I just got my skis back from the shop today and I can't say I'm all that impressed with the work. I also think I'll be tuning a few times per season easily. 6 days on a new tune and they were needing some love. I'm thinking I could either spend lots of time and money looking for a good shop and dropping 30 bucks every time + the trip or I can learn to do this myself on my own time. I've always worked on my own bicycles and motorcycles...why not skis? It kinda seems like fun anyway.
I just don't know where to start. This is only my 2nd season skiing, so it's not like I grew up around it. It's all still a bit of an adventure.
I was hoping to solicit some advice on where to get started. I've made a sort of equipment list from reading on the subject a bit, but the product and tool choices are a bit dizzying. I was hoping to put some product names and specific tool types with the categories:
Clamps or something to hold skis (I'll probably need to fab something together - I'm thinking wood jigs at this point)
Anything big I left out? I have a pretty good tool collection, but nothing specific to this type of job.
I only own one pair of skis now - Volkl AC-30 (2009?), but hope to add a set of powder skis sometime this season. I really dig 'em, so I suspect they'll be around for a while. I'll probably only be working on skis - no boards. I'm also tinkering with the idea of picking up a set of wrecked skis for practice...good idea?
Thanks in advance!