I recently bought a pair of alpine touring skis with skins. I intend to use these to ski into some ice climbs in the Adirondacks. In order to keep the skins on the back of the skis you can create a rat tail in order to keep your skins attached should the glue fail. You’ll need: skins, webbing, elastic cord, pan head screws, and a drill.
- Mark a point about a third of the distance from the rear end of the binding to the tail end of the ski in the center of the ski.
- After marking this point, determine the depth from the top of the ski to the base. We’re going to be drilling a hole into the ski, so it is imperative to know how far you can safely drill. I marked my drill bit at about two thirds of the depth of the ski by wrapping duct tape around the bit. Go ahead and drill a pilot hole ahead of the screw into the ski.
- Insert the screw into hole to test the fit. Assuming it fits nicely, use gorilla glue, or any other urethane glue to set the screw into place.
- Next we need to cut our skins to the proper length. I developed a pattern that tapered the skin 9 inches from the full length to 11/16″ as it mates with the webbing.
- The skin was cut to length and the webbing was attached to the skin, and doubled back to form a loop using gorilla glue. Make sure the length of webbing you use allows you to reach about 2 inches short of the pan head screw when folded over.
- Almost done! Elastic material was tied into the loop.
Here’s what the final setup should look like: