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post #1 of 10
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Does any real racer (world cup / olympic) ever sharpen his / her skis all the way from tip to tail without detuning part way down from the shovel and part way up from the tail ?

post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Powderdog View Post

Does any real racer (world cup / olympic) ever sharpen his / her skis all the way from tip to tail without detuning part way down from the shovel and part way up from the tail ?

 

No, the real racers at WC or OWG level have service techs to do that for them.wink.gif

 

post #3 of 10

They do not detune their skis. Their edges are sharp from contact point to contact point...... Tip to tail......

post #4 of 10

Yes, skis are detuned, but not aggressively. A quick light pass with a fine diamond for the first few inches and the last couple.

post #5 of 10

contact-to-contact is NOT THE SAME as tip to tail.  On either end there are several inches where there is no contact, but there is edge.   As I read the OP's question, he is basically asking about that area. 
 

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Originally Posted by andy4g63 View Post

They do not detune their skis. Their edges are sharp from contact point to contact point...... Tip to tail......

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

contact-to-contact is NOT THE SAME as tip to tail.  On either end there are several inches where there is no contact, but there is edge.  


 

 

True, but does it matter?

 

In any 3D scenario where the tipmost and tailmost sections of edge are in contact with snow, well.. haven't we merely shifted the definition of "contact to contact" to include those sections of edge?

 

post #7 of 10

Well, to answer OP's question exceptionally literally, I don't know anyone (including WC skiers and their techs) who bothers sharpening the edge beyond where it makes contact with the snow. In the bags of skis for top level WC skiers there are tons of skis for each of their disciplines. There may be some athletes who like some detuning or who have some skis for a specific course detuned but from what I have been told by a former head tech for the US womens' ski team (technical), there is generally no detuning and the edges are set and sharpened contact point to contact point, which is generally (if not 100% accurately) called tip to tail.

post #8 of 10

It is common to round off the shovel ahead of the contact area on SL skis to reduce the possibility of slicing into the gate if you catch it with the tip on an extremely aggressive line.

post #9 of 10

For the average skier, you should not de-tune a shaped ski. I don't know of any racer that de-tunes thier skis either.

 

 Who cares about the area that doesn't contact the snow, leave it alone. Go find something else to play with.

post #10 of 10

Personal preference.words.gif

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