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Making the perfect Shot Ski

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

We've been taking about making a great shot ski and happen  to have a great ski to do it with.

Time to hit the work bench and get it done, eh?



Just in case the link disappears some day, I figured I'd list the steps here. 

Credit Skinet.com

Jeremy Benson


Step One: 


Finding the Perfect Ski

The first, and arguably most important, step in creating the perfect shot-ski is finding the right ski. If you don’t have old skis, ski shops will often have some pairs lying around. Thrift and second hand gear shops are also a great place to look. This pair of Spalding Extreme Powder skis used to be screwed onto the exterior wall of Porters Sports in Tahoe City. In addition to having the words “extreme” and “powder” printed on the topsheet, they’ve also got fluorescent pink bases and a sweet helicopter graphic. At 70 mm underfoot they certainly don’t meet today’s standards for powder skis but they absolutely fit the bill for making a shot-ski. Whenever possible find a ski that has some kind of sentimental value to you, like those Volkl P9’s you used to shred moguls on back in the day. Remember, the longer the ski is the more shots you can fit on it. For example, my 202 Spalding Extreme Powder’s comfortably fit four (shots, on a 225 DH ski you could probably fit five.
Step Two: Deciding what kind of shot ski you want

Kinds of Shot-Skis

In my experience, there are two basic types of shot-skis. There’s the lazyman’s sit on top, where you simply measure out where to put your shot glasses and then glue them to the topsheet. Then, there’s the integrated shot-ski, which I’ll demonstrate here. In this style the shot glasses rest inside the ski and can be removable to facilitate the cleaning process.



Step Three: Measure twice, Drill once




While perfection isn’t absolutely necessary with a shot-ski it’s nice to come as close as you can to uniformity. First, pick the number of shots you’d like to have on your ski. Four is a nice round number and a good starting point. If you must have more than four shots on your ski, by all means go for it, but cramping the ski will probably only lead to awkward shot taking and more booze on people’s faces than in their mouths. A good rule of thumb for spacing is approximately 18 to 20 inches apart. Good spacing will allow for a more comfortable forward-facing approach to the ski, which is already a difficult thing to deal with. Make marks that are centered in the ski widthwise and get ready to drill.


Step Four: 



To make holes in the ski I used a hole saw, but a large paddle drill bit may also work. Ideally all of your shot glasses will be the same size. I’d recommend buying a set that you will use primarily for the shot ski, then all of your holes can be uniform and the process will be much easier. Figure out what diameter your glasses are by measuring them and find a comparable size hole saw or drill bit. In this case I used a 1.5-inch diameter hole saw. Line it up with the marks that you made during the measurement process and drill, being careful not to drill all the way through the base. By stopping your holes just above the base you can remove the core samples, making perfect, countersunk holes for the glasses to sit in. A flathead screwdriver or a chisel work great for cleaning out the holes. It is important to note that many skis out there have fiberglass, wood, metal, and plastic in them so be careful not to breathe in any fumes and wear safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
Step Five: 


After the holes are drilled and cleaned out, smooth out any imperfections with sandpaper or a grinding wheel. At this point those who want their glasses to be permanently attached can super glue or epoxy them into place. Those who want their glasses to be removable may want to consider using Velcro(genius! No one I know has ever done that) to hold them in place when the shot ski is in use. I bought some adhesive-backed Velcro at the local hardware store. The adhesive on the Velcro works pretty well, but gluing the Velcro into the holes and onto your shot glasses will ensure that it works for a long time. Having removable shot glasses makes cleaning your shot ski way easier, promotes healthier drinking, and limits the spread of herpes. Plus, you’ll be less likely to make your girlfriend mad when your ski is in the sink.

Step Six:


Deploy the Shot-ski

Now that your shot-ski is in working order call up a bunch of your friends and celebrate something. Take shots from your shot-ski to thank the snow gods for a big dump or to urge them to make it snow. Mount it above your fireplace, keep it out in the garage, or bring it to parties. Whatever you do with your shot-ski hopefully it involves good times, deep snow, and most importantly, friends. Because taking four shots by yourself is awkward. -Jeremy Benson
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Obviously there are different ways to make a Shot Ski. 

Here is Tsavo's in action at Abasin last May.  Her's is drilled through instead of a velcro nest. 





post #3 of 13

We've done the drill method as well, but sawed it in half, screwed a doorhinge in the middle and window latch, and voila... travel shot ski.  In 2 seconds it folds up to a carry-on size and glasses go in the purse.  I didn't actually try to carry it on, but it easily passed through customs in Mexico.  We also have used super-strength magnets glued to the bottoms of the shot glasses and then just stuck them directly to a 1970's ski that had a pretty hefty metal layer... no screws, holes, or glue on the actual ski so it could be used as a decorative piece and glasses could be washed easily.

post #4 of 13

For quick and dirty fun, use 1.5 inch rubber chair leg tips and space them 14-15 inches on center.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Philpug made a traditional shot ski  for tall shot glasses, by drilling the hole a smidge bigger than he needed and lining the holes with some grippy material.  

This worked well to keep glasses in place and make them easy to wash. 



Then we got this lovely wedding gift from SkiNurse and Segbrown, made by Shotz Ski.

They will custom make a ski for you, with their tiny ski boot bindings and custom made ski boot shaped shot glasses. 




They even put name plates on for me and Philpug, as well as a metal plate with our wedding date. Very nicely done. 


You can find Shotz Ski on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/shotz.ski

post #6 of 13

We have a couple of good ones courtesy of MikeC. I'll have to get MrDSloan to take some pictures so I can post them. Later today . . .

post #7 of 13

Dang, digging the velcro idea for the shot glasses. Far better than my last epoxy job, might be time to revamp the ski for the spring.

post #8 of 13

Ugh, now I want my old purple Rossi 4G's back.  And my 7S's.  And my Volkl P9's (The black and white on yellow ones, and the later ones with pink too).


Really should have seperate ones for tequila, vodka, etc.


Oh well, I've got some Rossi 9X's with out a purpose (till now).

post #9 of 13

Great way to make a shot-ski! Being able to take the shot glasses off and clean them is awesome. My only suggestion would be to use magnets instead of velcro. I tried velcro and my shot glasses were not held very well. I used disc magnets and it works awesome. K&J MAGNETICS have all different sizes for any size shot glasses used.

post #10 of 13

The ski shop at Schweitzer sells a stylish smooth looking metal bracket that clamps/releases the shot glass from the ski. I think these are locally manufactured brackets.

post #11 of 13

Yep, loving the velcro idea as well. 

post #12 of 13
Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

The ski shop at Schweitzer sells a stylish smooth looking metal bracket that clamps/releases the shot glass from the ski. I think these are locally manufactured brackets.


Yes, these are manufactured locally by a friend of mine, locally known as the "Evil Elf" (a name that I'm proud to say I coined for him....long story). He's the telemark skier you've seen in a lot of our videos, if you've watched them. Anyway, the name of his company is Shotz Ski ( http://www.shotzski.com/ ). The bindings you're talking about are a step-in style, shown here:






He also has a telemark style binding, my personal preference, that he makes out of boot buckles:



You can buy the binding and boot kits and do your own shotz skis or you can buy an in-stock ski; or you can have one custom built.  If you're interesting in more information, PM me.

post #13 of 13

Hello - were any grips used in the pic above showing completely drilled through holes? or how well did the shot glasses stay in if nothing was used?

On a different note, how well has velcro lasted once in contact with water / spilled alcohol?

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