You can read the two tune up threads that are going on right now: http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c;f=1;t=004068
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Since you got new skis they are hopefully in a good shape. Check that the base is flat using a true bar (an object with a flat side that you can use to check whether your base is flat or not). Also you may want to t`une your edges to sharpen then, they don't come that sharp from the factory.
But the most important step for your new skis is: wax, wax, wax again. And then wax, wax, and wax again. Repeat until you are tired. And then some. Start by hot scraping them (hot wax and remove the wax while it is still warm, to get dirt out of the base; repeat until the wax is clean and doesn't show dirt). I spent nearly 10 hours (over a few days, about 6-7 waxing for each ski) on my new skis, and you could feel it. The idea is to feed as much wax as you can to the bases, and because they haven't been waxed you can feed them a lot of it. I scraped, then waxing with base prep wax (Swix BP-88) a lot of times, with increasing waxing times (the more wax in the base, the more you can wax without fear of overheating it, still with an iron correctloy set to say 110-120 degrees Centigrade). I finished with a coat of the glide wax appropriate for my conditions. Some people recommend putting a hard wax somewhere in the process to protect the base, but I don't have any handy. And don't think I am crazy, racers will put 10 to 20 coats of wax on their skis before using them. I just *had* to try them last Friday.
YA[ February 24, 2003, 07:28 PM: Message edited by: Ladede ]