Originally Posted by Atomicman
Maybe you just have no abilityn to "FEEL" when you ski. Saying that a proper tune is makes no difference in the "WEST" or in softer snow is absolutly ridiculous!
I know lots of guys like you. They just don't ski with any feel and can't tell the difference!
Tune in and turn on "Brougham"
Whatever. I'm a tech in a ski shop. I used to tune my skis a lot until I started to notice that there was no significant difference on soft snow. I started to let my skis go longer and longer without a tune and still didn't notice. I started to notice that a coreshot (depending on location and size) didnt make a difference. I got to the point where I was only tuning my skis to repair ski threatening core shots (stuff that could lead to rust, edge blow/compression, delam, or truly huge shots) and just quick waxing when I needed it (usually spring/summer). I finally realized what all my other tech buddies were talking about.
I wasn't and wouldn't try to talk about Alaska because I've never skied there and don't know what it's like (and most people wouldn't quite include it in "the West").
It's all about the snow and what kind of skiing someone is doing. The snow is largely dictated by the region. When it is boilerplate (or racers or superpipe riders), tune is very important but not a cureall like skidoc has claimed.
When it's soft, it doesnt matter so much. When its deep, you have to have a seriously messed up ski and still your would hardly notice it. Here, it is very rarely boilerplate inbounds (you can find unbreakable ice crusts depending on the weather sometimes). 90% of skiers who ski contintental snowpack areas (Colorado/Wyoming and parts of Idaho/Montana/Utah) would benefit from a lesson many times more than they would benefit from a tune and the benefit would last them a lot longer too. It's not the other way around like the "it's the tune that sucks, not you (so come on down and give me some $$$)"
for everyone and everyone marketing quote. That's the main misinformation I'm trying to counter.
Eastern Skiers: Tune for the ice.
Rockies Skiers: Tune to fix coreshots and when they go to visit mom in Vermont for Xmas."They don't ski with any feel" WTF does that mean?