How to Fit Ski Boots to Bindings

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How to Fit Ski Boots to Bindings
Alpine ski bindings hold the foot at the toe and heel. (botte de ski image by fraenz from

Stepping into a pair of skis should be the least complicated part of skiing. Unfortunately for many, this simple act is a major source of frustration. It is important to keep a clear head while skiing, but it helps if we take care of the feet first. Breaking down the process can alleviate some of the trouble that beginner skiers may have fitting ski boots to bindings and make the path to the chair lift a faster one.

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Things you need

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Bindings

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    Fitting ski boots to bindings

  1. 1

    Lay both skis parallel with each other on the snow. The bindings must be aligned to prevent an awkward and unstable stance once you are in the skis.

  2. 2

    Stand over the bindings with one foot between the skis and the other foot outside the skis. This stance will create a stable and balanced position once one foot is in the binding.

  3. 3

    Place your outside foot over the nearest ski, with the toe pointing down towards the front piece of the binding. Slide the toe piece of the boot into the toe piece of the binding.

  4. 4

    Lower your heel to the heel piece. Check that the rear edge of the boot heel makes contact with the corner of the heel piece. If there is a gap the bindings require sizing adjustments.

  5. 5

    Press down forcefully with your heel. Keep your toe in place at the front of the binding. A loud distinctive click will signal the locking of the boot into the binding.

  6. 6

    Raise your other foot above the other binding, insert the toe into the bindings' front piece and press down on your heel until you hear a click.

  7. 7

    Push down on the rear binding with a ski pole to release the binding. Most ski bindings feature a notch or other form of depression in the heel piece to help secure the pole tip and indicate where it should be placed.

Tips and warnings

  • On a sloped surface, arrange your skis perpendicular to the hill to prevent them from sliding forward.
  • Make sure your ski bindings are equipped with brakes to prevent injury or damaged equipment in the event of a fall or lost ski.

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