How to Install Bindings on Cross Country Skis

How to Install Bindings on Cross Country Skis
Cross country skiing provides a full body workout along with being in the outdoors. Arms, legs and calves, lungs and heart are all given a proper exercise regime with the sport. Unlike its Alpine cousin, Nordic (cross country) ski gear is less intensive to maintain, learn and work on. Bindings for cross country skis are installable in your own shop or home.


Difficulty: Moderate

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Things You’ll Need:
  • NNN or SNS bindings with install kit
  • Cross country skis
  • Piece of paper
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Power drill and bits
  • Silicone sealer
  • Work bench
  • Erasable marker
  • Assistant
Step 1
Set one ski down on the floor and place your foot on it, in the center of the ski. Have your assistant slide the piece of paper under the ski and move toward the foot (from either the front or back of the ski) until it stops from the pressure of the foot on the ski. Release the pressure of your foot on the ski and allow the ski to rebound back into its curve. Mark the ski where the paper stopped from the foot pressure. Repeat this with the other ski.
Step 2
Place the mounting plate over the mark, in the forward position (look for arrows or other indicators for front and back) and use one screw to make a mark where the four holes are (go in a circle pushing the screw into the hole so it marks where the screws go).
Step 3
Set the mounting plate to the side along with the screws. Drill the four holes 3/4 of an inch into the ski. Set the mounting plate over the four holes and line them up. Place the binding on the mounting plate and line the holes up from all three--ski, mounting plate and binding.
Step 4
Place all four screws in the holes and use the screwdriver to turn each one full turn to the right. Tighten the screws using the power drill until you feel tension on the screws and they are flush with the bindings. Do not overtighten.
Step 5
Repeat the process for the second ski.
Step 6
Place one drop of silicon sealer on each of the screws for both skis and bindings. Allow the silicone to dry completely (follow manufacturer's instructions for dry time).

Tips & Warnings

Have a friend or ski partner use the paper instead of you. Stand straight up on the ski to ensure the camber is compressed when doing the paper test.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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