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Indemnified Bindings 2016-2017
As is their custom, bindings manufacturers will not publish their list of currently indemnified bindings. They fail to realize that by encouraging the sale and trade of used equipment, their sport has a chance to attract new users that otherwise will not be able to participate.
Retailers also refuse to provide this information, they want you to "bring them in." When people buy obsolete bindings only to find that retailers refuse to work on them, it establishes an immediate distaste and distrust of the industry. Most people are simply unaware of the risks associated with aging bindings.
Wouldn't it make sense for retailers and manufacturers to publish these lists, educate consumers, promote safety instead of mistrust, and grow the sport?
Instead the number of operational ski areas continues to plunge. The number of skis sold each season has dropped drastically over the past decade. The number of profitable retailers continues to decline.
They don't get it.
Again the list is being compiled slowly but surely. It can be found at the SkiBum.net website. If you have anything to add, please contact Rick Bolger via this email: sticker -at- gondyline -dot- com
Use this to get Lift Tickets at Discount: There is a "clearinghouse" of sorts that many ski areas use to raise cash by selling discount tickets in advance, called Liftopia . If you haven't used this service, it is important to know for certain that you are going on a specific date. The deeply discounted tickets must be purchased in advance; generally up to two days out. The sticking point is that some ski resorts only make a limited number of tickets available to Liftopia for any given day, so they might be sold out if you wait too long...so, as soon as you are absolutely, positively sure that you will be skiing on a certain day, click this link to get deeply discounted tickets . I've used this service many times, but again, ONLY when I am absolutely certain I will be skiing on a specific date. You need to have access to a printer to print out your receipt, and you have to take identification with you to the mountain. I've knocked a third off the price of some tickets. Not every area participates, but it's well worth checking if you've got a date nailed down.
A tiny portion of your Liftopia purchase helps fund this website, at no added cost.