As you rest your body on your ski poles looking down at your skis while waiting in the chairlift line, you probably were thinking about a variety of things like what to eat for lunch or maybe which trail you want to head down.
But have you ever looked down and considered remounting your skis?
The art of remounting skis involves removing the ski bindings, plugging up the holes and remounting a new set of bindings (or the old ones) in a different position. If you haven’t considered it, you certainly are not alone, but there are some great benefits to remounting skis.
What are the big benefits to remounting skis?
You can adjust the ski to your preference:
- A ski that is too stable and hard to turn can be corrected by remounting into a more forward position to make turning easier.
- A ski that is too responsive can be remounted further back for more stability.
- If you’re a powder skier and not finding enough flotation, moving the bindings rearward will offer greater float.
Kids Skis: We love watching our kids grow but that also means that they’re feet grow with them. But just because their feet grow doesn’t mean they need new skis. Sometimes a simple adjustment to the bindings will accommodate a boot one size larger but anything beyond that will require that you remount the skis – beats buying a whole new pair of sticks, right?
Used Skis: If you purchase a pair of used skis, you can have them remounted to accommodate your boot size.
Are there downsides to remounting skis?
No. Well, not really. As long as they are remounted correctly, there is no downside.
Can I remount my skis on my own?
You can BUT we highly, highly, highly, highly recommend that you DO NOT! While the process itself seems somewhat simple, a trained and certified professional will know how and where to drill the new holes, fill in used holes and perform a full safety check.
Again, do not do this on your own.
Doesn’t remounting mean my skis will have holes in them?
Wherever you take your skis to be remounted, they will fill in the holes.
It’s common for them to use plugs, epoxies or glue. While there is some debate as to the best method, we believe ABS Plugs work best. These plugs are flexible, durable and won’t become stiff or brittle in low temperatures.
ABS Plugs ensure that the holes are filled completely and remain waterproof. This is important! Holes not filled correctly can offer a whole host of problems. Core rot to a water-logged wood or foam core to even freezing water swelling up the interior of the ski can be some of the major problems with holes not being filled correctly.
Is remounting common?
Remounting skis are more common with kids and teenagers due to their growing feet but it’s not very common with adults.
Finally, how many times can I remount my skis?
You can remount skis as many times as you want however your skis only have so much space on them.
In order to keep the integrity of the skis intact, a professional will ensure that there is the required 1cm from the center of one hole to another. Anything closer than 1cm will increase the likelihood of the screws coming out.
I hope this provided you with all the information you need on creating a decision on whether it’s best to remount your skis. Just remember that if you decide to remount your skis that you have them done professionally.