How To Snowboard Tips : How to Set Up Your Snowboard Bindings with Danny Kass
If you want to set up your snowboard bindings correctly, your stance on a snowboard should be about shoulder width, with approximately 15 degrees of angle on your front binding and around 0 degrees in the back. Experiment and find what’s most comfortable for you, in the end it’s individual preference.
What Bindings to Use
The majority of bindings and boards have standardized mounting systems, and almost all bindings are are compatible. However, there are mounting variations most commonly found on Burton boards known as ICS, or The Channel System, as well as their proprietary three-hole mounting pattern. That being said, the vast majority of major binding manufacturers provide disks that allow mounting to any type of mounting system out there. If ever unsure, consult a local shop, or contact the binding manufacturer to see if they can send you the right disks to use, or guide you through the process.
What You’ll Need to Mount Your Snowboard Bindings
- #3 Phillips Screwdriver
- Measuring Tape (optional)
- Instructions that came with your bindings (also optional, but helpful)
How to Mount Snowboard Bindings Steps
- Choose a pair of bindings that fit your foot size and riding style.
- All binding companies will have size charts available to make sure you can get dialed in correctly.
- Make sure your right binding is in the front of the board, and the left binding is in the back.
- Determine your stance width.
- It should be comfortable and generally a bit wider than your shoulders.
- You can also use the distance from your kneecap to your heel for a standard stance width.
- If you’re unsure of where to start, try the board’s reference stance first.
- The reference stance is a suggested spot to mount your bindings that come marked on most snowboards.
- Find your hardware packet which will contain your mounting disks, screws, and washers.
- Place your disks in the bindings and begin to dial in your angles.
- Rotate the disks so that the reference arrows on the outside of the binding ring line up with the desired degrees references on the mounting disk.
- To start, we suggest mounting your front binding with 15 degrees of positive angle.
- This is a basic starting point, and it helps open your hips for initiating turns.
- Mount your back binding at 0 degrees.
- To keep your bindings in place while you mount them, put one screw and washer in opposite corners of the disk mounting holes and tighten about a quarter of the way
- This will ensure your binding stays centered over the holes while you add the final two screws and washers
- Hand tighten all bolts with a #3 Phillips screwdriver until you feel a strong resistance.
- We don’t advise using a power drill, since it can potentially over tighten your bolts and damage the base of your snowboard.
- If you want to ride park, make sure you center the stance on the board and add a bit of negative angle on the back binding.
- This creates a favorable stance for riding switch, known as a “duck” stance.
- As you progress, you can start to experiment with different mounting preferences
- Set your entire stance back from centered position to create a longer nose and give more float for powder days.
- As you progress, experiment with your stance and find what's comfortable--more angle, less angle, wider, narrower, etc.
- Each adjustment you make is designed to fit your riding style to the board and to the conditions.
More How-To Snowboarding Videos and Information
You can get a copy of the entire 20 Tricks “FunDuhMentals” instruction video series in the iTunes store by clicking the link below. This three-part series covers board setup, what to know before you drop, and the top 12 basic tricks that will help progress your riding. Learn all the snowboarding basics from some of the biggest pros including Danny Kass, Jack Mitrani, Kevin Pearce, Pat Moore, Dan Brisse, and Louif Paradis.