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How to get started tuning skis?

post #1 of 12
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I have finally progressed enough where I feel I can call myself an advanced(I'm hesitant to use the phrase "expert") skier. I have just purchased a pair of World Cup RC4's for recreational use, in other words no racing. I ski mainly hardpack, ice, and man made snow in the MidWest. My average ski outing is about 4 hours.
I have seen a lot on here about sharpening edges after every use, etc. What should I be using to sharpen my edges? Is there a website that details how to do this? I'm a newbie and have a lot to learn.
post #2 of 12
I can recommend the 'Beast' tuning video from http://www.ski-racing.com

Excellent value at about $20 & actually seeing how it's done is better than reading any description & you can always rewatch any of the elements any time.
post #3 of 12
get the BEAST tool and order extra diamond stones from the web. Don't bother with the file - you can mess the edges. But the idea of diamond before each skiing is neat. Takes 3 minutes. Oh, get coarse diamons (black), blue's too fine. You can get replacement diamonds on the web for $7/piece
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There is tuning info in my links below.

Thanks.
post #6 of 12
FishEH, I'm planning to acquire a tuning kit from www.ski-racing.com, when I save up enough money. This kit will include a DVD as well.

I've also found that there is a lot of infomation about tuning and tools on www.tognar.com, where I have learned a lot from. Whatever you do, don't forget to wax your skis, and have fun!
post #7 of 12
good choice. I've been using their tools for past 3 years. You may want to get replacement diamond stones somewhere on the web. There's a place in NC that sells them for $7/piece. I don't bother with filing anymore, just diamond stones before each day, takes 2 -3 minutes. Definitely worth for east coast .
post #8 of 12
I learned by getting an old pair of crappy shaped skis , i think 7 dollar files, and started a trial and error method. Worked really well, then i went to 4 classes, and now I spend more time tuning than doing homework. :-0
-JMK
post #9 of 12
If you have any local shops that offer clinics, that's a great way to get started, and ask LOTS of questions. Most techs love to tell you more than you asked to show you how smart they are (I did!). I also recommend the book "World Class Ski Tuning", but I forget who wrote it. You can find it on most ski tuning tools websites. Just remember to always use a light touch and let your tools do the work for you - you don't have to muscle them.

Good luck!
post #10 of 12
"World Class Tuning" is written by Michael Howden. I've purchased it through www.tognar.com. It's a slim readable book, but IMHO, I still need to watch a DVD to truly understand how to tune the edges.
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Originally Posted by Skicrazed
FishEH, I'm planning to acquire a tuning kit from www.ski-racing.com, when I save up enough money. This kit will include a DVD as well.

I've also found that there is a lot of infomation about tuning and tools on www.tognar.com, where I have learned a lot from. Whatever you do, don't forget to wax your skis, and have fun!
I just put in an order with racewax.com. Put my order in on Sunday night and got my stuff on Wednesday! I did a lot of price comparison and it seems like their price and selection can't be beat. I would highly recommend buying from them!

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with racewax.com, I'm just a happy customer!
post #12 of 12
deltat, thanks for the info!! I'll look into the stuff at racewax.com. That's fast service! Thanks also for the disclaimer. I know that you are just a happy customer!
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