Originally Posted by Max Capacity Why bother with the very front or tail of a ski like that. just never touch it. It will be what the factory shipped it at.
In all my years of tuning I have never worried about that area.
Now watch someone come on a say something about deep snow and tip of the ski...I still say leave that area alone.
i find this discussion hilarious. Stuff that doesn't matter is claimed to matter and stuff that does matter is claimed doesn't.
Op, you're not catching edges cause of your edge geometry. Possible your chattering hockey stops are due to uneven base edge or non flat ski base, but could be loose boots and or loose system binding -demo or a mis adjusted binding.
Regardless of which angles you choose, you should be able to hockey stop and slide, drift just fine.
The bold above. Rounding your non contact ( and sometimes w new skis it's beyond flat contact so be careful) points in the tip is actually important. Talk about catching edges! If you've never experienced it's terrifying. Happened at Aspen Highlands. Coming down the ridge towards cloud 9 restaurant. Tip got caught, literally launched me into a tips up flight to the woods. I'm talking instant launch I headed straight towards a tree with no soft stuff facing me. Got lucky and tails hit a snowpile dispersing the energy though i left marks on the tree and somehow buried my head. It looked so bad that our instructor down by the lift ran up the hill w/o skis to see what happened.
That was a demo ski. Amazingly, two days later I witnessed this happening to someone in our group. Same lift. Getting off, he was sliding, moving down and away when his tip caught and launched him airborne. Towards a tree. That one looked so bad that two of our group just took off to fetch ski patrol. He was lucky. His ski literally cut a branch off and the soft branches absorbed the impact. No injury. He was on public enemies, not exactly a stiff ski. Mine were some sort of Nordica of the day, too stiff for their good.
We were both very lucky not to get hurt. I was expecting a serious impact and was saved by a snowpile. @bichon? was saved by the tree branches actually.
If you go in the halfpipe or do any air you def want to round those edges at the very tip. Even if not, round them.