range of engagement of the ramp. Even size and radiusing of the sections enables continued extension of the ramp by adding sections in conjunction with longer support legs for the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Roger William Hickey
  • Patent number: 6962534
    Abstract: A winter recreational park is provided for amusing and entertaining one or more participants, the park being intended for location in semi-arid or desert regions. The winter park includes a plurality of interconnected housing structures adapted to safely house the participants as well as winter facilities built with artificial snow and/or ice. The housing structures are adapted to maintain inside temperatures below the freezing point, despite the normally high outside temperatures. The recreational park further includes a plurality of active devices, such as skis or ice skates, adapted for use in each of the respective winter facilities to create the desired effect on ice and/or snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Hans-Rodolf Kaelin
    Inventors: Rico Richter, Christian Pfluegler
  • Patent number: 6957546
    Abstract: A portable ice skating rink comprises, in a kit, a plastic sheeting, a protective band for the sheeting, and a number of rigid tubular members, flexible connectors and corrugated clips. To assemble the kit, the tubular members are connected to each other in a closed loop using the flexible connectors inserted in facing ends thereof and with corners of the loop being formed by curving some flexible connectors. The sheeting is then laid over the ground of the area enclosed by the loop while extending outwardly over and past the loop. The protective band is laid over the sheeting opposite the loop and the clips are installed thereat to secure the sheeting to the so formed frame with the clips running continuously all along the frame such as to protect the sheeting. Portions of the frame can be raised to level it and the sheeting can then be pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Farley Ice Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Farley, Nicolas Farley
  • Patent number: 6939236
    Abstract: A rotary ski slope comprising an inclined disc which is rotatable about an axis and has a diameter of at least 100 meters. The disc may be divided into a number of concentric rings (1) which are rotatable at different speeds. Means are preferably provided to circulate coolant across the entire under surface of the disc to prevent the snow from melting. The entire surface of the disc is preferably available for skiing with snow conditioning and grooming apparatus (49, 52) being mounted away from the surface, or selectively retractable from the surface. The upper surface of the disc may be non-planar to set up “wave” allowing a variety of skiing conditions to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Snowvolution Limited
    Inventors: David McLaren, Rolf Fyne
  • Patent number: 6866589
    Abstract: An ice rink defines a predetermined shape and includes a source of black and/or white light for illuminating the surface of the rink. In one form, the rink includes a plurality of rectangular synthetic panels and a plurality of adjusting elements for forcing the panels tightly together and for compensating for changes in temperature. The panels also include a plurality of grooves and a plurality of metal splines which are dimensioned to fit into the grooves of adjacent panels to provide a smooth skating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Innovative Products Incorporated
    Inventors: Kent L. Widrick, John D. Ross, John H. Ross
  • Patent number: 6722995
    Abstract: The facility includes an enclosed space provided with a floor on which a layer of snow can be formed, an apparatus for cooling the space and a device for forming the layer of snow in the space so as to make a predetermined course. The course includes at least one continuous section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Unlimited Snow Indoor B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Johannes Pieter Albers
  • Patent number: 6676530
    Abstract: A ride surface for water ride attractions and the like is provided. The ride surface is fabricated from a reinforced membrane material tensioned over a supporting framework. The tensioned membrane ride surface serves the dual role of providing structural support for water flow and riders thereon while at the same time providing an impact safe surface that is non-injurious to riders who may fall thereon. The tensioned membrane can be adjusted actively and/or passively in order to accommodate different and varied ride experiences. Optionally, the shape of the membrane ride surface can be changed either dynamically or passively by special tensioning techniques and/or by using auxiliary support structures such as air bladders, pressure/suction, foam supports or/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Light Wave, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Lochtefeld
  • Patent number: 6672968
    Abstract: A modular skate park system comprising one or more platform portions, and one or more ramp members. The ramp members are connectable to the platform portions, and the platform portions can be connected to one another along their edges to accomplish an enlarged platform with one or more ramps providing access to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Compass Outdoor Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Montolio
  • Patent number: 6634953
    Abstract: A downhill sliding course of sliding track for sliding objects and persons down a slope or a hill includes covering or cladding elements for covering the surface of the slope and a water source to moisten the elements with water. The sliding elements include pools located one below the other, wherein the pools are forming water filled micro-terraces (10). The micro-terraces (10) are formed by a sheet covering the slope in a water-tight manner and flexible ribs (2) are emerging from the sheet, furthermore each pool is bordered by the covering sheet (5) and the rib (2) and is closed by a flexible transverse sectioning rib joined to the covering sheet (5) and the flexible rib (2). With suitable accessories activities similar to skiing, sleighing and surfing can be performed on the sliding course. Accordingly, the invention includes also accessories that can be used to perform these activities. The invention provides individual appliances to implement the sliding course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Csongor Czintos
  • Patent number: 6623367
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fingerboard ramp having a base having at least one riding surface and a metal rail or a metal coping attached to the base to provide an additional riding surface for a fingerboarder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventors: Ross Labelson, Timothy J. Klima
  • Publication number: 20030171155
    Abstract: Platinum snow is described as a surface element forming a gliding surface for snow skiing and snowboarding. The surface is fluffy and slick. The process works medium-grain vermiculite (an inert mineral of the phyllio-silicate group) into the surface, such as geo-textile carpeting, Petromat or placed directly on the ground. Then, apply a fine-mist spray of water over the entire surface. Some uses (but not limited to) are of fine-nozzle misters, circulating sprinklers and soaker hoses. This action causes the vermiculite to embed into the surface forming a slick-surface element for gliding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: Jesse G. Miller
  • Patent number: 6551192
    Abstract: Obstacle apparatus includes at least one ramp for launching a bicycle, skateboard or rollerblade rider into the air. The apparatus may also include a second similar ramp and a bridge for releasably connecting the elevated ends of the two ramps in-line so as to produce an in-line obstacle over which riders may roll. The apparatus may also include a grind rail which may be releasably attached to the elevated end of one or both of the ramps so that the ramp/rail assembly may be used by skateboarders and the like to perform various acrobatic feats. The apparatus components are rugged and reliable yet they can be made in quantity at minimum cost. Furthermore, because of their unique designs, they may be shipped and stored in a minimum amount of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hedstrom Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick M. Rieber, Frank Bork
  • Publication number: 20030061769
    Abstract: An ice skating arena having at least a first ice rink having a first side wall of a first wall length and a second ice rink having a second side wall of a second wall length; the first side wall being parallel to the second side wall at an inter-rink distance therefrom; the first side wall comprising a first protective spectator viewing window; the second side wall comprising a second protective spectator viewing window, a ceiling extending the inter-rink distance from the first wall and the second wall along at least a portion of the first and second walls; a floor extending the inter-rink distance from the first wall and the second wall along at least a portion of the first and second walls; wherein the first side wall, the second side wall, the ceiling and the floor define therebetween a chamber comprising a climate controlled spectator viewing space. The area provides enhanced spectator comfort in a maximum unencumbered viewing manner and reduced capital cost expenditures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventor: Murray Beynon
  • Patent number: 6533671
    Abstract: An apparatus having a composite landing surface for sports equipment, such as bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates, skis and snowboards, is provided. The invention includes a base member or structure, a shock absorbing layer, and a rigid material on top of the shock absorbing layer. The shock absorbing layer absorbs impact forces generated when sports equipment lands on the landing surface. The rigid layer provides a stiff top surface that distributes loads and limits surface deflection during a landing. When an athlete performs an aerial maneuver using sports equipment and lands on the composite surface, the athlete experiences a cushioned landing but is able to roll or slide on the landing surface after the landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Woodward Camp Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Isabelle, Frank L. Bare
  • Patent number: 6517442
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an enclosure which has a plurality of utilities such as a portable ice skating rink, a wading pool, a volleyball area, and a garden enclosure. The enclosure has a pair of opposed sidewalls and a pair of opposed end walls. Each of the sidewalls is defined by at least one elongated sidewall member and each of the end walls is defined by at least one elongated end wall member. A plurality of corner members define an enclosed area with the end walls and the sidewalls. The enclosure further has at least one sheet member positioned over the sidewalls, the end walls, and the corner members. The enclosure further has cover members which fit over the elongated sidewall members, the end wall members, and the corner members to hold and protect the at least one sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Robert E. Post
  • Publication number: 20030027644
    Abstract: A skate park system comprises interlocking pieces enabling quick assembly and disassembly. The disassembled pieces can lay flat, enabling storage in minimal space. Ramp, funbox and grindrail portions may be used separately or combined in varying manners to provide a variety of configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Mark S. Soderberg
  • Patent number: 6508717
    Abstract: Skiing facilities, which supply artificial snow onto the ski slope floor to form a ski slope, the skiing facilities, comprises a movable ski slope floor provided in a part of the ski slope floor along a width direction, a movable floor driving mechanism, which is provided under the ski slope floor, for driving the movable ski slope floor in up and down directions, a cover member, which is provided under the ski slope floor, for covering a gap generated between the movable ski slope floor and the ski slope floor when the movable slope floor is driven, and a cover member driving mechanism, which is provided under the ski slope floor, for closing a gap generated between the movable ski slope floor and the ski slope floor by driving the cover member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Piste Snow Industries
    Inventor: Minoru Katayama
  • Patent number: 6488590
    Abstract: In skiing ground facilities having a plurality of artificial snow manufacturing apparatuses of ice crushing type, this invention provides a system that is capable of precisely monitoring the respective artificial snow manufacturing apparatuses. This system comprises a monitoring apparatus, connected to the artificial snow manufacturing apparatus, for monitoring the operation state of each artificial snow manufacturing apparatus. This system has an outer monitoring apparatus, which is provided at an outer monitoring site positioned at a location away from the skiing ground, and is selectively connected to the monitoring apparatus provided at each skiing ground, whereby making it possible to monitor the operation state of each artificial manufacturing apparatus of each skiing ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Piste Snow Industries
    Inventor: Minoru Katayama
  • Publication number: 20020128082
    Abstract: In skiing ground facilities having a plurality of artificial snow manufacturing apparatuses of ice crushing type, this invention provides a system that is capable of precisely monitoring the respective artificial snow manufacturing apparatuses. This system comprises a monitoring apparatus, connected to the artificial snow manufacturing apparatus, for monitoring the operation state of each artificial snow manufacturing apparatus. This system has an outer monitoring apparatus, which is provided at an outer monitoring site positioned at a location away from the skiing ground, and is selectively connected to the monitoring apparatus provided at each skiing ground, whereby making it possible to monitor the operation state of each artificial manufacturing apparatus of each skiing ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Minoru Katayama
  • Patent number: 6230451
    Abstract: An ice skating rink structure comprising a plurality of boards and a plurality of brackets is provided. Each of the brackets has a U-shaped support for holding one or more of the boards and has at least one downward projection for insertion into the ground. The downward projection of the bracket is inserted into the ground and boards are placed within the U-shaped support such that the boards define the shape of an ice skating rink. A liner is placed inside of the ice skating rink and water is poured onto the liner and allowed to freeze and form an ice skating rink. By using boards with different heights, the present invention allows for the quick assembly of an ice skating rink on level or unlevel ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Sto-Cote Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Stoller
  • Patent number: RE38326
    Abstract: A molded plastic ramp is made in a one-step molding process. The ramp includes reinforced side and rear walls and a smooth radiused ramp surface. The ramp includes laterally extending side and rear supports that engage a ground surface and the forward portion of the ramp surface extends forward of the forward extent of the side supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Mapp