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.

Everything you’ve questioned about remounting your skis:

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Skis Being Remounted

What are the big benefits of remounting your skis? 

  • 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.

Remounted Skis

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.

Happy Skiing!

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15 Comments on FAQs About Remounting Your Skis

  1. Vitor Mota
    December 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello i have a pair o f brand new, elan vidia exar 2014 model, but the bindings are missing, the previous owner lost it but the skis still remain a rail binding where the bindings would fit. I can’t figure whats the correct binding to fit in the rail.
    i have some photos.
    anyone can help me?

    Reply
    • Kate Jurcak
      December 4, 2017 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

      Hey there! Our ski specialist Adam will be here in about 45 minutes. I will give him your email and he will be in contact with you sometime today 🙂

      Reply
    • Adam Prisciandaro
      June 13, 2018 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      Finding a system binding when not purchased with the ski is nearly impossible. You may want to check ebay for a used ski with the binding, then pirate the binding off of that ski.

      Reply
  2. San
    June 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m thinking of buying used skis. Do I have to consider the ski’s binding position if I don’t want to re-mount the bindings? Suppose if I wear size 8 boots, but the skis I’m looking at had a user who wore size 10.5 boots. I understand I’ll have to adjust the bindings to fit my boots, but are the bindings automatically in the correct position or is it likely they will have to be repositioned? Assume the size 10.5 skier and size 8 skiier are identical skiiers in terms of skill.

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    • Adam Prisciandaro
      June 13, 2018 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

      Typically you can adjust a binding one size larger or smaller without having to re-drill the binding. If you are moving two sizes the binding will most likely need to be remounted. You can drill a ski up to 3 times without compromising the integrity of the ski.

      Reply
  3. Paul
    September 13, 2018 at 5:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, I recently bought a pair of Blizzard Brahmas and a set of Marker Jester bindings. The shop mounted them for me but they didn’t use any glue in the holes. I’m considering remounting the bindings into the same holes with wood glue to prevent water getting into the wood core. I’d like some expert advice on whether this is necessary or would the process potentially weaken the holes? Thanks in advance 🙂

    Reply
    • Brendan Michell
      October 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Paul,
      It is not necessary to use glue, although it does help a lot with waterproofing and keeping the screws in the skis. If you feel comfortable, you can normally just back the screws out, use some wood glue, and put them back in. You must be extremely careful reinstalling, because you can damage the holes. I would recommend going back to the shop and having them do it for you, just in case.

      Reply
  4. Craig
    October 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm (2 years ago)

    I have Rossignol Sassy7 Pro skis with Look Kid-X System bindings for my growing daughter. She is currently in a 128cm ski. I just found the same exact flat ski in a 140cm. When she is ready for the 140s, can the system binding be removed from her old skis and mounted on the new ones? I would prefer to stick with a system binding because then we can adjust it to her ever changing boot size and no have to redrill the skiis.

    Reply
    • Brendan Michell
      October 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Craig,
      Although you will be able to remove the track from the 128s, there are no jigs, templates, or alignment guides for remounting them, as that is normally done at the factory. So you will not be able to remount the track on the new skis.

      Reply
  5. WillT
    October 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm (2 years ago)

    HI,
    I removed and sent in my Salomon bindings for replacement due to a defect (Salomon STH2 13). They were replaced w/the same model but a year newer.

    If the screw holes line-up, can I just screw them back on? Do I need to use a special glue or ‘lock-tite’ to secure them? I don’t want to move the bindings forward or back on the ski as they’re fine ‘as is’.

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Brendan Michell
      October 17, 2018 at 3:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Will,
      The holes will more than likely line up, and you should be able to just screw them back on. I would use wood glue to help seal the holes, and be extremely careful about reusing the holes, as putting the screw in unevenly could damage the holes. You will need to reset the release settings, which if you are uncomfortable with, I would just take the setup and your boots to your local shop and have them do everything for you there

      Reply
  6. Megan Blash
    February 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm (1 year ago)

    I was gifted a pair of skis that still have life left in them but I was told by a local shop that they are in need of new bindings because the bindings are old and outdated. They suggested that it would be a better option if I am new to skiing to continue to rent for now until I am ready to just purchase new skis and bindings rather than spend the money on new bindings for the old skis that they say will probably only last a bit longer. The skis are about 5 years old but were only used a handful of times. Just looking for a second opinion before I make a decision on what to do. TIA

    Reply
    • Brendan Michell
      February 19, 2019 at 9:04 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Megan!
      So there is a chance as well that the skis you were gifted are not suitable for your skill level, which even though they are relatively unused, will then just make them the wrong ski for you (hard to say no to free though!). If they are a good ski for your skill level, then $150-$200 for a new binding is not a bad way to go about having your own setup. There is a chance though that if the binding and ski were bought together, and the binding is too old to be worked on, then you are actually looking at an 8-10+ year old pair of skis and I would recommend listening to the shop, because the technology and design has changed so much, that a rental is going to be better for you than skis that old. I hope this helps!

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  7. Carlos Renteria
    March 12, 2019 at 2:46 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello,

    I’m excited to have purchased my first set of skis but I am having difficulty adjusting the bindings with my boots. I realize I should take them to a tech but I wont be able to do it until the end of the month and I only have 2 weeks to make any exchanges on the skis/bindings. I need to know if I am setting them wrong or my bindings were inappropriately installed.

    My set of boots are Salomon Quest Access Custom Heat Ski Boots 27.5/ BSL is 318

    My skis are 2017-18 Elan Amphibio 84 Ti 176 cm Skis with Axium 120 Bindings

    I adjusted the bindings to the BSL of 318 and you can see right away (from the photo) that the boot wont fit in, it is short by 1.5″.

    I ended up setting them up to Toe 328-340 and Heal 348 and this allowed the boot to fit but at a different settings.
    I recreated the same thing with a different ski boot at 308 mm and still had the same issue.

    What am I doing wrong?

    I would appreciate it if you could guide me and give me some feedback.

    Thank you for your assistance,

    Carlos R.

    Boots wont fit bindings

    Reply
    • Brendan Michell
      March 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Carlos!

      I unfortunately cannot see your picture, but normally that ski came with an ELS 11 binding mounted on it. I’m going to shoot you an email to see if I can help you out.

      Reply

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