I always buy used skis and beat the crap out of them in the woods so I've never any time tuning skis or any of that. I think the last time I tuned my skis was three years ago. But I finally bought a nice pair of hard snow skis I intend to take good care of, these will not be going in the woods: Rossignol Hero Elite ST Ti. 122 - 68 - 10 @ 167cm
I called Rossignol and he said the factory and recommended tune is 1' base/2' edge. He recommended getting them tuned before skiing them. Do you guys think that is really necessary? I'm getting a great deal on the skis so if I wanted a tune it would be $40 extra.
Also, is 1' base/2' edge a good tune for this type of ski? Will be skiing in Quebec and North Vermont with these when there's no fresh snow, always on piste with the occasional bumps. I've demoed them a couple of times and loved them, but I don't know what tune the demo skis had, at one place the guy said 89' but I don't know how that relates to base/edge numbers the Rossi guy gave me.
How often will I need to get a ski like this tuned? Should I get one of those diamond stones I read about and give them a hand file after every day out or is there a risk I could screw it up?
And finally, what's the deal with wax? When I skied out west wax was important because there was lots of flat cat tracks, and wet snow, etc.. but out east there are no cat tracks, and other than the very end of the season the snow is almost never sticky.. whats the point of waxing in this case? The skis are almost always on edge, and I never feel like my skis aren't "fast" enough out here like I did out west when I'd often be on some cat track for 5-10 minutes in super sticky snow. Is there another purpose to waxing that makes the ski perform better other than making it faster when it's not on edge?
Lot of questions but any help would be greatly appreciated!