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Dr. Fabian Wolfsperger



Technical staff member


WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


Davos Da B 1 13


vibration analysis at SLF ski lab

Research Interests

Applied snow science & Sports engineering

Snow - X- Interaction: from snow friction to snow sport injuries

Physics and praxis of snow making, grooming and snow farming

Development of snow measurement devices


Professional experience - Projects


2009 - 2018

Scientific staff member 

Group Industrial Projects & Snow Sports at SLF

Investigating the role of snow conditions for injuries in snow parks

Lead of the SLF Snow Sports Lab

Lecturer SSWS 2020: Winter sports in a changing climate

Attendance at the Olympic Games as snow temperature forecaster

Guest Lecturer at ETH Zürich, CMAS Lab: Ski testing and simulation

Development of a "zero-energy" snow gun

Snow-How transfer: Handbook of slope preparation and grooming

Scientific / technical support of the swiss national xc-team

Investigating the role of snow conditions for injuries of ski racers

Mechanical properties of race snowboards and binding plates

Consulting: Snow making potential, snow farming planning and monitoring


HEAD Sport AG (A), R&D Racquet Sports

Measurements of mechanical properties of racquets and strings


    Student assistant
    TU Darmstadt & Uni Magdeburg (GER)

    Biomechanics of rhythmic gymnastics
    Engineering of sport equipment (CAD)


    Radlabor GmbH, Freiburg (GER)

    Performance analysis in cycle racing

      Academic Education


      since 2018

      KIT / SLF / Rossignol

      PhD: The interdependence of snow mechanics and lubrication at the frictional contact of polymers on snow

      2004 - 2009

      University of Magdeburg

      Sports Engineering (Dipl. -Sporting.), University Magdeburg

      Focus: Materials & Product Development

      Development & evaluation of a novel snowboard release binding
      Vibration analysis of tennis racquets
      Development of a novel roller ski implementing a more xc-ski like ground-ski interaction
      microscopy analysis of fibre compounds of tennis racquets
        development of an interactive device to quantify anticipation of karateka

        2001 -2003

        TU Hamburg

        Business Engineering, TU Hamburg