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Our Story

Bishop Bindings is a family telemark ski binding company located in the Eagle valley area high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Minutes away from the world-class resorts Vail and Beaver Creek, we are bound by a passion for playing outdoors and experiencing mountain life. The company started with the legendary Bishop telemark binding designed in 2001 by Bomber Industries, and was reborn as Bishop Bindings in 2014 with the Bishop 2.0. Our mission is to design, build and market the highest performing quality snowsports equipment on the market for customers who share our passions.

Work. Play. Connect.

Dave Bombard — Founder

Bishop telemark ski bindings, Dave BombardDave fell in love with the thrill of skiing at age 5, wedging down "powdah packed powdah" aka ice at Ward Hill outside of Worcester, MA. He would also spend hours inventing, designing and building with his Lego collection which led him eventually into a career as a mechanical design engineer. He studied engineering at Cornell and then went to MIT for a master's in product design. After graduation 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 of silicon valley 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 added some business acumen with an MBA from Denver University, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise a family in the beautiful Vail Valley while combining his business and design experience to promote and advance the art of telemark skiing.

 

Peter Van Dyke — Engineering

Bishop telemark ski bindings, Peter Van Dyke

Raised by ski bums in Vail, Colorado, Peter was put on the hill about the time he could walk (possibly before), and fell in love with the mountains before he knew anything else.  He grew up tinkering, and usually breaking, everything he could get his hands on. This in turn led him to CU Boulder, where he studied mechanical engineering. He spent a couple years after college doing product engineering in Denver, quickly realizing it was too loud, too crowded and way too far from the mountains. He packed up his belongings, and he and his dog, Todd, came home. When Peter is not designing and building the best tele bindings on the market at Bishop, he’s usually on an adventure. In the summer you can find him traveling in his camper van to race his mountain bike, and in the winter slaying powder in the backcountry. Peter is grateful to call the Vail Valley home and to be able to combine his engineering career with the winter sports industry he grew up with.

 

Erik Warmenhoven — Engineering

Bishop telemark ski bindings, Erik WarmenhovenBorn a Vail Baby, Erik began skiing at a young age. He learned how to telemark from two of Bishops very own Badassadors (Logan and Sean) 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 testing and building prototypes, 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!

Kaylee Porter — Marketing and Operations Manager

Bishop telemark ski bindings, Kaylee PorterKaylee grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and learned to ski at Snowy Range Ski Area around the time she learned to walk. She ski raced in high school and for the University of Montana, where she also earned a degree in journalism. She moved to the Vail Valley in March 2013 to work for the Vail Daily and enjoy everything the mountains have to offer. She joined the Bishop team in November 2016 and is excited to spend the 2016-17 season spreading the word about Bishop's badass bindings, as well as improving her tele turn. When she isn't on skis, you can find her wrangling her two naughty rescue dogs, gardening and throwing pottery.