When you pick up your mounted skis, check the shop’s work. Bindings should be lined up perfectly straight. They should be centered in the same location on both skis, not millimeters in front or behind the other.Bindings mounted crooked or offset from each other contribute to injury or difficulties turning on one side. If they aren’t mounted evenly, point out the discrepancy to the technician to resolve it immediately.
Skis come with a center mark for mounting bindings. Most beginning skiers need to start with the factory-recommended mounting location. Also, all-mountain or all-terrain skiers will use the factory-recommended center mark.But, bindings can also be mounted forward or backwards from the factory-recommended center line. Skiers who specialize in certain aspects may want the bindings mounted one to three centimeters ahead or behind the center mark.
For instance, terrain park skiers need ultra quick turning and the capability of skiing backwards or switching. To adapt the skis for responsiveness in both tactics, terrain park skiers often mount bindings forward from the center mark.Meanwhile, powder skiers sometimes want bindings mounted where they can provide easier floating or a more stable ski in deep fluff. Bindings mounted further back from the center help achieve those goals.
A few bindings on the market are variable mounts, which allow skiers to make on-hill adjustments in the binding placement. By moving up to three centimeters forward or backward from center, the skier can swap between riding in the park and floating in powder.
Certified ski technicians can mount your bindings onto your skis. It’s a simple process: drill holes into skis, add a dab of glue in the holes and screw the bindings down.Getting the holes placed correctly for your ski boots and drilled to the right depth is the trick. Technicians rely on specialty tools to help them mount bindings in the right spot.
Technicians use jigs from the manufacturers to line up the boot center mark to the ski center mark. The jig guides the drilling process to get the bindings mounted right where they need to go for your particular boot length.Some DIY diehards rely on their own free drilling or use a drill press. You can even get paper jigs or universal jigs to help with self-mounting. Be sure you know what you are doing or you could wreck your new big bucks skis.
Technicians also use special drill bits to prevent drilling all the way through the skis. Drill bit sizes vary for types of skis: wood, composite, metal cores and children’s skis. Once technicians clean the drill chips out of the holes, they insert a bit of glue to help anchor the screws.