Determining Your Skier Type
By Steve Kopitz
Choosing your skier type
Selecting your skier type is up to you. It’s your decision and nobody else can make it for you. Once you choose your skier type it’s used along with your weight, height, age and ski boot sole boot length to determine the release/retention settings of your ski bindings. Please provide accurate information as inaccurate information may increase your risk of injury.
Choosing your skier type is very important as this will impact how your bindings are adjusted to your skis. All skis and bindings must be adjusted by a certified ski technician, and these technicians take your weight, height, and skier type among other information to correctly set up your bindings. Skis.com offers ski binding adjustment services when you purchase a ski set up which must include skis, bindings and boots.
Below are some details about the 3 types and more description to help you select your skier type.
Type 1 Skier
A type 1 skier prefers skiing cautiously and at slower speeds. This skier is most comfortable on smooth slopes of gentle to moderate pitch. As a type 1 skier you prefer lower than average release/retention settings so in the case of a fall your bindings are more likely to release. A type 1 skier is an entry level skier uncertain about their classification.
Type 2 Skier
A type 2 skier prefers a variety of speeds. A type 2 skier will ski on varied terrains and explores different parts of the mountain. If a skier cannot decide that they are a 1 or 3 they are a 2. A type 2 Skier prefers average release/retention settings appropriate for most recreational skiing.
Type 3 Skier
A type 3 skier prefers faster speeds. A type 3 skier likes going fast and skis aggressive on slopes of moderate to steep pitch. Type 3 skiers prefer higher than average release/retention settings. As a type 3 skier they prefer decreased releasability in a fall in order to gain a decreased risk of inadvertent binding release.
Some skiers from experience have been dissatisfied with the release/retention settings from their normal skier classification. If you have a special concern you may wish to select a lower or higher skier classification. These skiers may wish to select lower or higher skier classifications or select skier type designations that are different for twist and forward lean. Mention any dissatisfaction to your binding technician.
Type -1 Skier
A type -1 skier is for skiers who desire lower release/retention settings that type 1. This will further increase the risk of inadvertent binding release but will gain increased releasability in a fall.
Type 3+ Skier
A type 3+ skier is for skiers who desire higher release/retention settings than that of a type 3. This will further decrease releasability in a fall but will gain a decreased risk of inadvertent binding release.