I've been skiing for over forty years and have had my current skis for about five years, so I pretty much know how skis feel. My husband and I took a trip to Salt Lake City last week, and since I hadn't had my skis tuned for awhile, we took them to Canyon Sports. I asked for the regular tune - edges sharpened and bottoms waxed. Mind you, this isn't the first time I've ever had my skis tuned.
The next day, we picked up our skis and headed for Solitude. We went up on the chair lift and the very first turn I tried to make, my right ski wanted to go straight instead of turning...I almost fell! The second turn felt weird. Everytime I tried to turn, it was like my skis wouldn't "slide" on edge but "hopped" instead. I started wondering if I forgot how to ski! I asked my husband how his skis were and he said "fine." I concentrated on the mechanics of my turns, all the time feeling as though I was "muscling" through the turn. We headed for Honeycomb Canyon. The snow there was not very good - lots of bare spots and snow that had been melted and refroze with some fresh snow here and there. I tried to convince myself that it was the snow.
We got first chair up that morning and skied until 11:30 when my husband suggested we stop for lunch. I had plenty of time to try out my skis. By this time, I was almost in tears and felt like I was really going to hurt myself if I continued to ski. I told my husband I was heading right for the ski shop. I explained to the young man that I had the skis tuned the night before and I didn't know what the problem was, but there certainly was a BIG problem. He looked at the skis and said something like, "they probably forgot to de-tune the edges. Then he said it looked like they really didn't do anything at all. He said they would have to charge me for a tune, but at that point, I didn't care. I just wanted "my" skis back. My husband and I went to lunch and came back. There was another gentleman who actually did the tune and he asked me if I would be kind enough to try the skis and come back to let him know if that made a difference.
My husband and I took two runs and I could immediately tell that the skis were "fixed." I happily went back to the ski shop to let the gentleman know that whatever he did, it fixed the skis. I asked again what was wrong, or did Canyon Sports forget a step, but he really couldn't tell me.
Can anyone out there tell me what probably happened to my skis? Did they forget to do something? Did they forget a step? What does it mean to "de-tune" the tips and tails?
All I can say is that I've never had that happen to me before and I hope it never happens again!