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post #31 of 35

Just to be clear.  I generally get the skis tuned professionally, including setting the base angle.   Then I use the following edge angle guide




Along with files as needed and coarse and fine diamond stones to keep the side edges sharp.


I do not shapen the base, I always sharpen the side edge, and I only once noticed a burr, an obvious burr after using a file, which I removed and then resharpened with stones.


Maybe I have no ski ability, and maybe my skis are "unskiable", but I guess after 30 years of skiing 0.5-2 and 0.5 -3 razor sharp edges, and seldom any problems with a bur I got used to it. On the other hand, my daughter seemed to have no trouble skiing the skis I prepared for her and she has little experience.  th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #32 of 35
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It does now make sense (I thought about it), that it would be impossible to sharpen the base edges after they were set... doing this would--at the very least--mess up the integrity of the base, and would at most over-bevel the base.  You couldn't remove metal from the base edge "again" and get clean performance.


But then that raises the question:  How often (ideally) should you get a stone grind???  And, how many times can a ski be stone-ground before it is done?   I know it's been said "once a season."  I don't know if this is enough for those of us with 50 days?



post #33 of 35

I generally get all my skis stone ground at the start of the season and then maintain them by hand for the rest of the year.  If I was anal about it (like the 'old days') and wanted to maintain the base structure, I would get it done more often, but once a year works for me these days because I do a good job of maintaining them.  If the bases are maintained and you don't do any serious damage to the edges, then the stone grinding won't remove much base and edge and you don't need to worry too much.  If you've banged them up and haven't maintained them, then the tech will need to grind them deeper.

post #34 of 35
I only get my skis stone ground if I see they need it. As far as base edge, I run my base edge tool to knock off any metal that may have gotten pushed down as a result of the side edge making contact with a rock. I don't go crazy because I don't want to make the base edge concave or start to infringe into the bases.
post #35 of 35


Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

When I'm freeskiing as of late I feel like I have to tilt WAY over to engage edge (this is a relative concept... I am NOT a beginner, so don't posit this).  This is even with custom footbeds, a good shell fit, and when two bootfitters (and one from a reputable shop out west) told me alignment was good.


Wondering if I can get more of the "bite" and "response" I want by taking my skis down to 0.5 base bevel?  If so, am I risking my safety?


I am aware there is 0.7, but my current tool doesn't do this.  Then again, I'm going to trash that and get better tuning supplies/files/file guides next season (when the change will apply).


Anyway, just wanting to get an idea if I should try 0.5, what to expect, and safety issue to be aware of.  This will be for freeskiing and recreational mini-GS racing (NASTAR).


I have skied ranging from .5 to 1.5 base bevels and I really cant notice the difference in edge grip in carving turns, I can just notice how much easier the 1.5 skis are to pivot.


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