The Importance of Equipment Safety

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If you are a ski or board enthusiast that plans to get as many runs in as you can this winter than these safety tips are for you.

Skiing is an extreme sport and your gear should be in tip top shape before you hit the lift. You need to make sure that the ski gear, ski bindings, and release force settings are tested and are up to the mark.

This page will give you an overview of the ski binding release test.

When to Test Your Ski Bindings?

To properly perform a release test you need to visit a ski shop. You should plan the visit to the ski shop prior to the ski trip in case there is time needed to fix any binding releasing issues they find.

• If you have had any crashes in previous ski seasons we highly recommend you bring your equipment to the shop before your next day on the hill.

• Change in skier size; Kids grow, the holidays can add extra pounds to us adults, and any change in size or weight is a reason for a binding release test.

• Change in skier ability; if you feel you have increased our expertise in the last season, it is always best to have a trained ski technician adjust your binding release for skier ability. The bunny hill ski binding would be set different than a solemn course race ski.

• The equipment you plan to use this season is new, or new to you. Did the previous owner, if used, have any crashes? Be safe and have any new, or pre owned equipment properly tested.

Regular ski binding release tests might sound like an inconvenience, but remember this is a matter of your safety.

How is a Binding Release Test Done?

Below is a quick step-by-step process into what is done during a binding release safety test:
 
• First, the ski bindings are mounted according to the ski size and the size of the boot sole.
 
• Then the technician will check and adjust the DIN settings based on weight, expertise, and skier size.
 
• There are visual indicators to show each measurement and the technician sets the values and torque according to the industry standards.
 
• The toe and the heel equipment is mounted and set up according to the results of the visual indicator. The adjustments are done based on the age of the skier, size, and boot sole length, to name a few. The toe and the heel gears are fitted with a tension adjustment system to check the ease with which the ski binding will release.
As a ski-lover, you always want to take care of your equipment and ensure that you have a safe skiing experience. Now that you know more about the importance of ski binding release tests, you may want to come in to Bill’s Bike and Snow today. We offer Free Binding Adjustments, and Full Safety Release testing for only $20.
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*Equipment safety checks do not guarantee operator safety or release the skier from basic skier safety while on the mountain. Please always wear a helmet and never ski above your skill level. Bill’s Bike and Snow and Kelly Canyon Resort are not responsible for any injury that occurs. Ski/Board at your own risk.