We now have an employee binding test discount active at 50% off for employees, bringing this service to $10. This testing can be done at Gondola Square and Sheraton Ski & Sport locations.

To take advantage of this discounted service the Retail & Rental team has asked that staff come in mid-day, preferably between 10am – 2pm and to please bring your pass with you.

 

“Ski Tip from the Pro: Check Your Bindings”

by NK Stevenson

Airbags, seatbelts, life jackets: I assume they’ll do what they’re supposed to do if ever put to the test. Add ski bindings to that list. Other than being part of the annual ski tune-up, I’ve never given them a second thought. At least that was the case until I spent a few days at Mt. Tremblant.

It was a last minute trip and I was planning to replace my gear at the end of the season. I thought I’d squeeze in a few more days with the old skis and take a lesson or two while I was there. Mid-chairlift ride, my Mt. Tremblant Snow School instructor told me I better get my bindings checked. Why? Because bindings have a limited life span. And once they pass their best-before date, you could run into trouble. Your bindings may not release. Take a tumble and the results could range from a torn ACL to death. If you need to see the evidence, hundreds of painful crashes on YouTube make a pretty compelling case.

Now I’m double-checking the safety equipment I so casually trust with my life.

Next lesson: ski technicians cannot adjust older bindings. Technology changes, release mechanisms evolve, and technicians will only work on bindings that are indemnified. If bindings are indemnified, it means the manufacturer stands behind their ability to function as intended. I’m pretty sure we all want our bindings to function – meaning stay on or release – as intended. If the manufacturer is stepping away from any responsibility, it’s time to pay attention. The National Ski and Snowboard Retailers’ Association publishes a Binding Indemnification List that reputable ski shops know about. And the professionals won’t touch old bindings.

 

(Very informative video relative to the importance of testing your bindings and when to do so)

 

 

Safe Skiing Everyone!

 

Trevyn Newpher

Safety Coordinator

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

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