Mounting Bindings on Powder Skis

Mounting Bindings on Powder Skis
Your ski bindings, as well as your ski binding position, can make or break your performance on the hill. As such, it is important to have your bindings mounted in the correct position. Most people use the ski techs at the shop to perform this service, but if you're mechanically savvy, this is an activity that you can try at home.
Powder skiing requires skills that are different from skiing groomers. Powder skis are also fatter than alpine skis. This makes people wonder if they should use a different technique to mount bindings on powder skis. The mounting technique is the same method that is used to mount alpine skis. However, some advanced powder skiers like to play with the binding position.


Difficulty: Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Powder skis Bindings Binding mount tool kit Ski boot Fine-tipped magic marker Ruler Power drill Epoxy
  • Powder skis
  • Bindings
  • Binding mount tool kit
  • Ski boot
  • Fine-tipped magic marker
  • Ruler
  • Power drill
  • Epoxy
Step 1
Choose your binding position. In a center mount, your center of mass is over the sweet spot of the ski. Forward mounts, sometimes used by female skiers, put your center of mass in front of the sweet spot. Rearward mounts put your center of mass behind the sweet spot. Some advanced skiers believe that is is the ideal mount position for powder skis, but the subject is contentious. Rearward mounts are not recommended for anyone who tends to be in the backseat. In most cases, the center mount is preferred. The center-mount position will already be marked on the skis. If you are choosing a different mount position, you will have to create new markings.
Step 2
Snap the ski boot into the toe piece of one of the bindings.
Step 3
Keep the binding attached, and place the midpoint of the ski boot on the midpoint of the ski.
Step 4
Use a fine-tipped magic marker to make a dot through the middle of each screw hole on the toe piece.
Step 5
Remove the boot and binding from the ski.
Step 6
Use your ruler to check if the marks are properly centered along the width of the ski.
Step 7
Drill halfway through the ski at your marks, using a drill bit that is somewhat smaller than the screws.
Step 8
Fill the holes with epoxy.
Step 9
Screw the toe piece into place.
Step 10
Snap the boot into the binding, and make a mark at the base of the heel.
Step 11
Align the heel piece with your marks.
Step 12
Drill holes at the heel marks, then apply epoxy and screw the heel piece into its correct position.

Tips & Warnings

If you have an old pair of skis and old bindings, it's best to use them for a practice mount.
Improperly installed bindings can cause injuries.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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