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Whaf if i neglected my skis for the off-season?

post #1 of 10
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I got a newbie question for you guys.   Call me a gaper if you want, i don't care :)   What if i didn't take care of my skis at the end of last season?  They have not been waxed after my last day, they have just been sitting in the corner against a wall in my room since last march.  No maintenance for the off-season.  Another thing, i didn't change my DIN and i heard that's a bad thing and they should be put at 0 for the off-season (they're only at 6.5 though, i'm no expert and just coming back to ski after a 15 years break). 

 

They were new skis i bought last winter, only skied them for 6 days.  I checked the edges carefully and there's no rust but of course the base looks a bit dry, since there was no waxing.   Am i in trouble, or just a good tune-up at a skishop i trust and i'll be ready to go? 

 

Just as a background reference, i'm sking east so i'm not seing a lot of powder, mostly hardpack and ice.  I'll be back on the slopes in a few weeks.     

post #2 of 10

Nothing wrong with leaving DIN where it should be. Check the edges for rust, if no rust and they are sharp, just wax the skis and you are good to go.

post #3 of 10

I "know better", but I didn't put summer wax on the last two seasons, but like you they were kept in a dry area.  I just do an extra bit of hot scraping and brushing at the start of this season and they are fine.  Frankly, for you, since you don't do your own tuning, depending on how much and what kind of snow you had at the end of the season, a good brushing might be enough.  Sure the waxing is better, but don't go getting them stone ground or anything.  IMO, they are barely skied.  If you feel better about it, get them waxed and the edges polished and that should be enough.  

post #4 of 10
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Thanks guys, really appreciated!  Yeah they are barely skied, but i can't say anymore they are brand new out-of-the-factory smile.gif   No i'm not doing my own tuning....yet.  I know it can be fairly easy, but at the same time that's an art. Since i just came back to skiing after a long pause, i'm not there yet.  I prefer to get them done by a professional, at least for this year. 

 

I will probably go for the waxing and edges polishing, i will feel better smile.gif

post #5 of 10

Depending on where and when you skied last, your bases may be dirty. I end the season in the east in April and my skis are always very dirty at the end of the last trip. If you are getting them waxed and you skied in warm melting weather, ask the shop to do an extra hot scrape. I usually do 2 or 3 hot scrapes after the season ending trip.

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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

Depending on where and when you skied last, your bases may be dirty. I end the season in the east in April and my skis are always very dirty at the end of the last trip. If you are getting them waxed and you skied in warm melting weather, ask the shop to do an extra hot scrape. I usually do 2 or 3 hot scrapes after the season ending trip.

 

My last day was in Stoneham, a small hill near Quebec city.  It was around mid-march.  It was warm, but not that much.  Anyways, i'm going to my favorite ski shop tomorrow and i'll explain my concerns to the tech.  I'll keep your suggestions in mind and i'll know if he's trying to fool me biggrin.gif

post #7 of 10

no worries, get them some flowers, take them out for dinner and don't forget to comment on how nice they look.  you'll be fine. icon14.gif

 

 

 

ok- if the edges are burred, take them to a good shop and have a basic tune done; edges to 2 side, 1 base (unless you have another preference) and have them waxed. You should be in good shape.  it should be no more than 30-40 and you won't have to worry that ski's will make you sleep on the couch.

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no worries, get them some flowers, take them out for dinner and don't forget to comment on how nice they look.  you'll be fine. icon14.gif


I second this. As others have said, I know better, I usually do put storage wax on my skis, but I didn't do that before last season and the skis were just fine. I did wax them before using them though (maybe 3 or 4 times biggrin.gif )
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no worries, get them some flowers, take them out for dinner and don't forget to comment on how nice they look.  you'll be fine. icon14.gif

 

 

 

Haha that's what i call an healthy relationship between the skier and his gear roflmao.gif

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Haha that's what i call an healthy relationship between the skier and his gear roflmao.gif

 

Yeah but you will be surprised who wears the boots in that relationship. wink.gif

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