30 years old
I am still somewhat timid skiing and essentially just started this season. I am comfortable on all the blues and "blue/black" runs at mammoth. I have yet to try anything tougher than that.
I have marker griffon bindings with the DIN set at like 6.5. A little while ago, I fell in some spring bumpy/slushy conditions that I tried to take too fast. The tip of my ski caught in the snow at some point during my tumble and pulled straight "down" relative to my body. Because there was no lateral force, the toe did not release, and I got what appears to be a boot-top bone bruise (no fracture visible on the x-Ray, but very slow improvement day-to-day). Ruined my weekend.
My question is as follows. I really love this sport and want to keep improving and to ski for many years. Should I get a "safer" binding, i.e., one with upward toe or lateral heel release? Is there a way to avoid that kind of fall or ensure that there is lateral pressure so the toe pops out? (This sort of fall happened to me once before, but on a rental ski with upward toe release, and I was fine.) Should I be more worried about ACL injury anyway, and get a kneebinding?
Thanks in advance for any guidance on this. I don't mean to knock my current equipment; I will be perfectly fine to stick with it if the answer is "you're falling wrong and ACL injuries are rare; just make such-and-such adjustment and you will be fine."