Originally Posted by lott42
Thanks for the quick reply's everybody :o)
How about edges?? In normal general ski use(no rock gouging etc.) should edges be sharpened once a ski season(for me a ski season is about 15 days a year)??
I don't know that my definitions are correct but this is how it works in my head. YMMV. I view edge maintenance is three categories:
Set - This is done at the time of a base grind and is the foundation work. It is when you set your edges to 1/3, 1/2 or whatever you preference/needs are. Side edges can be set without a base grind in instances where the base was set properly but the shop gave you a 1/2 instead of the 1/3 you asked for. I typically have this done once a year on my everyday skis. Might skip a year on skis that haven't seen much use. Done by machine.
Sharpened - Is pretty much the same as set, but again assumes the base and base edge are fine. I usually end up doing this on skis that have been neglected for whatever reason or after damage has happened. Done using a file, followed up by polishing. See next definition.
Polished - This is done every time you wax (or at least almost every time). I use the diamond stones in varying grits to get rid of any blemishes they have happened while skiing. If I notice a bad spot from damage, I'll re-sharpen. Done by diamond stones and a file if needed.
I ski about 50-60 days a year for a point of reference.
Many, many moons ago, I was in charge of a golf course on a Marine base (hated it - I don't golf). What I learned was there are several different machines for different lengths of grass for different areas; fairway, green, rough, crown, etc. All a different length and schedule (I think greens were daily, crown was every other day etc). All machines cut one length only - no adjustables.
I think of my edges as the Greens. I want them to behave exactly the same way each day in the same way golfers want the green to have the same characteristics each day (without all the whining though). The only way for that to happen is to make sure they are in the same condition each day.
Edited by L&AirC - 10/9/12 at 9:31am