High in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Bishop designs and manufactures Telemark bindings and skis. The original model made its debut back in 2001. Coveted by hardcore Telemark skiers, Bishop’s precision machined bindings have withstood the most extreme skiing conditions and continue to stand the test of time. We are a team bound by a love of innovative design and playing in the mountains.
Dave fell in love with the thrill of skiing at age 5, wedging down "powdah packed powdah" at Ward Hill outside of Worcester, MA. He gained a love of making thing with his hands from his father, a high school woodworking, technical drawing, and metal working teacher. He would spend hours designing and building with his Lego collection. This led him into a career as a mechanical design engineer, with a
Bachelors from Cornell University and Masters from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. After grad school he did what many ski obsessed people do: drive out West to live in a ski town. It was while he was teaching skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, that he was first introduced to the telemark turn and another ski-bum who he eventually convinced to become his wife. After Breck, they lived in San Francisco and Dave worked in the medical device industry designing minimally invasive surgical instruments. They moved back to Colorado in 2008 for a medical device start-up based in Vail and fell in love again with the Rocky Mountains. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise a family in the beautiful Vail Valley while combining his passion of product design and the flow of the freeheel turn.
Born a Vail Baby, Erik began skiing at a young age. He learned how to telemark from two local friends of Bishop and has been living the freeheel life ever since. With a deep passion for the mountains, Erik stayed close to home, went to CU Boulder, and studied mechanical engineering. Days after graduating, he moved back to the valley and began working with the Bishop engineering team. When Erik isn’t designing, testing, building and shipping badassery around the world, he is rock climbing, brapping his snowmobile, getting his Jeep stuck in the back-woods and enjoying the best lifestyle he can imagine. You can often find him in the backcountry doing something badass with friends. Erik would like to let the tele tribe know that he, and Bishop, cares that you tele!
After graduation high school in Fort Collins, Colorado, the first thing on Christopher's To-Do list was to move to a ski resort. The second: Learn to Tele. Ten years later, he's been an Avon Local and freeing his heels at Vail and Beaver Creek on every pow day of the season. Christopher's claim to fame? Winning the inaugural "Teva Mountain Game: Telemark Big Air" with a double front flip, making his mark in Telemark History. He also has been emcee for a few Telemark Big Mountain competitions.