Originally Posted by cbtbakkes
Better a quick skier with quick skis than a quick skier with slow skis.
Originally Posted by Jacques
In all seriousness there may be something to this "cold" tuning. However I don't believe a ski needs to be perfect flat, and sometimes it's better if it's not.
All this needs to be perfect flat is BS. Learn to get the ski up on edge.
I don't like a ski too quick to engage. When I want it to I am quick as it gets. It's not always the ski, sometimes it's the skier!
Well that's pretty meaningless.
Base bevel is about reaction time of the ski. Low base bevels like 0.5 or less react very quickly. Some of this is personal preference. In general though you would not want that for skiing trees with hard snow around. Or skiing the half pipe. You want some lee way before the ski bites. But some people are fine with a very quicly reacting ski. You would not want that for lower level skiers though.
What usually happens to low base bevels is they wear out and become greater. Particularly with recreational skiers often hockey stopping on ice or skidding sideways. So the alleged 0 degree base bevel is not that
anymore after awhile. To maintain a zero your going to have to grind it a few times a season if you ski a lot on hard snow.
As to the non flat base, it doesn't have to be perfectly flat but some measure in from the edge. Concave bases suck for sliding sideways on dense packed manmade or hard snow. This effects release of the ski. Arc to arc turns are not possible in many situations.
In soft snow things are very different.