> I have a pair of Fischer skis I bought when I first started skiing in
> 1985. The boots are still very good and fit well. The bindings are
> Tyrolia 480. Ive recently been made aware that certain bindings are no
> longer servicable based on age and level of "outdatedness". My
> question is, despite thier age, are my bindings still ok? I live in
> Wisconsin and the skiing I do is fairly short runs on fairly small
> hills. The "black diamonds" in Wisconsin arent all that. Ive not gone
> down a hill here I cant handle well enough, and I cant recall the last
> time Ive fallen badly enough where my skis came off. I do some small
> jumps off ramps of built up snow, nothing fancy. Im not looking to
> replace my bindings, I dont want the expense right now, and I am
> perfectly happy with these. But once the seed of doubt has been
> planted, it has grown to make me wonder if I am still doing ok with
> these bindings. I ski all of maybe 4-5 times a year, and I am not
> thouroughly convinced I need to run out and buy new ones this year.
> Any advice or comments are welcome. Thanks for taking the time out of
> your day to acknowledge me.
Much good advice from Markus and Richard above. To add my two cents,
A) the list of indemnified bindings is at
I don't see Tyrolia 480 on it, but I didn't look very hard. If your
bindings are out of indemnification, I would strongly advocate replacing
them. It's not worth breaking your leg to save 50 to 100 bucks.
B) Many people are confused about what "indemnification" means. If you
think that it means the binding manufacturer or the shop will do
anything for you if you get injured, you're dead wrong. What it really
means is that if you get injured and you try to sue the shop, the
binding manufacturer will pay the shop's legal defense (i.e. pay for
lawyers to litigate against you) Not exactly comforting, is it? But
still better than skiing on a binding that the manufacturer has declared
C) Get your bindings release-checked periodically. Once a season is a
good rule of thumb. Note that no ski shop will do this unless they're
on the indemnification list.
D) If you think that because you ski on mickey-mouse midwestern
molehills you can get away with cutting corners on the bindings, think
again. If you look at the epidemeology* of leg and knee injuries,
you'll see that a lot of injuries come from falls at low speeds.
Traverses, catwalks, even lift lines claim a lot of legs and knees. The
slow twisting fall where there's not enough speed to pop the binding,
but still enough force to spiral a tibia or tear an ACL is one of the
more common occurrences. Modern bindings are designed to help prevent
this type of injury (at least according to the manufacturer's hype).
I've lost two skiing partners in the last two years to tibia fractures.
One while skiing in a fog on an unfamiliar mountain where we were trying
to go as slow as possible to avoid getting lost. Another on a
ridiculously small Michigan molehill - I think he got all of 20 feet of
vertical before breaking his leg. The bottom line is that any hill is
big enough to break bones. People get injured standing in the lift
line! Don't***around with marginal bindings.
* see http://SportToday.org/