I just lost a really long and detailed report I just wrote because I tried to upload a picture by dragging and dropping in this window! Ughhh...The picture replaced the thread in my browser and when I pressed the "back" button, my whole "REPLY" was gone.......Is there any "auto save" function on this site?
Again, thanks to @KingGrump
and Mamie for their warm welcome and generosity.They are obviously very passionate skiers who go out of their way to welcome newcomers to the sport and the "community."
We started off the evening around the kitchen table - chatting about ski stuff and having some wine and chips and salsa. They are super chill people and put me at ease right away. @KingGrump definitely made a great case for a Taos Ski Week this season. It would be great if I did overlap with any other forum members. My dates are not set yet, but I am considering January or March. Aside from the skiing, I'd love to explore Taos and Santa Fe. I've recently developed a huge soft spot for the magical state of New Mexico after several business trips to ABQ. I always feel like Im in the Awesome 90s when I'm there - its totally unpretentious and the people are very genuine. Based on Grump's stories, I have a strong feeling that this unpretentious magical vibe will be strong at Taos.
Anyway, we moved on to the basement which was eye opening. It looks like a combo hardware and ski shop! There seemed to be two main rooms connected by a wide hallway. One room was full of ski tools and supplies and the work bench. In the "hall" there is a massive rack of skis!
The back room was filled with lots of construction tools...It was super organized, hence me feeling like I was in a store. As one who is into gear, this was very cool!
The pictures I took are sort of random and were more to remind me what @KingGrump recommended I buy for a bare bones tuning kit. I have already bought all the tools pictured!
I did not get this model of side bevel. Instead I got KUU Side Bevel File Angle Guide with Clamp-Size: 89 (1 Degree). This model also has a stainless steel plate on the "base" side. I am now a little unsure if I got the right Degree. Any thoughts on this?
The bevel I bought comes with a similar clamp.
I also purchased a Gummi Stone.
Here's a picture of the p-tex'd areas:
In the end, my skis looked way better than they ever did. Those bases looked and felt so shiny and silky!
After p-tex scraped off. You can barely see where the ding was:
You can kind of see the shine in my freshly tuned and waxed skis:
All in all it was a great evening. As someone who enjoys manual labor and equipment, it was extremely fun to go through this process. I will definitely continue to sharpen my own edges. Melting the wax on the iron and scraping it was super satisfying as well. However, I KNOW, trying to do that will be a HUGE MESS in my apartment. I can already imagine finding wax shavings in random corners and having wax stuck to my floors. One day....
OTHER RANDOM NOTES:
@KingGrump is a really good cook! I could tell by how he was moving in the kitchen. Very fast with the knife!....We had pasta with shrimp. They gave me the majority of the shrimp which were large and super meaty. The pasta was cooked perfectly and really absorbed the sauce well. It had a nice richness to it balanced with a refreshing burst of lemon.
We talked a little about my boot issues. I'm really new to skiing and reading some of these forums too much makes me over think and get paranoid about certain things. I am hoping my boot issues (looseness) is just because of my bad technique.....Grump recommended a booster strap, which I have also purchased....
The ski gear did not end in the basement. We later went to the garage which was also full of gear!!!! This was the "soft goods" section. The garage is divided by @KingGrump's stuff on one side and Mamie's stuff on the other. I just got a glimpse, but there were lots of everything.
This sums it up. I'm excited to get back on the skis. Will be starting around Dec.21/22 at Squaw/Alpine in Tahoe. I just hope I remember how to ski!