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Do the hole patterns for SNS, NNN and 3-pin (including Back Country variants) cross-country ski bindings match up at all, or do you always need to drill new holes in the skis when installing a different binding system?

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Out of date for 2013 / for sure! watch out and be careful good skies are expensive and brake it drilled tooooo many times . –  user1006 Jan 3 '13 at 3:51

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The different binding systems are of course primarily designed to provide a standard interface between the binding and the boot, not necessarily to provide a standard way of mounting the binding on the ski.

However that said I believe that the drill-pattern for SNS and NNN are generally speaking compatible, a situation that has some backing from the fact that I could find someone selling a universal drill jig for "Soloman and NNN bindings". I could not find something that ties in the older 3-pin system, but I suspect (but have no evidence for) that the mounting on the newer systems probably reflect the standard pattern of mounting the on the 3-pin system.

You should also be aware that in 2005 the NIS (Nordic Integrated System) was introduced, that uses a rail bonded to the ski that is compatible with both NNN and SNS bindings - so no drilling required with compatible skis.

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Sweet - thanks @Ste –  iandotkelly Jun 6 '12 at 13:18
    
I'm not sure this is correct. And I have yet to find any SNS bindings that fit on NIS plates (without drilling holes at least), see: sports.stackexchange.com/q/2150/323. –  newenglander Jan 24 '13 at 10:08

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