I'm going up there again tomorrow, and the day after. I suspect my skies will find more rocks again, and again.
Can someone educate me on what a typical "full tune" involves and what benefits it provides?
Tunes will vary from shop to shop, but where I live a full tune up includes: p-tex of minor gouges, stone grind the base and sharpen edges to my preference, (or to factory specs), wax, scrape and brush. They will also adjust my bindings or din setting if I ask.
The benefits of tuning your skis or how often can depend, I suppose, on how much you ski or even the type of snow you typically ski on. If you ski the hard pack like I do, except for an annual trip out west, my skis will "detune" rather quickly. I may notice a bit of skidding at turn initiation. If that's the case, it tells me my edges need sharpening. Also, I lightly run my finger down my edges when I put my skis away for the day. If I feel any burrs, I know I need to have them sharpened. I have my skis waxed after 10-12 outings. More often would probably be better, but it does start to get a bit expensive. I keep telling myself I'm going to learn how to do this stuff myself, but ya know, life gets in the way and its easier to have someone who knows what they're doing taking care of my gear. All I know about p-tex is that it's some type of compound that gets melted into any gouges. That concludes what little I know. Hope the info helps.
With a large western rock in the trough.
Found a bunch of those on Granite Chief at Squaw during Feb 2012 before the nine foot dump. Skied them with Bud using a technique we called Wack-A-Mole.