Gone Outdoors

How to Adjust Ski Bindings to Fit New Boots

by Alan Bass

Adjusting your ski bindings to fit your boots is not just something that is recommended; it is crucial to your safety if you want to enjoy yourself on the ski slope. It is so crucial that it is recommended to go to a professional in order to get your ski bindings adjusted correctly. However, if you feel confident enough in your abilities to adjust the bindings yourself, be very careful and very aware of what you are doing, so as not to risk injury.

Adjusting Ski Bindings

1. Before adjusting your skis, you will need to know the skis' device identification number (DIN). This number has to do with your height, age, ability, weight and boot length. If you are unsure of your DIN, go to a skip shop and ask someone to help you out, or search for a DIN chart online.

2. Line up your boots with the skis. The middle of the sole of the boot should line up exactly with the middle of the skis.

3. Put the toe of the boot into the binding and step down with the heel. Be sure that there is no excess space between the heel and the toe, and ensure that the boot fits perfectly in the binding.

4. Adjust the position of the heel piece so that the heel of the boot is held in place. If it is not in the correct place, use a screwdriver to adjust the position of the heel piece. Check the fit of the boot by simply stepping down into the binding.

5. Using the screwdriver, change the DIN to its appropriate setting. To do this, simply turn the screwdriver until the the ski shows the correct number.

Items you will need
  • Screwdriver

Tip

  • Most ski shops will adjust your ski bindings for free upon renting or buying skis. Be sure to take advantage of this service.

Warning

  • Do not adjust ski bindings yourself unless you are absolutely certain that you know what you are doing. If you do it incorrectly, you could hurt yourself, break your skis or risk injury when on the hill.

About the Author

Alan Bass has been writing since 2008. His work focusing on sports topics has appeared in the "Hockey News" and online at Inside Hockey and HockeyBuzz. He received a presidential award from Muhlenberg College for academic and community achievements, in addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology and business. In 2011, he published a book titled "The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk That Changed the NHL Forever."

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