Choosing Your Skier Type - What You Need To Know

Mad Jack Outdoor offers a wide selection of  skis and array of ski bindings.  We also have expert guides to help you make an informed decision.

Determining your Skier Type can  seem overwhelming, but at Mad Jack Outdoor we are here to help. Whether you are planning on hitting the bunny hill, skiing bumps or double blacks — we are here to guide you through the process.

Determining your Skier Type

Determining what type of skier you are is completely up to the individual, but this information is key as it aids the ski technician on how to set your DIN settings on your bindings.  What is a DIN rating you might ask?  The DIN setting is the release force setting of a ski binding. It is the value that determines the amount of force effect needed for a binding to release in order to keep the skier from being injured — in other words, it is an important safety feature.

Skier Type is a rating, chosen by the skier, that describes the way that they ski. It is a combination of skill level, preferred terrain, and most importantly aggression. A shop employee or ski technician cannot pick this level for you. It is up to you to decide and inform your binding technician so that they can set up your bindings correctly. Most skiers fit into one of three categories (there are exceptions):

Choosing Your Skier Type - What You Need To Know

Skiers Beware: When choosing your skier type, you need to check your ego at the door, don’t overestimate what type you want to be, with what type you actually are.  If bindings do not release when they should, you increase the risk of injury.

Skier Type 1

Type 1 skiers are usually, but not limited too, entry level skiers. They prefer smooth moderate slopes without many obstacles — think greens, blues and groomers, not bumps, jumps and terrain parks. They also prefer moderate speeds and never ski aggressively.

As a Type 1 skier, you would require lower than average release settings so that your bindings are sure to release in case of a low speed crash. This classification is not reserved for beginners only. You can be an experienced skier and be a Type 1 if you are a cautious skier who simply never takes the risk of skiing fast.

Skier Type 2

Type 2 skiers are those who ski a variety of terrain types at a variety of speeds. You would ski all over the mountain, possibly skiing fast down groomers and taking it slower off-piste.

You could be an expert skier, skiing with your kids. You could just be your weekend warrior going out and skiing at an average pace. Type 2 skiers require average release settings so that it isn’t too hard or too easy to eject.

Skier Type 3

Type 3 skiers are typically aggressive experienced skiers. They prefer to ski fast all the time down slopes of moderate to steep pitch. If you are a Type you are blazing down everything.

While generally you would be an advanced or expert skier, you can be an intermediate who skis like a madman (or woman) and be a Type 3. As a Type 3, you require higher than average release settings to ensure that you don’t eject from your bindings when you have not crashed. Inadvertent ejection can lead to you crashing and getting injured.

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