|There are many ways to address safety on the hill. It’s important to consider all the potential hazards before hitting the slopes. Everyone wants to walk away, at the end of the day, with a smile on their face and warm and comfortable.
Ski Bindings: Your bindings should be tested and calibrated at least once per year. Bindings are simple springs which hold a lot of tension and are responsible for allowing releases in the event of a fall. Bindings won’t always release in every instance of a fall but having them tested and calibrated annually can greatly reduce the risks.
At Summit, we are proud to be utilizing the latest technology in binding function testing and calibration. Our state of the art Wintersteiger Speedtronic Pro is calibrated to test bindings to a higher standard than what is required by ASTM. Every binding we service gets recalibrated on our Speedtronic. If we find a binding failure we will contact you to discuss a possible warranty situation or replacement.
Helmets: We have all heard the news stories about how head injuries can result in permanent disability or even death. Although no helmet can guarantee complete protection, the use of a helmet while skiing or snowboarding can greatly reduce the risks of head injuries. Many people wearing helmets will also comment that they feel warmer and more comfortable with a helmet on. We offer helmets form such brands as Giro, Smith and POC to name a few.
Goggles: Protecting your eyes is critical toward having a great day on the slopes. Oakley, Smith, Von Zipper and others make varieties of lenses and frames to accommodate anyone’s needs. Whether it’s a bluebird day in Utah or a grey-light day in New Hampshire, having the appropriate lens optimizes your ability to reduce glare and/or allow enough light to define the contours of the hill in front of you. Never underestimate the importance of your goggles! It is also important that you match your helmet to your goggles. The compatibility of the helmet shape with the shape of the goggle frame can be the difference of having a warm, comfortable system on your head rather than becoming freezing cold and wet.
Wrist Guards: Companies like Burton and Dakine offer wrist guard inserts and wrist guarded gloves and mittens for snowboarders. All too often, snowboarders take a fall that impacts their wrists and statistically, wrist injuries are among the most common. A small investment in wrist guards can greatly reduce the risk of injury to a snowboarder when falling.