Snow immersion suffocation (SIS) has become the second leading cause of death in skiing snowboarding behind head injuries. SIS occurs when a rider is trapped face down in deep snow and cannot right themselves before suffocating. Snowboarders have no such mechanism that allows them to remove their equipment without their hands and as a result they are highly susceptible to SIS. In 2011, the Chris Zider Memorial Design Competition was created to generate new ideas about how to avoid SIS in snowboarders. The competition was centered around automatically releasable snowboard binding designs with over 150 design entries from amateur snowboarders to professional engineers. Thomas Trudel (Head of R&D OutsideInnovation) won the contest with his unique concept that used a hydraulic timer and actuator to add releasable functionality to any strap-in binding.