How to Set Up Downhill Ski Bindings

How to Set Up Downhill Ski Bindings
Buying your own set of top-quality downhill skis means doing a little home assembly. The hardest part is installing your own bindings on the skis. This has the bonus of creating a custom fit that best suits your own individual skiing style and trail preferences. The installation procedure is very easy and should not take more than half an hour.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Epoxy kit
  • Paper plate/bowl
  • Popsicle stick
  • Screwdriver
Step 1
Inspect the sides of your skis to see if they have a mid-point marking. Most modern skis do. If yours do not, you will need to measure the skis and mark this mid-point yourself.
Step 2
Adjust the mid-lines. If you do a lot of freestyle skiing, you might want to push the mid-line forward by 1/2 inch to 1 inch. If you prefer powder skiing, you might want to push it back by 1/2 inch to 1 inch.
Step 3
Put on a ski boot and clamp on the toe piece of the binding. Set your foot onto the ski so that the middle of your foot is lined up with the ski's mid-line. Mark where the front end of the toe binding and your boot heel are on the ski.
Step 4
Un-clamp the toe binding and put both it and the heel binding onto the ski. Mark your screw holes. Drill holes into the skis where you marked, but be very careful to not punch a hole through the skis. That would ruin them.
Step 5
Mix together the resin and hardener from an epoxy kit on a disposable paper plate or bowl with a Popsicle stick.
Step 6
Apply epoxy to the screws as you drive them through the screw holes of the bindings and into the skis.
Step 7
Repeat Steps 3 through 6 to install bindings onto the remaining ski.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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