Welcome to the second article in Backcountry Basics, a helpful series of short instructional videos and tech tips to get you going for your backcountry skiing adventures! In this edition we will be focusing on tech bindings.
These are lightweight bindings that allow you to go from lock-down downhill skiing to freeing your heel for the uphill. They rely on spring-tensioned pins to hold your toes and heel in place. It’s a tricky mechanism to figure out at first, before it becomes your best friend in the backcountry later. Watch the short video to learn how to step into your tech bindings for backcountry downhill skiing.
Next up is a video of stepping in and out of your bindings for uphill travel. This time, the heel piece is turned/ moved back, so that the heel pins are not engaged and the ski can pivot freely from the pins that hold your toes.
A few details to note: Make sure the pin holes in your boots are clear of snow and ice. You can use your ski pole tip to clear them out if necessary. Also, be sure that there is no snow or ice packed under the spring of your binding toe pieces. When your tech bindings pre-release, it’s often because of user error: Keep ‘em clean!
You can practice using your tech bindings at home before heading out on the slopes.
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