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SAFETY - Q & A

How safe will I be?”

Care will be taken to help ensure your safety in so far as this is possible. However, as a skier who is already beyond beginner status, you should be aware that skiing is a risk sport, partaken of in mountains. It is therefore not possible to guarantee that I, or we, can keep you safe. In any kind of skiing, in any kind of terrain, conditions will vary, and accidents, incidents or worse are always a possibility.

While my, or our, best judgement will always be employed, you must accept that the decision to ski, or to accept any skiing suggestion, is yours alone, and your own judgement and common sense must be employed.

In the event of your deciding that you do not wish to ski a particular slope, or partake in a particular exercise, then whatever alternatives are available at that time to enable you to opt-out, will be explored. There could be a time when no other option is available, and in that event you will be accorded whatever assistance can be offered.

What service are you offering me?

I/We are promising that I/we will provide coaching tuition which will make available to you both mental and physical techniques which when employed and practiced will facilitate both your understanding and practice of skiing. I/we will work with you to help you employ those techniques to the furtherance of your skill as a skier.

SAFETY - SKI BINDINGS

They keep you on the skis; and they release you from the skis. Your safety depends on correct binding settings. You are strongly recommended to learn about them.

In recent seasons, a number of members have sustained injuries (not while with me, thank goodness) which might well have been avoided. The likely cause of these avoidable injuries has been very badly adjusted binding settings. In one case the settings were at least two DIN settings too high leading to non-release; in another the settings front and back were very different. In yet a third, the bindings of the two skis differed!

You’ll find a number of pages in this section. I would strongly recommend you to spend some time reading and understanding them; bindings are extremely important, and far too little either explained or understood. It is in your best interests to learn about them – do not trust others to get your binding settings correct for you; not even apparently expert hire shops.

Learn to how select your own correct binding setting. Learn how to check both fore and aft binding settings. Learn how to adjust them, or to ensure someone else does it correctly. Learn how to test them, daily. In order to protect yourself you should know how to calculate, and then remember – and remember to check – your binding settings. I will show you how, if you don’t already know.

The information below is a copy of sheet I have been using for many years; the settings are based previously published Rossignol and Salomon charts.

I have no opinion on which chart is optimal, but do get to know them and make a choice – not knowing is dangerous for you. The suggestions in the self-testing article seem to me to make very good sense.

Weight (Kg)Weight (Stones)Height(cm)Boot Size
   <=12-45-78-1112+
36-415½-6½<14932 
42-486½-7½<14933
49-577½-9150-155m433
58-669-10½156-165 54
67-7810½-12¼166-179 65
79-9412¼-15;180-193 76
95+15+;195+  87

NB:

  • Intermediate skiers go DOWN one line
  • Advanced skiers go DOWN two lines
  • After that, if you’re over 50 years old go back UP one line.

For example, take me. (Please, take me!)...
Weight 83 kilos (yeah, I wish!); height 180+cms; Boot size 9˝ - so, basal reading is 6, down two lines is 8, dead old is back up one line to 7. That’s my reading, though because I’ve a dodgy knee I use 6˝ on piste. The important thing is I know what to look for if I hire skis. Lots of ski shops are useless, but there’s a reliable one in Tignes Val Claret, and I use an excellent one Chamonix – they took some finding!

The links below are new charts based on recent development work in France, and they differ for men and for women. These are in PDF format, and are accompanied by an article by Dr. Mike Langran, on how to test your own settings. All the “French” PDFs are published with the kind permission of Mike Langran.

BINDINGS: FEMALE

BINDINGS: MALE

BINDINGS: SELF-TEST


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