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Flattening out the tails of the skis.

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While my ski heart is in the Austrian Alps (grew up right next to them and got to ski there a bit) I'm stuck here in the Midwest (USA).   Luckily I have a small hill to ski near by but not much in regards to ski shops.  So having to maintain skis for 4 people I started waxing them myself last season.  This season I'm planning to tune them in order to maintain the edges.  Only one set of skis are new (although cheap).  The other ones are used and well loved.  My skis are probably the worst and that's where my question is.

 

The tail end of my skis are concave, where the edges are much higher than the middle.  This spreads about one and a half foot from the tail forward, worst being near the tail end.  Seeing that the new skis are perfectly flat there and I have a hell of a time scraping the wax off there I was wondering if I could/should flatten them out there.  I ponder about taking a file to it or to fill the area with P-Tex.  Any suggestions or opinions?

 

BTW, I do have the tools for the base and edge bevels.

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Most cap skis are like this, especially the kids/lower-priced models. Depending on the severity, your best solution is to get them stone ground.  Chances are, they will never be flat.  Do not fill them with p-tex.  Is the skier finding it difficult to turn?  If so,  you can apply a more generous base bevel (1.25 or 1.5 degree) in the tip/tail areas, that will help with hookiness.

 

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While my ski heart is in the Austrian Alps (grew up right next to them and got to ski there a bit) I'm stuck here in the Midwest (USA).   Luckily I have a small hill to ski near by but not much in regards to ski shops.  So having to maintain skis for 4 people I started waxing them myself last season.  This season I'm planning to tune them in order to maintain the edges.  Only one set of skis are new (although cheap).  The other ones are used and well loved.  My skis are probably the worst and that's where my question is.

 

The tail end of my skis are concave, where the edges are much higher than the middle.  This spreads about one and a half foot from the tail forward, worst being near the tail end.  Seeing that the new skis are perfectly flat there and I have a hell of a time scraping the wax off there I was wondering if I could/should flatten them out there.  I ponder about taking a file to it or to fill the area with P-Tex.  Any suggestions or opinions?

 

BTW, I do have the tools for the base and edge bevels.


Here is another option you can do at home.

 

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That didn't take long.
post #5 of 6
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Sounds like I should just leave it as is. 

 

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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

Here is another option you can do at home.

 

I guess I need a diamond scraper. :)   My scraper would just scrape more out of the middle.

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Originally Posted by CornCarver View Post
 

Sounds like I should just leave it as is. 

 

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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

Here is another option you can do at home.

 

I guess I need a diamond scraper. :)   My scraper would just scrape more out of the middle.


Any way you do it, grind, or scrape, it will help.   Good luck.

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