Ski Care and Storage
- NOTE: If for any reason you feel your bindings require attention they should be adjusted by a certified binding mechanic ONLY.
- NOTE: It is highly recommended that you have your bindings checked by a certified mechanic each season before you begin skiing.
- When stepping into the binding, put your toe in first, position your heel over the treadle and push down. The binding will close.
- Make sure the sole of your boot is free of excessive snow build-up or other contaminates such as mud, or dirt, which could have an adverse effect on the function of your bindings.
- To exit the binding, push the rear lever arm down with your ski pole as you lift your heel up.
- If you should fall and the binding's heel-piece is closed you must first open it to be able to re-enter the binding
- When traveling with your equipment in an exterior mounted ski rack, you should protect your skis and bindings with a full-length ski bag, or at least a binding cover. This will keep your bindings functioning properly and your ski's bases and edges in tune by shielding them from dirt, road salts and other contaminates. If you choose a binding cover place your skis in a shower and wash them down and then dry them thoroughly when you reach your destination. It is a good practice to wipe your skis and bindings down following each ski day.
- The base of your ski is made of a plastic material called PTEX. If you notice any gouges in the base bring them to a qualified ski shop and have the bases repaired, as a smooth ski base will slide better and turn more easily.
- You should wax both skis before each use. This will reduce friction between the ski and the snow and allow the ski to glide and turn more easily.
- Edges on a ski should be smooth and sharp at all times. You should be able to shave your fingernail as you run it perpendicularly over the edge of the ski with very little effort. If not, you should take your skis to a qualified ski shop and have them tuned.
- If your edges feel rough and burred you can remove these minor imperfections and polish the edge with a de-burring tool or sharpening stone. As there are a variety of these devices on the market ask a qualified ski technician which would best suit your individual needs. A ski with burred edges has a tendency to wander and not track correctly. De-burring is not a replacement for sharpening, once a ski looses it's edge have it tuned by a qualified ski shop.
- Remember to keep your boots buckled up, especially between ski trips. This will make them easier to buckle the next time you use them.
- Your skis should always be stored in a location that does not have dramatic changes in temperature and humidity. If they are there is a good chance that the edges of your skis will become rusted. Rust causes microscopic pitting in the edges and once your edges rust you will never have the same smooth solid straight edge as you did when they were new. Plus our mechanics will first need to “de-rust” your skis before they tune them, an extra $10.00 charge you can save yourself.
- Prior to storage have a qualified shop apply a coat of "summer" wax to your skis; this will seal the base and cover the edges which will also help prevent this problem from occurring, but this is not a reason to store them inproperly.
National Ski Patrol Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Smart Style Freestyle Terrain Safety Points
- MAKE A PLAN. Every Time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
- LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
- EASY STYLE IT. Start small and work your way up.
- RESPECT GETS RESPECT. From the lift line through the park.