Originally Posted by Jed Peters
If it's a race ski, have them FULLY tuned.
Actually, it really depends on the ski if you should get them tuned or not.
Ask someone who knows the line and the mfg's stuff well tell you what to do when they're new.
that is a ridiculous blanket statement!
If it is a "RACE STOCK" race ski and has no base or side edge bevel, then of course they must be stone ground flat & tuned. If it is a"RACE STOCK"ski many come tuned already
If it is just a shelf race ski, wax it & go ski it.
Every pair of skis, race or otherwise, that I have purchased in the last 30+ years (except a very few Race Stock pair) have skied perfectly out of the box.
the manufacturers use the same machines that many shops do with a very good accurate ceramic disc finish.
Most of my skis have never skied better than when they were brand new.
If you want your new skis screwed up let some bozo at a ski shop tune them for you.
There is absolutely no reason to tune them before skiing on them. if you ski on them & they don't seem right, you can then consider a minor touchup and could alos give some feedback to the tech so he knows what may be the problem.