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What do I really need to know about keeping my skis in shape?

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Hey Folks,

 

     I have been reading various threads here and elsewhere on the internet about ski tuning and waxing. I am a new skier, just started skiing last year. So far, I've only skied and took lessons at a small local ski hill. I bought a pair of atomic smoke nomad 2012 skis at levelnine. From what I understand, the skis have a thin coat of wax from the factory. I plan on having my skis hot waxed by a local shop before the season starts. My question is, do I have to have them waxed every 2-3 days of skiing? Can I use a liquid wax at home in between shop hot waxes? If I do this, how many days can I ski before I have to have them shop waxed and tuned? I ski in the northeast. Should I just bite the bullet and invest in a waxing iron and scraper? Should I pay the shop to do a full tune before I ski them or should I just have at it with the factory tune? Sorry for all the questions, lots to learn!

post #2 of 7

There are no hard and fast rules about wax consumption.  Under certain conditions wax can be gone in a day, especially with the wrong wax (warm rated on a very cold day).  Do your hot waxings, keep an eye on the base to make sure it's not drying out (gray color) and use a paste/liquid inbetween hot waxing.  Get a feel for it by observation then decide how far you want to got with the DIY.  DIY is pretty easy after you get the hang of it and you will save a lot in the long run.

 

Good Luck,

Marc

post #3 of 7
You're in Albany? Where do you ski (as in: which mountain?)
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Yep, near Albany. So far, I've only skied maple ski ridge. I plan on skiing alot more places this year and slowly work my way up to the larger places. On my short list is Butternut, Oak Mountain, West Mountain and Hunter Mountain.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Marc,
Thank you for the info! Was just looking over your racewax website. I have decided to just let the shop do the hot wax for me for now. I think I will invest in a waxing iron a little later in the season. As far as using the liquid/paste waxes what tools do I need? I'm guessing I'm going to need a base polishing cloth and a cork? Do I need to use a brush?
post #6 of 7
All-conditions shop waxes will tend to be softer and less durable than what you will want on the cold days. Make sure you have something in your wax box that will stand up to really cold man-made snow.
post #7 of 7

sometimes factory tunes are good, sometimes they need a grind right out of the wrapper. A true bar will help you identify which type your ski is.  IF not, take them out -- if they ski like crap get them tuned.

 

As for waxing, its all in how big of a perfectionist that you are.

 

My brother was a successful highschool racer. After graduation, he had over 30+ days on his skis without tuning them or waxing them. He still skiied better than 95% of the people on the hill.

 

For racing, I wax every 1-2 days out. For rec, I'll generally wax and tune when I feel like I've lost performance -- usually 3-5 days out. On long road trips, I usually tune and wax once or twice (10+ days of skiing).

 

Your bases will turn greyish especially towards the edges first when your bases get very dry.

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Waxing is easy. Tuning is what takes a lot of time and money -- diamond stones are $$$.

 

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