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i may be getting a pair of skis for christmas and I have no idea what to do. do I have to do some thing to the bindings? should I wax my skis before I go skiing the first time? how do I wax my skis, do I do it myself or do I take to a ski shop. which wax should I use.
 
when do I wax? before, after, during? I only ski on the weekends so what should I do to my skis during the week I'm not doing any thing? and do I wax the after the season is over? if so what kind of wax do I use? do I scrape off old wax and apply new before i go skiing after i go back skiing after 5 days or do I scrape off the skis after the season starts back up. thank you so much!
post #2 of 9

Congratulations on a new pair of skis.

 

There are lots of threads Epic that discuss your questions and a number of websites.  This link is with Kuu, a wax maker, and probably gives you much more info than you asked for.  However, it will give you an detailed overview of ski tuning basics.

 

http://www.kuu.com/tuningmanual2.pdf

 

Or have a look at the second video on this webpage

 

http://www.racewax.com/category/tuning-tips.wax-application/

 

Note that people can get very obsessed with waxingsmile.gif 

post #3 of 9

  One thing I would suggest (besides the above comment...good stuff there) that few skiers do is...wipe them down when you get home. Keep them inside at room temp if you can, also.  

 

  P.s.Wiping will help prevent rust on the edgessmile.gif

post #4 of 9

One modification to Zentune's suggestion is that I have a long drive from the ski hill so I wipe my skis before I put them in the car. I have an old towel I keep in the trunk during ski season, wipe the skis as well as I can before I load them and then hang the damp towel in my garage. It prevents those nasty rust spots on your edges that have to be removed if they develop.
 

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Originally Posted by vsirin View Post

One modification to Zentune's suggestion is that I have a long drive from the ski hill so I wipe my skis before I put them in the car. I have an old towel I keep in the trunk during ski season, wipe the skis as well as I can before I load them and then hang the damp towel in my garage. It prevents those nasty rust spots on your edges that have to be removed if they develop.
 


This is important. 

and don't ever store them in a ski bag.

post #6 of 9
and clean the snow off the topsheet n bindings when youre done skiing:))
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by genbob9 View Post

i may be getting a pair of skis for christmas and I have no idea what to do. do I have to do some thing to the bindings? should I wax my skis before I go skiing the first time? how do I wax my skis, do I do it myself or do I take to a ski shop. which wax should I use.
 
when do I wax? before, after, during? I only ski on the weekends so what should I do to my skis during the week I'm not doing any thing? and do I wax the after the season is over? if so what kind of wax do I use? do I scrape off old wax and apply new before i go skiing after i go back skiing after 5 days or do I scrape off the skis after the season starts back up. thank you so much!

Even if you do it mostly by yourself, I'LL say that the first thing to do is to find a good ski shop!

When I have a new pair:

1. I wax them a couple of time and check them overall before trying them the 1st time

2. After, I decide what will be the angles of the edges and I go at the ski shop for the 1st sharpening... Then, I just have to maintain the sharpness

3.Wax them before each use ( I use the fiberlene method) and for storage

4. At the end of the season, I also loosen the bindings settings

post #8 of 9

  Mogsie...nice fiberlene refference! Do use it while ironing, as a post-brush cleaning, or both?

post #9 of 9

I rub the wax on the ski and then proceed with the ironing but I put a piece of fiberlene under the iron. It  absorb the excedent so the brushing is then a piece of cake because you can skip the scrapping!

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