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How To Mount Skis

How To Mount Skis

Take expert advice on how to mount skis. This video will talk you through about the different mountings which can be done on your ski board.

My name's Luke and I'm a member of the Snow and Rock Hemel Hempstead team. A little bit about my history, I've been skiing since the age of 5, I already got into the racing, I did a lot of ski racing in artificial ski slopes, snow domes and dry slopes across the country where I became the number 1 reigning king ski racer in England. And then I moved to snow, where I did a lot of snow racing, I had 79 first points for sliding.

From there, I moved on to the freestyle team, so skiing a lot of different types of skiing as well as big mountain, cross country, and just all the different slopes, so I can get the best feel of skiing. Today, I'm going to talk to you about mountain bindings. When it comes to mountain bindings, it's very dependent on which skis you buy.

If you get a freestyle set of skis, you'll generally get asked which point you want it mounted at. This confuses a lot of people as they don't know the different mounting points. If you have a look at the ski over here, you can see all the different mounting points from the ski.

Each mounting point will suggest a different type of skiing. We have the freeride thing which is someone that's going to be skiing on mountain and if they want to do a bit of on phase or a bit of off phase. We got schizo marker settings, which is an adjustable binding that can actually be moved backwards to the freeride or forwards to the freestyle or anywhere in between.

We also have the freestyle range which is designed for all the parts out there. Basically, this marker point is dead center of the ski. This allows the ski to spin and when you're on the air, a lot easier than normal, and it also allows you to ride backwards with any of these suggesting that you're going to re-ride outs, jumps, backwards so you can take a switch.

When it comes to mountain skis, it's very important that you have a binding that's useful for you. First of all, you need to work your din setting. Din settings are very important, din settings are the numbers that are on the front and the back of the binding, over here and on the back.

These are the release settings of the ski. It will basically determine how much pressure is needed on the binding before it releases. If this is wrong, it can cause injury and cause quite bad pains when you're older.

There are two types of mounting. We have a drill mount and a row mount. You can see the row mount has a plate and built-in to the ski, this is so when the binding is mounted into the ski, the whole ski can flex and it will not be a dead point on the ski because there's no screw joining to it.

For the drill mount, we drill right into the base, so we can get the bindings to sit where we want it to sit. When choosing which system to have, a lot of the time it's determined on which skis you buy, and most skis will come either with a row or added drill mount. Some will come of a choice, but this is very rare.

Once the bindings are on the skis, you need to make sure the forward pressure is correct on the ski and this is done differently by each binding. On mountain bindings, there's a screw at the back that needs to be adjusted, and some skis, you might have a window with a line in the middle that needs to be set in the middle or they might be an arrow that needs to be pointed to. This is very important because it also determines how you're skiing or will be released from your base.

When having your skis mounted, we always suggest come and see a professional because each binding needs to be mounted differently, each forward pressure needs to be adjusted, and it's very hard to find a chart on the internet to work out your own din settings. If this is not done correctly, you'd be in a lot of pain and it can ruin your holiday. So I definitely recommend to come and see a professional.

And this is how you mount ski bindings.