How to make a re-usable Telemark Binding Template


Our good buddy Craig D. put together an awesome tutorial on his site but I wanted to add a bit more to the subject.

Recently I have been using a binding and transferring it from ski to ski.  At first when I mounted it I used many of the methods described by Craig.  For me, it was a slow process and it was prone to error (at least with my impatience and ADD). I wanted to speed up the process and make a reliable, re-usable jig that would cut down on the amount of stripped screw holes.

The first versions of this evolved from using a plastic plate or a flimsy tupperware.  When I finally decided to build a correct one, I want and got a large plastic bin lid.  I looked for one that was transparent and flat. I also wanted to be able to mount my heel pieces in one go, so I got a lid that could fit the entire binding with my boot in it.



-Tape Measure and Straight Edge Ruler

-Straight Edge

-Utility Knife

-Permanent Markers: I used two different colors for ease of use.

-Dremmel (optional, there are other was to cut the plastic)

-Nail Punch


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Cutting out a square plate. Plastic was too brittle to use scissors and too thick for a razor blade

After cleaning up the melted/scrap plastic I had to find the center of the sheet.

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Finding the center of the sheet.

I used a piece of scrap hickory for my straight edge.  In retrospect a builders square would have been better.

Once I found the center line, I used a Sharpie and marked dots at .5cm intervals.  Both on the top of the sheet and the bottom.

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Red is the center line. Black dots at symmetrical intervals.

Next I took my straight edge and utility knife and scored the dots.  Be careful and methodical to connect the correct dots.  It gets confusing and you start seeing double after a while (I connected a few wrong dots and had an x or two on the sheet).

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Scribed lines.

I also number the lines so that when I am mounting I have an easy reference.  This was a trick from old 22 Designs templates.

Once I have the center line and the scribed width’s I layout the binding holes:

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Transferring the binding holes to the sheet.

I also ended up adding a few lines so that I could get the flanks of the binding lined up perfectly.

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Double check, double check.

Having a few different measuring tools was helpful.  Here I am double checking the distance’s of the holes to the lines. Take your time and make sure the holes are perfect, one of the most critical steps!

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Finding my boot sole center and marking it for future mounts.

Finding the boot sole center just takes fiddling.  I measured my boot, subtracted the toe and heel lips and divided by two.  I am a 28 mondo and was 15cm for reference. Then I put the binding on the sheet, lined up the holes, estimated where the toe would be placed found my boot sole center. I also mark my boot sole center so I can throw the sheet on skis and mount quickly.

Mount er' up!

Mount er’ up!

The last step is to punch out the plastic with a nail punch (upper right hand corner below the rasp). This is a critical step and is worth taking your time.  Make sure to hit hard enough and go thru the plastic so that when the sheet is on the ski, it transfers the nail punch mark thru.  If your punches are off on this step, so too will all subsequent mounts.


Lastly, and for a mount, I use the scribed lines on either side to perfectly center the template on the ski.  Tap away, remove the template and then drill your holes.


You can also notice the two black dots on my center line in the bottom right hand of the last picture; they are my heel block holes. One stop shopping!


Watch a previous video here on the complete steps for mounting.


Hope this helps somebody out sometime!





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Ringing in the New Year on Mt. Raymond

The temps have been frigid in the Wasatch lately, but we braved the windchill and set out on an adventure. Erme Catino and I (Weston) set 0ut to go up for a little walk in the woods to keep warm.  We started from Erme’s house in Big Cottonwood and walked across the street to the trailhead.

When we caught a glimpse of how pretty Mt. Raymond was we knew we had to get over there and check it out first hand. We took two laps and had the biggest smiles ever on our faces.

Oh, and we apologize about the awful music, we had to change it last minute.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Life Unbound!!!

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Flip or Flop: Life Unbound EP4 [S2]

As ski magazines crowd mailboxes and the days get shorter, we get more and more excited for ski season. We find our selves playing with ski gear, repeatedly stopping by the local ski shop to see if the new gear has arrived and dreaming of pow filled turns.
For this episode, we put together an edit that tells the story of a spring powder day, and a trip to the Tushar Mountains in Southern UT. Our spring pow day was in our own backyard, and although the clouds socked us in most of the day, it was full of smiles and long turns. As we headed South, the range had just got 18in of snow. We tried to beat the spring sun, but mother nature beat us too it. The skiing ended up being survival skiing with wind effect, ice crusts and down right terrible snow. But the skiing is only part of the story, and the company mixed with stunning scenery is the true treasure.
We reminisce of some of our favorite turns of last season and can not wait to get out and make some more.

Flip or Flop: Life Unbound EP4 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

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Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [SE2]

It has not been for lack of trying that we haven’t put out an episode, we have been striking out left and right. It is frustrating when the snow turns or the storm misses you completely, but that is the name of the game and one of the reasons we love it so much; you just never know what will happen.

Well we didn’t strike out on our last trip, and while the snow could have been a little better, we had an amazing time. We headed south to Moab an to took all the toys; sled, bikes, skis, skins and camping gear. We book ended the trip with biking and did two days of skiing in the middle. Check out the adventure!

Red & White: Life Unbound EP3 [S2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

Until next time-

Weston and Shaun

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Transitions: Episode 2, Season 2

December presented many challenges for us but we stuck to our game plan and went out everyday we could. We present to you episode two!

Transitions: Life Unbound EP2 [SE2] from The Life Unbound on Vimeo.

We struggled thru rain, wind, more wind and finally a jet stream shift. We had some good days, epic days and a few frustrating ones. The learning continued as we dealt with variables we have never encountered. We got out with our friends Brody Leven, Kalen Thorien, Brendan Trieb and Matt Primomo.

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