Hardboot Binding Configuration

Clarissa Explains It All


Binding set-up for alpine snowboards


85% of riding an alpine board comes down to the proper boot/binding setup.  But then I’m not a mathematician, so what do I know.


The “technique” you employ in moving your board from one edge to the other is directly related to the relationship established between you and your board.

Bindings, boards, and body parts fatigue and fail when subjected to loads they were not intended to carry.  If you are breaking 1/4” binding bails, the fault is probably yours, not the manufacturer’s.



The goal:  To stand equally weighted on both feet on the dynamic midpoint of the board, with full mobility of the joints of the lower extremities, hips facing the angle of the front foot, with an absence of muscular tension.

Finesse before power.



1.    Determine location of front foot (setback)

2.    Set front foot angle

3.    Support foot properly

4.    Set forward lean of boot

5.    Align boot cuffs

6.    Set toe lift

7.    Check ramp angle and verify forward lean

8.    Set cant

9.    Determine stance width

10. Set rear angle

11. Set heel lift

12. Set rear cant

13. Tune rear foot ramp angle

14.  Verify setback

(Revise order, such that front foot ramp angle, then toe lift, then forward lean…)


When you carve a turn on a snowboard, your weight, and thus the load on your body, increases.  If you can satisfy the points above, then you should maximize agility without compromising load bearing capacity or incurring excessive fatigue while riding.