Originally Posted by Atomicman
Originally Posted by midwestfabs
Wondering if while one is actually skiing is there a feeling and/or sense a skier should, could, would, or might possibly notice that the ski(s) need to be sharpened?
Scenario: i ski in the midwest,. Pretty much all on people made, groomed, hard snow. i tune my skiis every 3-5 days. Today was day 6 since my last tunes. On day 3 i just did a quick wax, but did not sharpen the edges. Today what while cruising along on very gradual quasi icy slopes or on very gradual groomed green runs on occasions one of my skiis would get tad squirly/noodly for lack of better terms. In the past five days i did not have this sensation on similar terrain.
I also had a similar sensation on a pair of demo skiis out west while on long icy type of catwalks last season, hence what made me think of my initial question/thought above.
When you say you tune them every 3-5 days, what do you do to them?
1. to start thing off i wipe/clean bases w/ fiberlene maybe w/ tad of water if visibly dirty. if i see the skis are more dirty than usual i have used six wax remover. do not use the wax remover every single time and so far have done so sporadically.
2. brush skis w/ brass few times, re-wipe w/ fiberlene.
3. sharpen edges with moon flex or swix diamond stones. when i first started tuning my own skis figured to follow the similar thought process to sharpen the edges as i do w/ my kitchen knives.
- first couple passes w/ course (200/red). as w/ my kitchen knives i don't use a course type of stone every time since doing so tends to take off an unnecessary amount of material. when i skip this step i just do below two steps.
- next few passes w/ 400/yellow stone.
- next few passes w/ 600/white
*note: while sharpening i use mixture of water w/ a few drops of dawn type soap to swirl stones in. seems keep them somewhat clean while sharpening and lubricated. i also intermittently wipe edges off as I'm happening w/ fiberlene.
4. wipe off again w/ fiberlene. i also use a soft bristled wide paint brush intermittently as well.
5. melt wax and iron in, use a very low temp. 110-130 setting. i have been using/trying out all-purpose wax, purl, hertel, swix. if it is going to be colder than normal as it usually does here in the midwest (though not so much this season) i also melt some cold temp wax in, swim ch4, hertel cold snap, or purl cold green. i have all three brands as a trial this season and so far leaning more toward the purl brand.
6. let wax dry. on some other thread about waxing it was suggested that leaving wax sit say overnight might be more beneficial. i have only done this once and theoretically can see the benefits of overnighting the wax, we'll see. usually if let it dry couple hours before i scrape using plastic scraper until most of wax is off.
7. brush using brass, horse hair, and nylon fine finishing brush. i'll do about 5-10 passes with each and see wax dust.
*note: in between brushes i use the wide soft bristle paint brush as well.
that is about my process. depending on time constraints i might skimp on number of brush passes, time letting wax sit, etc., but for the most part follow steps above.