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How To Adjust Ski Bindings

The bindings on your skis should be adjusted to suit your body type and skiing ability.


  • Step 1: Turn the DIN setting screw to change it to the appropriate position.
  • Step 2: Insert the toe of the boot into the open binding, followed by the heel, and press down until the binding snaps closed. Wiggle the boot around: If there is too much movement in the fitting, or if the bindings do not release, readjust.
  • Step 3: Adjust the heel piece, toe position, wings, and DIN setting on the other ski with the other boot. Check the fit, and you're ready to head out!
  • FACT: Did you know? In short races called speed skiing, racers sometimes reach speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
  • Step 4: Make adjustments to the wings on the toe piece. Some binding adjustments may require an Allen wrench.
  • Step 5: Put the boot back into the binding. Use your screwdriver to adjust the position of the toe portion of the binding.
  • Step 6: Measure your body height in feet and inches, your weight in pounds, and the length of the sole of your ski boot in millimeters. Determine whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert skier.
  • Step 7: Calculate the Deutsche Industrie Norm (DIN) setting, which determines how much force is required to release the boot from the ski in a crash. Consult a DIN chart, either online or at a ski shop.
  • TIP: Injuries and abnormal snow conditions may affect the appropriate DIN setting. Consult a professional ski technician for help.
  • Step 8: Place your skis and boots on a table or other flat surface. Insert your boot into the binding, toe first, and press the heel down. If the binding is too tight, use a flathead screwdriver to adjust the heel piece. Then reposition it and tighten the screw.
  • Step 9: Make sure your skis and ski boots are correctly sized for your body and the type of skiing you plan to do.

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