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I'm an intermediate skier, in the north east, skiing about a dozen times a year. I'm looking for a simple guide or set of instructions explaining how to take care of my skis. I'm not looking for perfect performance every time, I just want my skis to last as many years as possible.

 

My skis are this year's model of Head Rev 80. Skied twice already, have not waxed or sharpened other than what the manufacturer may have done. What I was thinking was to have them waxed and sharpened halfway through the season, then again at the end of the season in addition to getting the bases resurfaced. Is this good enough?

 

Then what about storing for the summer? Is it necessary to have a thick layer of wax applied? If so, do you still do a regular waxing before? Then at the beginning of the season, the storage wax is removed, and is the real wax then applied? What about the DIN setting? Can I loosen it to the smallest value myself, using a screwdriver?

 

What about after every time I ski? Currently, I'm wiping off as much snow as I can before putting them in the car, but this is mostly to prevent the car trunk to get all wet. I then leave them out overnight to dry. Should I wipe them down with a damp cloth to clean and dry them sooner to prevent rusting or anything else?

 

Am I missing anything?

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Originally Posted by nemesis256 View Post
 

I'm an intermediate skier, in the north east, skiing about a dozen times a year. I'm looking for a simple guide or set of instructions explaining how to take care of my skis. I'm not looking for perfect performance every time, I just want my skis to last as many years as possible.

 

My skis are this year's model of Head Rev 80. Skied twice already, have not waxed or sharpened other than what the manufacturer may have done. What I was thinking was to have them waxed and sharpened halfway through the season, then again at the end of the season in addition to getting the bases resurfaced. Is this good enough?

 

Then what about storing for the summer? Is it necessary to have a thick layer of wax applied? If so, do you still do a regular waxing before? Then at the beginning of the season, the storage wax is removed, and is the real wax then applied? What about the DIN setting? Can I loosen it to the smallest value myself, using a screwdriver?

 

What about after every time I ski? Currently, I'm wiping off as much snow as I can before putting them in the car, but this is mostly to prevent the car trunk to get all wet. I then leave them out overnight to dry. Should I wipe them down with a damp cloth to clean and dry them sooner to prevent rusting or anything else?

 

Am I missing anything?

Here is a simple set.

 

1) Just care about waxing your skis, and lightly deburring your sideedges either with a small quick edgetool or freehand with a stone if you have the guts.  You can search here for more details on how to do this yourself!   

There are also indepth articles at racewax and other ski wax/tool suppliers for how to do all these things.  

 

Pay for a shop to do a full edge/wax tuneup once a season (if needed) and perhaps basegrind if needed; until you have mastered these basics and done your homework.  This depends on what kind of wear you put on in your season.  
Search for discounts on tune services, especially early season/late season.  Many places have 50% off or even other tune deals early in the season if you look out for them

 

 

2) Don't worry about summer until summer comes around, but your questions have been asked and answered here before.  search for it

 

3) Get a big towel; use that to wipe down your skis, this is mainly to keep rust from forming on the edges.  It doesn't have to be perfect.   You can also get yourself a ski bag, that will help to keep your trunk dry.  It is also somewhat respectful to use a ski bag.  Should you need to ride with someone else, you won't bang up their vehicle with your skis (and vice versa, bang up your skis on their vehicle).


Edited by raytseng - 12/1/13 at 12:28am
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Here's something for starters.

http://www.epicski.com/t/123300/getting-the-right-edge-work-down

 

 

Read in this forum, it's all here.

 

Make a list of what you think you need and places to buy from. Then ask more questions if you need.

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