How to Put on Cross-Country Skis

How to Put on Cross-Country Skis
There are several types of cross-country ski bindings, with boots made to match each type. Before you take your skis to the trail head, put them on at home to make sure your boots fit the bindings properly. Once you're ready to ski, walk with your skis to the start of the trail before you put them on. This helps avoid unnecessary wear and tear from shuffling over rocky, icy or wet spots on your way from the parking lot.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cross-country skis Poles Boots Bindings Socks
  • Cross-country skis
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Bindings
  • Socks
Step 1
Put on socks that are thick enough to keep your feet warm, but not so thick that they'll cut off your circulation once you put your boots on. Wool and wool blends are usually the best socks for skiing because they'll keep your feet warm even if they get sweaty or wet.
Step 2
Put on your boots and lace them up snugly, but not so tightly that your feet feel numb or painfully tight. Fasten any hook, loop or other closure on the boot. Some boots have a dial that you turn to cinch the laces tighter, or a quick-lace system that requires you to pull up on the laces and then slide a locking tab down to tighten them.
Step 3
Open the bindings on your skis. Center the bar underneath the toe of one ski boot over one of the open bindings, then step into the binding toe-first. You should feel the bar on the boot settle firmly into the binding.
Step 4
Flip the top of the binding down to secure your boot in place, then repeat with the other ski and boot.
Step 5
Wiggle your feet back and forth to make sure the boots are solidly mounted in the bindings. There should be no gap between the toe of your boot and your ski.

Tips & Warnings

Place your skis on a flat surface before trying to step into them or they may slide away from you.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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