Mounting & Remounting Your Ski Bindings: FAQ’s

by Simon Naylor | Updated On: April 27th, 2020
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Mounting skis is when you attach bindings (the device that holds your ski boots) to your skis whereas remounting means moving or replacing your skis bindings on your skis.

If you want to stand further back or forward on your skis you may want to consider remounting. You can remount your skis several times, but each remounting point should be at least 8mm from the last hole to provide the screws with the necessary strength. 

ski bindings

Ski Bindings

Reasons To Remount Your Ski?

There are two main reasons you might want to remount your skis, either you’re growing a boot size or you’d like to change the position of how your stand on your skis; to improve your performance in different snow conditions or a different skiing stance.

1. Reasons to move bindings forward:
2. Reasons to move bindings backward:
3. Reasons to move bindings either way:

Source: Skis.com 

How Many Times Can I Remount My Skis?

Most professionals would recommend not remounting a ski more than 3 times. 

You can remount your skis several times, but each new mounting point should sit far enough away so that the drilled holes are at least 8mm away from the previous holes. This helps to maintain the structural integrity of the ski and prevents screws from coming loose.

This means that each time you remount your skis you have less room to put your bindings, which means there is a technical upper limit for remounting your skis (depending on the ski length and the size of the bindings.

The more you remount your skis, the more you reduce its integrity. In reality, mounting twice will NOT be a problem and the ski can easily handle this.

Can I Remount My Own Skis?

It’s possible, but unless you know what you’re doing your just as likely to destroy your new skis and be a danger to yourself.

I’d strongly recommend taking your skis to a ski shop to get the bindings professionally fitted. Not only are your bindings going to be more precisely positioned but you’re less likely to endanger yourself on the slopes.

If you want a DIY project, try it on an old pair of skis first and get them safety checked by a professional before riding them. Without the right tool your holes can either be not deep enough or too deep which can result in protruding pimples on the base of the ski.

If you’re interested in learning more about remounting your own skis read this DIY guide.

Will Remounting Damage My Skis?

If done correctly, absolutely not. Old holes will be filled in with waterproof plugs and covered over for a smooth finish.

If the plugs are not correctly filled int then your skis can develop core rot, where the wood or foam core will be water-logged. This is rare and won’t happen if the remount is done by a professional.

How Common is Remounting Skis?

Moving bindings and remounting on skis is a common practice. Most common for growing children who want to keep the same skis or adults looking to change their position on the ski.

How Much Does It Cost To Mount Skis?

The final cost will depend on the ski shop & the prices in the area, but here is a typical price list you can expect.

Data source: Evo Seattle, U.S

Data source: Ellis Brigham

Many ski shops will mount your bindings for free or at a discount if you buy bindings or skis from the shop.

Also, some local ski shops will offer discounts to those with season passes at the resort.

If I Buy Used Skies, Do I Need To Remount The Bindings?

If you buy used skis then remounting may be something you need to do depending on how different your boot size is compared with the skis previous owner.

Typically you can adjust ski bindings one size larger or one size smaller without have to re-drill holes.

If you’re moving two sizes or more then you’ll likely need to remound the bindings and move them backward or forward so you’re standing the optimum position for your size.

My Child is Growing a Boot Size, Can I Remount a Kids Ski?

Yes, if your child is moving up by one boot size, then you should be able to make the adjustment without remounting.

If your child’s boot needs to go bigger than one boot size, then by moving the bindings they can continue to use the same set of skis.

kids ski bindings

Photo by Marcus Hansson

If I Remount My Bindings, Can I Put Them Back?

In most cases, a skilled technician will be able to unplug the old holes and re-position your bindings to where they originally sat. If in doubt. ask your ski technician.

If you want a more detailed run-through read this.

Why Should Each Hole Not Be Closer Than 8mm?

While different ski techs have their own rule of thumb. I’m using the 8mm as a result of a test carried out by Black Diamon Equipment. They drilled various holes through ski and measured the pullout strength across a range of distances.

hole distance for remounting

Data from Black Diamond Test

The found that drilling a new hole beyond 7mm from the existing hole, maintained maximum strength. Here is a link to their test if you want to read more.

Know Your DIN Release Value

After mounting bindings you’ll need to adjust the DIN value so that the skis release from the boots under the right amount of pressure – otherwise, you’re much more likely to break your leg during a fall.

The precise value depends on your boot size, weight and skiing level. Go here to calculate your DIN value.

Remounting Snowboards 🏂

ski vs snowboard bindings

It’s much easier to mount snowboard bindings because snowboards have holes already drilled into them by using different base plates you can change or adjust the position of bindings without drilling.

For a detailed guide on changing bindings on snowboards read: How to Install Snowboard Bindings

Are Ski Bindings Universal?

Read Typically, most bindings are universal as long as the type of skiing you plan on doing matches both the boots and the bindings. Readout article on ski bindings to find out bindings fit and where they do not.

Just for fun: What did old Ski Bindings look like?

old ski bindings

Vintage ski bindings from 1927, photo by Ole Husby

Final Thoughts

Remounting is possible and offered as a service at almost all ski shops with a ski servicing department. if you think your skiing might benefit from a re-mounting service, speak to an expert and get their opinion before making the change.

Simon Naylor, the founder of New To Ski, started skiing in 2005. He has continued to practice his skills and wanted to share his journey and knowledge with other new skiers. He launched New To Ski in 2018 to help first-time skiers have more fun on the slopes and get out and explore the mountains safely.