Originally Posted by Ullr
Since this seems to be the hot topic now, I have a question. My wife bought a pair of new Atomic C:9's after the season ended last year. She is a beginner, looking to improve to intermediate this year. Should I get the ski's tuned or just go with the factory tune for the first year?
You just need to be able to find someone who can read a true bar to tell you what the base edge bevel is. There is more than a good chance the factory tune will allow her new skis to function quite well. I always recommend to my customers, to ski the factory tune first and beat the ski up a little before I start the material removal process.
However, if I find a base edge bevel in excess of 2 degree, I will recommend a fresh grind and disc finish so that the new ski meets their expectations and they do not become discouraged with the purchase or the brand they have chosen. Or worse yet, waste a day of skiing and all the effort that goes into procurring one.
If your wife finds the skis have too much "slip" before they actually "grip," or they feel "soapy" underfoot while standing in the liftline or skating to it, it means the skis have too much base bevel. This will also be indicated when running in a straight line and the skis will tend to "wander" as opposed to track straight.
One thing for sure is that you need to ask her these questions so she does not inadvertently blame herself for a bad day out there on the slopes.
If she's happy, you're happy!
ps. you should listen to Gotamagal, she had a great teacher! tee hee.....