Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
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.