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Best shops for tuning in Summit County, CO

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this, so mods, please move it if needed.

 

I'm a skier/snowboarder in Summit County, CO.   My son is also on Team Summit.  We have a place in the mountains, but we don't have room to tune skis in our place.  It is very small.  I tried a while ago and it was just too messy or I had to work outside in the cold which didn't work out well.

 

Can anyone recommend any shops in Summit County, CO that do a good job tuning skis and snowboards?  I know all of them do it.  I was just wondering if any are better than any others?

 

Jeff

post #2 of 21

Jeff (IMHO) the best shop for ski /snowboard tunes in Summit County, Co. will be Precision Ski and Golf located ( across the street from Wal-Mart ) on hwy 9 in Frisco. World class work and highly recommended by many race teams. You might also consider building a folding tuning bench to tune at home. Many good examples can be viewed there on Epic using the search features. Hot waxing and edge sharpening at home can really be a plus to using a shop for all ski touch ups.

post #3 of 21
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Yeah.. the problem is our place is small.   Hotel room size.   I don't think there is any way to effectively keep the metal shavings and wax out of the carpet.

post #4 of 21

Jeff I lease a townhouse here in Dillon, Co. I have had good luck protecting the carpets using an old shower curtain liner laid under the folding stowaway bench. I recently upgraded the liner to a rubber treadmill mat 7' 6" by 3' found on Ebay $39. Really heavy duty and very easy to clean up after.

post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by JMD View Post

Jeff (IMHO) the best shop for ski /snowboard tunes in Summit County, Co. will be Precision Ski and Golf located ( across the street from Wal-Mart ) on hwy 9 in Frisco. World class work and highly recommended by many race teams.


They used to be the best years ago. I got 2 bad tunes in a row there 2 years ago.  One was so bad I made a few runs and bagged it for the day in disgust.  They also did some minor boot work and when I suggested the shop employee let me help re-installing the boot liner he said is wasn't a problem and installed it himself separating the wire from the heating element on my Hot Tronics. That's it for them.

 

There are many race teams that use them, and you can pretty much guarantee that either they are getting special attention or the coaches are tweaking things once the gear is back in their hands.

 

Recently I switched to Breck Sports (the one located in the Maggie Building) at the Base of the 6 passenger chair at Peak 9 in Breckenridge.  They have a Snow-well Machine there and can return the edge and base to manufactures specs or whatever you wish.  The charge for the base work (which will end up with some structure) and the edge work (which they call a minor tune) is $ 40.00.  You should be able to detune and or wax yourself and do minor touch ups on your own past that.  

post #6 of 21
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I was really looking for something more in Frisco, Silverthorne or Dillon.  We ski at Copper.  What about Virgin Island sports in Silverthorne?  Anyone used them?

 

I might try the shower curtain thing..  I'm just worried about getting stuff all over the place.

 

post #7 of 21

 

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I was really looking for something more in Frisco, Silverthorne or Dillon.  We ski at Copper.  What about Virgin Island sports in Silverthorne?  Anyone used them?

 

I might try the shower curtain thing..  I'm just worried about getting stuff all over the place.

I use a sheet so it catches the shavings and wax, FWIW.

 

My favorite place in Frisco closed when the owner retired. I've used Precision, too, and haven't had the problems that UL has had, but I'd defer to his experience (that's terrible!). FWIW, bong here on EpicSki works at Precision part time and may be able to give you some thoughts. You could try Christie's in Dillon?
 

post #8 of 21
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They used to be the best years ago. I got 2 bad tunes in a row there 2 years ago.   



This isn't the first complaint I've heard about Precision.  I don't know what happened with U.L., but my friend had several pairs of skis that ended up base high due to the stone grinder.  Apparently, stone grinding heats up the bases, which can cause them to shrink and become convex.  This means your skis will be edge high.  Preventing this requires multiple passes on the grinder, but at least in the incident I'm aware of, they got busy and the multiple passes got skipped. 

 

So the solution is to just avoid getting a grind when they are busy.  For Team Summit, that shouldn't be a problem because you aren't going to want a grind during the season anyway.  Stone grinding slows the skis down.  You need many cycles of waxing and skiing to make a ski fast.  So what you want on a regular basis is simply an edge tune and a wax.  Pretty hard to believe that Precision would scew that up.  Plus tell them you are from Team Summit and that should help ensure you get decent service as well.

 

For the record, I take my skis to Precision when I need a grind as does my friend.  He just makes sure (as mentioned above) that if he needs a grind that they have time to do it right.  But as JMD says, you really want to do your own tuning; the cost is just too prohibitive otherwise.  If your place up here is small, why not do your tuning work down there?  Just use a good hydrocarbon wax with a wide temperature range (like Maplus Race Base Medium).  If your kid is training multiple days, bring up some stones up and maybe a rub on wax that you can cork in to freshen up the bases.  If your kid gets to the point where 100ths matter, he or she will need to be tuning their own skis anyway.  Speaking of which, isn't there a ski tuning room in the Copper clubhouse?  If not, make friends with another Team Summit parent.  Chances are, somebody has a tuning bench and a waxing iron that they would let you borrow.  For that matter, I'm a Team Summit parent & if properly introduced, there is a good chance I'd let you use my bench.

post #9 of 21

Geoff, base high or edge high?  A got a grind from another Summit shop and the skis just didn't work. It was right after camp so I was blaming my new style until I took a Ski Visions tool to them and found them base high. After a few passes they skied fine again.

post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by stevesmith7 View Post

Geoff, base high or edge high?  A got a grind from another Summit shop and the skis just didn't work. It was right after camp so I was blaming my new style until I took a Ski Visions tool to them and found them base high. After a few passes they skied fine again.



Edge high was what I was told, but I could believe that there are myriad ways of screwing up a ski with a stone grinder smile.gif

post #11 of 21
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Edge high was what I was told, but I could believe that there are myriad ways of screwing up a ski with a stone grinder smile.gif



Yeah., that's more typical of a stone grind. The grinder usually takes more of the base than the edge due to the relative hardness of the materials.

 

I have had some reasonable tunes done at Christie's in Dillon.  I think Pioneer Sports in Frisco has a Crystal Glide machine.  I'd put that rig just behind the Snow-well machine in terms of the quality. I'm not sure though if the Crystal Glide machine can adjust for the proper base bevel.  That would be a question I would ask the shop for sure.

 

post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

Ok... I got some more stuff from Slidewright.   I'm going to try and do it inside of my place in the mountains.

 

I just need a plan to try and keep it clean.  I'm thinking either a blue tarp... or a king size sheet or maybe a shower curtain (not sure if this is large enough)....

 

Any other suggestions???  Floor covering?  clean up tools?

 

I really want to avoid getting stuff on the carpet or floor.  I have some dogs also, which I can kennel up when I work on this, but I don't want metal shavings on the floor or carpet.  I'm thinking the kitchen tile floor would be the best place, but there isn't much room.

 

post #13 of 21

I can't remember if it was Home Depot or Lowes, but I bought a black vinyl mat, (it has length wise grooves), in their carpet department, about 3' X 6' for about $35.  Wax doesn't stick to it so I can vacuum it up.

post #14 of 21

I had skis ground at Precision a couple of years ago.  They came out concave.  I filed them flat myself. 

 

The grinding of skis should be avoided, as much work is required to get them so they ski well (see the Swix manual for how to do it). 

post #15 of 21

Precision once charged me for a re-mount and all they did was an extreme adjustment.

post #16 of 21

 Most of my locker room colleagues use Pup's Glide Shop in Breck.  I do most of my own.

 

Before I got my Holmenkol bench, I used to use a chunk of 2X4 to mount my vises that I would clamp to the tops of a couple kitchen chairs.  When traveling, I'd use the seats of two chairs (no vises) and work on my knees.  A piece of blue tarp from Home Depot collected everything and I could close it up from the corners to trap filings/wax/etc. and haul it outside.

post #17 of 21

I too am in search of a new ski shop in Summit county.  I probably won't ever go back to Precision again, as the place has declined over the past couple of years.

post #18 of 21

I use Podium Sports in Frisco.  They are right under Backcountry Brewery and owned by 3 families that have had kids on Team Summit for years (full disclaimer, since I coach for Team Summit these families have become friends as well).  They only do skis though, no snowboards.  Sorry.  

post #19 of 21

I know you have already said you can't do it but the best tune, a tune with love and affection, is only done by yourself. Most summit shop tuners and just looking at the clock and crying about their shitty job.

 

Make a friend that has a bench in their garage maybe? 

post #20 of 21

Thanks for the ski tune tip. While the skis are getting tuned downstairs, I'll be getting tuned upstairs!  beercheer.gif

post #21 of 21

Is Racers Edge still out there around Breck ?

 

He fixed my skis back in 2001 after my season tune was...well not the best.

 

Oh look I found this.

 

http://aracersedgebreck.com/

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