It's really simple:
- Rule #1: Never ski on an untuned ski.
- Rule #2. Never ski on a ski that somebody else has tuned. I don't trust machine tunes, and I definitely don't trust somebody else's hand tune. I don't care if it's a Wintersteiger or some other machine, always check the results before you go out and ski on them. I've rarely seen a machine tune that didn't require some additional work. The idea of a machine tune, for me, is to get a ski that's considerably off back to close to where you want it. Then you have to finesse the final 10%.
- Rule #3. Learn how to tune your own skis, and do it religiously. You've got people giving you all kinds of advice about the specific tune for your specific skis, and it may or may not work for you. Atomic, which I ski on exclusively, recommends a 1/3 bevel for everything. I've found that works great for me. Other racers use .5/4 for SL, 1/3 for GS, and 2/4 for DH. You have to figure out, largely through experimentation, what works for you. If you don't know what else to do, go with a 1/3. As far as edge sharpness, detuning, all individual preference. I like razor sharp on hard ice, but this winter especially, we've had, if we're lucky, hard snow as opposed to hard ice in the Rockies, even on our courses, and so razor sharp is definitely grabby, and needs to be detuned with a Gummi stone or similar.
Beyond that, a race ski is not gonna ski like an all mountain ski, so you need clean technique...on either, but especially on a race ski. But first figure out if the tune is right...and additionally, that your boots are set up right, before you go looking at technique.
Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski
Volkl Racetiger GS, Ladies 180 cm. The ski shop told me 0/0, and the guy sounded like he was sure.