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I just bought some new skis for my 6 year old, do they need any pre-season maintenance?

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I just picked up a pair of K2's for my six year old son and the salesman told me they did not need to be stripped and waxed. He stated that the factory wax and edge are just as good. Is this correct? 

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The factory put a crappy tune and wax on them so for high performance/race skis you usually should re-tune.  That being said, your 6 year old won't know the difference.

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If you want your 6 year old to enjoy the ski experience tune the skis as if they were your own. At the very least make sure the skis are flat and not railed. Just because he is too young to know the difference doesn't mean he doesn't deserve safe and efficient equipment.

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But that factory wax won't last long; it could be gone in a day.  Waxing the ski will protect your investment if you plan to keep the ski for a long time.  If you don't want to invest in tuning equipment, get a paste wax for under $10 and it becomes trivial.  Enjoy.
 

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I just picked up a pair of K2's for my six year old son and the salesman told me they did not need to be stripped and waxed. He stated that the factory wax and edge are just as good. Is this correct? 



 

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Also remember to tune his skis when you have yours tuned. Kids need shape edges too.

 

If your going to be skiing a lot. You should begin to tune your own skis. It's easier then it looks.

 

You will never get a poorly tuned ski from a shop ever again. I touch mine up after every ski day with a moonflex stone and wax about 3-4 ski day's. My 3-4,5 y/o skis still ski great.

 

 

 

 

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The kid is 6.  What kind if skier is the child?  I'd just make sure that the edges and base are flush with no hanging burrs.-maybe even a VERY SLIGHT de-tune to make them easier to disengage  Unless the kid is a real prodigy I wouldn't worry about dialing the wax in perfectly.  If fact, I'd recommend just rubbing on some not so perfect wax to slow then down a tad if they are beginners.  Let them do it and tell them it will make them super duper fastyahoo.gif LOL!  Just be sure they have their gloves on so they don't cut themselvescool.gif


Edited by crgildart - 11/16/11 at 9:44am
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