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Choose Your Skier Type

Selecting Your Skier Type is Your Responsibility

Your skier type, height, weight, age and ski boot sole length are used by shop technician to determine the release/retention settings of your ski bindings.  It is important to provide accurate information.  Inaccurate information may increase your risk of injury.

Consult the following descriptions to select your skier type.

Type I – Ski Cautiously

  • Prefer slower speeds.
  • Prefer cautious skiing on smooth slopes of gentle to moderate pitch
  • Prefer lower than average release/retention settings.
  • Prefer an increased risk of inadvertent binding release in order to gain increased releasability in a fall.
  • Entry-level skiers uncertain of their classification.

Type II – Ski Moderately

  • Prefer a variety of speeds.
  • Prefer to ski on varied terrain.
  • Skiers not classified as either Type I and Type III.
  • Prefer average release/retention settings appropriate for most recreational skiing.

Type III – Ski Aggressively

  • Prefer faster speeds.
  • Prefer fast and aggressive skiing on slopes of moderate to steep pitch
  • Prefer higher than average release/retention settings.
  • Prefer decreased releasability in a fall in order to gain decreased risk of inadvertent binding release.

If from experience you have been dissatisfied with the release/retention settings that result from your normal skier classification or if you have some other special concern, you may wish to select lower or higher skier classification [(Type -1) or (Type III+)] or select skier type designations that are different for twist and forward lean. Mention your dissatisfaction to your binding technician.

(Type -1) is for skiers who desire lower release/retention settings than Type 1 and will further increase the risk of inadvertent binding release in order to gain increases releasability in a fall.

(Type III+) is for skiers who desire higher release/retention settings than Type III and will further decrease releasability in order to gain decreased risk inadvertent binding release.