Mitch Cubberley (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2007
Date: June 12, 1914 Kansas City, MO
Died: April 1, 1977 Andes, NY
Mitch Cubberley was the inventor and manufacturer of the famous Cubco ski bindings that dominated the North American market in the 1950's and 60's. His was the first multi-angle release binding system which significantly reduced leg and ankle injuries for recreational skiers. His designs eliminated the heel cable and created separate sections for the heel and toe. He attached steel plates to the soles of ski boots thus overcoming the problems with flexing common with ski boots at that time. In 1955 he developed the first step in heel and five years later the first ski brakes, thus eliminating the need for long leather straps on the skis. The American College of Orthopedic Surgeons determined in 1973, that Cubco bindings, despite being used largely by recreational week-end skiers, were the safest bindings on the market.