Setting Ski Bindings

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Learn to set up your ski bindings with expert tips on snow skiing in this free video on ski equipment.

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In this section I'm going to be giving you a run-through on setting your bindings once they're actually mounted on the skis. When you're first learning how, listen to the people at the shop because they have a pre-listed setting for your specific skiing type, your weight, your body type, and everything else that goes along with it. Once you kind of get the hang of it, as you'll notice right here, there's different numbers that go from lowest to highest, the lowest being the loosest sort of binding -it's going to have your foot pop out really easily- and the highest being where your foot's probably not going to pop out, even if you take a really bad fall. So when you're learning freestyle skiing tricks, it's really important to find that happy medium so you can land and take the rough landings and not have your ski pop off, but if you do fall to have it pop off so you're not going to be hurting any of your body parts, like your knees or anything, from twisting and wrapping around. You don't want your ski to stay on if you're taking a bad fall where you're tumbling and stuff, you want the skis to come off and the bindings to work how they're supposed to. So talk to your shop, especially when you're starting out, and see what the proper setting is for your body type and for your skiing ability, and then once you get the hang of it, play around with it. If they're too hard where you can't even step out of them and you can't get them off, they're definitely on there too tight. But if they're clicking out when you're trying simple, basic tricks or even just turning, they're on too loose. So you're definitely going to want to find that happy medium, like I said before, between too loose and too tight, allowing for you to be able to ski comfortably and not have to worry about getting hurt in the case that you do fall.

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