Originally Posted by Skip Cracker
This is good info. I didn't even think that there was an optimum point for wax saturation - good to know. The ski shop I just called told me it would be $21 to adjust the bindings, and $7 for a hot wax. I might just go ahead and do it if it's only $7. Are they gonna strip the old wax down first or just go directly over it?
Also, I'm not worried about the edges. Even though I'm a noob I can tell that they're pretty sharp. How long does it usually take for them to lose some of their edge? How can you tell?
they're probably just going to just wax over what you got, but that's fine.
Edges, it really depends on the conditions is how fast they wear, as well as how much loss of grip you can stand before wanting to get them sharpened.
This year, 8days of skiing on tahoe's slim man-made icy conditions in december put as much wear on my ski as 25days last season which had plenty a lot of snow.
If you're concerned about when to take your skis in, you can ask around after and get some in-person advice, either from other people you meet on the mountain who seem to know what they're talking about or at the shop. If a shop is honest they'll say your edges are fine when they are fine.
One possible measure is when you see the original factory grind pattern wear away (should be a faint diagonal pattern), or obscured from all your rock hits, then maybe it's time to consider sharpening your edges.