How Ski Bindings Work
This guide will provide you with valuable information on how ski bindings work. No matter if you are a seasoned veteran or if you are just beginning to learn how to ski, it is essential that you understand how ski bindings work in order to ensure fun and safety on the slopes. While ski bindings can be adjusted on your own, it is recommended that you take skis that need adjustment to a professional ski shop or ski resort for the best, safest and most comfortable results.
Ski bindings are pieces of equipment that attach the ski to the ski boot. There are numerous different types of ski bindings, and most are designed for a particular type of skiing—for example cross-country bindings are used for cross-country skiing, while alpine ski bindings are used for slope skiing. While most skiers rely on one all-purpose type of binding, you can interchange the bindings on your skis if you are experienced or use the same pair of skis for more than one activity.
Ski bindings help to keep the skier's boot in the ski—but in the case of an accident or fall, the binding will release, preventing serious damage. The DIN setting on ski bindings is an adjustment that varies according to the skier's age, height, weight, shoe size and skiing ability. Beginning skiers typically use a low DIN setting due to frequent falls, while more advanced skiers use a higher DIN setting in order to prevent the bindings from popping out during every sharp turn.