How To Make A Shot Ski? You Won’t Believe How Easy It Is!

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If you’re looking to add some extra fun to your next party or gathering, a shot ski might just be the perfect addition! A shot ski is essentially a mini-ski with shot glasses attached that multiple people can drink from at the same time.

While it may sound like a complicated DIY project, making one is actually quite easy and doesn’t require any special tools or skills. With a few simple steps and some creativity, you can create your own customized shot ski that’s sure to be a hit at your next event.

“A shot ski is a great conversation starter and adds an element of competition to any get-together. Plus, watching everyone try to take a shot together without spilling makes for some hilarious moments.” -Unknown

In this article, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of creating your very own shot ski. From selecting the right ski to attaching the shot glasses, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY pro or a first-timer, you won’t believe how easy it is to make a shot ski.

So gather up your friends, grab some supplies, and let’s get started on making the ultimate party accessory!

Materials You’ll Need


To make a shot ski, you will need skis. Any old or unwanted pair of skis can be used for this project. Look for skis that are long enough to accommodate at least 4 shot glasses. It is also important to choose a pair of skis that have adjustable bindings in case you need to change the position of the shot glasses on the ski.

Shot Glasses

The next item you will need is shot glasses. Purchase small shot glasses, preferably with a flat bottom so they sit securely on the ski. Also, ensure that the shot glasses are all the same size and shape so that they fit snugly into the ski’s bindings.


You will need a drill to create holes in the ski where the shot glasses will be placed. A regular drill will work just fine, but you may want to also purchase a spade bit that is the same size as your shot glasses’ diameter. This will help to avoid any accidental cracks or breakage when drilling through the ski.

  • Screws: In addition to these three main materials, you will also need screws to attach the shot glasses to the ski. Use screws that are long enough to go through the thickness of the ski without breaking through the other side.
  • Tape Measure: Depending on how many shot glasses you plan on adding to the ski, it might be helpful to use a measuring tape to evenly space them apart from each other.
  • Pencil or Pen: To mark where you want the shot glass holes to go on the ski.
“A good shot ski can turn even a mediocre party into an unforgettable one.”

Now that you know the materials required, it’s time to get started on the construction of your shot ski! Remember, this is a project that requires adult supervision and should only be attempted by those who have experience working with tools.

Preparing the Ski

Clean the Ski

Before starting to prepare your shot ski, it is important to clean it properly. Use hot water and soap or a gentle cleaner to remove all dirt and debris from the ski surface.

You can also use denatured alcohol to wipe down the ski after cleaning. This will ensure that there is no residue left on the ski before you begin working on it.

Remove Old Bindings

If your ski has old bindings, you need to remove them completely before starting with preparing your shot ski. You can do this by heating up the binding screws with a heat gun or hair dryer and then unscrewing them with a screwdriver.

Once the bindings are removed, inspect the holes for any damage or cracks. If you find any damages, fill in the holes using wood filler.

Fill Holes with Epoxy

After removing the old bindings, use an epoxy kit to fill in the holes. Mixing according to instructions, apply the mixture into the hole using a putty knife, making sure it’s smoothed out as much as possible.

Allow the epoxy to dry completely before sanding the area smooth. After sanding, wipe down the entire ski surface again with a cloth to remove dust.

  • The type of epoxy you use should be suitable for your ski material. Follow manufacturer’s instruction carefully.
  • Drying time can vary depending upon weather conditions and type of epoxy used. Be patient and wait until the epoxy dries completely before continuing to work on the ski.
“Epoxy is one of the most versatile adhesives available. Used correctly, it forms a strong and durable bond with many different materials. -Matt Boley, Ask the Builder

Measuring and Marking

If you are looking to create a fun party prop, then a shot ski is the way to go. A shot ski is a type of drinking game where shots are taken off a ski with multiple shot glasses attached to it. It can be made using a pair of snow skis and some basic DIY techniques. Here is how to make a shot ski:

Find Center of Ski

The first step in making a shot ski is to find the center of the ski. Take one of the skis and place it upside down on a flat surface. Move the ski around until it settles into a position where it is level – meaning that neither end sits higher or lower than the other. With the help of a measuring tape, measure 5 inches from each side towards the middle of the ski and mark both points.

Measure Shot Glass Placement

Once you have located the center of your ski, it’s time to decide how many shot glasses you want to attach to your shot ski. Typically, people use four to six shot glasses for a standard size ski. Space the shot glasses evenly along the length of the ski. Using your measuring tape again, begin by placing one end on the center point and measure out the distance between shot glass bases – which should vary depending on the number and spacing of glasses – until you reach the ends where you will place the outermost glasses at a distance of three inches or more from the edge of the ski.

Mark Hole Placement

After deciding on the placement of your shot glasses, mark their positions onto the surface of the ski using painter’s tape so they’re symmetrical (as this will also come in handy when you drill holes later). Drill two holes through the ski at each marked location using a 3/8-inch drill bit.

Check Alignment

Once you have drilled the holes, attach the shot glasses to the ski with the help of screws. Set the glasses in position and screw them tightly into place with a power driver or manual enthusiast’s screwdriver. Once all glasses are secured, check their alignment by holding the ski at eye level along both sides. Make sure that the shot glass bases sit flush against the ski surface without any slanting. If they aren’t properly aligned, loosen the screws slightly and re-adjust the shot glasses to attain proper positioning before re-tightening them securely.

Your DIY shot ski is now ready for use! Share it with your friends at your next party and put your creation skills to good use!

“The unexpected addition of lemon juice enhances the flavor of anything containing almonds, e.g. marzipan, frangipane cakes…” – Mary Berry

Drilling the Holes

If you’re planning on making a shot ski, one of the most important steps is drilling the holes. This step is crucial because it will determine how many people can participate in your shot ski and where they’ll be positioned.

Select Drill Bit

The first thing you need to do before drilling the holes is to select the right drill bit. You want to choose a bit that’s just slightly larger than the size of your shot glass. The best drill bits for this project include spade bits, hole saws, or paddle bits. Remember to select the right bit depending on the thickness of the material you’re using for your shot ski.

A couple of key tips to keep in mind while you select your drill bit are:

  • Use a drill with enough power to cut through your materials easily.
  • Make sure the tip of the drill bit remains sharp throughout the job for smooth cuts and quick results.
  • Test an inconspicuous area before beginning to ensure the drill bit doesn’t slip or cause damage to the shot ski board as you work.

Drill Holes

Once you’ve selected your drill bit, it’s time to start drilling the holes. Begin by marking where you want to place each shot glass. Traditionally, shot skis have three to six shot glasses spaced evenly down the length of the board.

After marking the spots, clamp your board to a sturdy surface like a table or bench. Then drill straight downward from the top side of the board. Ensure the angle remains perpendicular to the board at all times throughout the process. This helps make certain the shot glasses sit flat when placed into the holes.

As an additional tip, you can use a piece of scrap wood under the surface as an platform to protect the table or bench from being damaged by the drill. You’ll need plenty of pressure on your drill throughout this process, so there’s no harm in double-checking all stability issues of the surfaces before getting started.

Lastly, do not rush while making these holes. Drill with patience and take regular pauses to re-align if required. If things are done right, at the end of drilling every single shot glass hole, it will be satisfyingly flawless.

“Measure twice and cut once.” -Proverb

Selecting the right drill bit is key for successful results when creating a shot ski. Drilling the holes should also be done firmly and methodically to prevent any incorrect drills. Give yourself enough time to complete this task correctly, and don’t hesitate to ask someone else for assistance if necessary.

Attaching the Shot Glasses

A shot ski is a party game that requires little engineering but adds so much fun. Most times, it involves attaching some glasses to a flat-surfaced skiboard and lining them in such a way that those consuming from the same side will share the drink simultaneously. All you need are your ski board, plastic shot cups, screws, drill bits, screwdrivers, sandpaper, paint, and stencils.

Insert Shot Glasses

The first step towards making a shot ski would be getting new unbroken glasses of various sizes compatible with the surface area of your choice (a ski or snowboard usually). Allocate sufficient space on the board for each glass, depending on how many individuals you wish to participate in drinking concurrently while standing together facing the edge. The glasses should not be tightly spaced either.

“There’s something life-affirming about learning to survive extremely cold temperatures and treacherous terrain.” -Bear Grylls

If you go for smaller-sized glasses so that all four people have similar amounts, aim for shorter lengths between shots. But if you’re working with larger portions, stretch out the gaps further. Position varying cup heights unevenly and arrange colors by height if they lend themselves well visually. When using colored dots made of vinyl or spray paint to design the glasses’ bottoms, you can attempt several unique sequences that are simple to replicate.

Secure with Screws

You’ll proceed to secure the glasses now that you’ve completed your layout preparation. Based on the width of the appropriate size screw length being used, carefully make pilot holes through every indentation’s bottom at predefined intervals that correspond with the position of the glasses. Screwdriver blade tips get covered in green tape to protect the colorful markings from becoming damaged when installing straight in. Then, aligned with the center of each hole for optimum force distribution, drive a screw through the base of each cup into the board.

Ensure that your screws are securely stuck so that no one drops his or her glass during game time. You may also use strong adhesive substances like Epoxy instead but note they can be difficult to undo if a repair is required later. Once all four cups are firmly attached, you’ll need to rub down any rough spots on the wooden edges using sandpaper. Alternatively, an electric sander offers faster service and reduces hand strain. After eliminating all rough surfaces, add prismatic paint finishes or lacquer colors to help jazz up your masterpiece.


You’re now almost ready for party mode. The next step is straightforward: fill everyone’s containers with drink, including your own. Since the goal is to simultaneously consume as much alcohol as possible from the connected shot glasses on the ski, make sure to aim for similar volumes per compartment.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” -Aristotle

This game may become messy; therefore, clean-up after every round necessitates assistance. If anyone spills, uses profanity, dribbles water/fluids onto the surface, or disrespectfully refuses to equal shots, handle them appropriately. Politely warn someone who disobeys the rules once before pulling him/her aside privately to confront them about negative behavior disturbing other individuals’ comfort zone.

  • The plastic glasses should always get tightly attached to avoid unnecessary incidents when using the shot ski.
  • All instructions must be followed when attaching the plastics since failure to do so could lead to injuries.
  • Always clean up after the party as failure to do so can lead to dirty surfaces and damaged shot glasses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need to make a shot ski?

You will need a ski, shot glasses, epoxy glue, a drill, a measuring tape, sandpaper, and a marker. Make sure to use a ski that can be drilled in without damaging it. Choose shot glasses that fit well on the ski and are durable enough to withstand the cold. Epoxy glue is recommended for a strong hold.

How many shot glasses do I need for a shot ski?

The number of shot glasses you need depends on the length of your ski. Typically, a shot ski can accommodate 4-6 shot glasses. Measure the length of your ski and divide it by the number of shot glasses you want to use. Remember to space them evenly apart and leave some room on each end for drinking.

How do I attach the shot glasses to the ski?

First, sand the bottom of the shot glasses and the ski to ensure a strong hold. Use a marker to mark where you want the shot glasses to be placed. Then, use a drill to create small holes where the markings are. Apply epoxy glue to the bottom of each shot glass and insert them into the drilled holes. Allow the glue to dry completely before using.

What is the best type of ski to use for a shot ski?

The best type of ski to use for a shot ski is a vintage or old ski that is no longer in use. Avoid using a ski with a lot of flex or a waxable base. Make sure the ski is long enough to fit the desired number of shot glasses and can be drilled into without causing damage.

How do I decorate my shot ski?

There are many ways to decorate a shot ski. You can paint it with bright colors or use stickers or stencils to create designs. You can also add a coat of clear sealant to protect the paint. Use your imagination and have fun with it!

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