Updated: Jun 29, 2021
Ramp is a term used for how the difference in the height of the toe versus the heel. Ramp is a factor with ski bindings, boot soles, and inside the ski boot. While most skiers only require up to moderate changes, sometimes much larger changes are needed. When the issue with how the skier works with the boots, we usually try to keep the modification to the boots.
While most bindings are setup from the factory to have between 0 and 4mm of heel lift, we do occasionally run into bindings that have significantly more heel lift - sometimes as much as 13mm. Such large amounts can play havoc with your balance. If you are having issues with your bindings stock ramp setting, we can adjust the ramp of most flat mounted bindings (screwed into the ski, not slid onto a plate) by adding shims and longer screws.
Signs of excessive ramp are feeling like you get stuck on your toes (or even shins), and have great difficulty getting out of this position. This stance often causes a great amount of leg fatigue, and is likely to be worse on flat terrain and waiting on lift lines.