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North Tahoe - Best Tuning Shops/Techs?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
For years, I swore by Granite Chief in Truckee. They always did me right. And even early last season, when I brought in my Bros for a mount and first tune, they did me right -- perfect mount, nice structure, good wax, and I was good to go.

Maybe the good techs quit mid-season or something, but all I know is that by February, things had gone downhill. I brought the Bros in for a tune and they wore through so much of the base material at the tail that I can see the white underbelly. I brought in a pair of new used GS boards for a function test and tune, and they claimed they'd tuned them, but just looking at them, you could see the bases were dry. And I brought in my daughter's new skis for a binding mount ... and they mounted an entirely different pair of bindings -- comparable DIN range, and I didn't want another set of holes, so I didn't complain, but talk about lack of attention to detail.

So unless I hear that the problems are fixed, I think I'm done with Granite Chief. Which leaves me looking for a new shop, preferably in Truckee, but Tahoe City is an option too.

Other good experiences: I brought my wife's new Phat Luvs to Tahoe Dave's in Truckee on Friday night at 9pm and picked them up mounted the next morning, good job done. I also brought a pair of skis my daughter gouged up to Alpine Ski & Sport, at the base of the Alpine Meadows access road, on Saturday afternoon and picked them up Sunday morning, well-repaired at a good price. But those were individual experiences, and I'd like to know how others have liked them.

Specifically, can anyone share their experiences with the following:
  • Tahoe Dave's in Truckee
  • Tahoe Dave's on 89 at Squaw Valley Road
  • Alpine Ski & Sport on Alpine Meadows Road at 89
  • Porters Truckee (next to Albertsons)
  • Porters Tahoe City
  • Start Haus
  • Alpine Meadows Base Lodge Shop (the "silver pass" gets you $200 worth of tunes for $100)
  • Anything else in Truckee or Tahoe City
post #2 of 27
When I lived down there I use to go to Porters in Truckee and loved their service...I bought my Dynastar Coupe X8's there and trusted them with my Rossi Viper X's and Authier Goldstars, but that was well over 10 years ago so I can't speak to how things are now.

Although a bit out of your way, I also use to get alot tune work and bootfitting done at Helms in Sacramento (if I remember correctly they are either on Arden or Marconi) and the two brothers and sister still run the place independant of the other Helm's ski shops throughout the Bay Area.

Their work is superb and worth the drive if you can't find anything closer.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Steve.

I guess you saw "Ski Bums" on the Documentary Channel too, eh?
post #4 of 27

No. Tahoe

I would never take another pair of ski's to granite Chief they really screwed up a pair of my ski's I had to get done because of too many rocks at Whister in Nov.

Truckee Ski Works, just down the St. about l block from Granite Chief in Truckee. Boots-Cosmos in tahoe City
post #5 of 27
OK Dude, the guys who used to work at Granite moved to Porters in
Tahoe City. Daves in Tahoe City has always been anything from ok to great. The Village Ski loft in Incline has been around since 1967?

As for the rest of it? who knows. also for tunes and base repair (The Shop at Homewood) If you happen to be @ Homewood go ahead and get your skis waxed / tuned
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Pete. The address for Truckee Ski Works appears to be the same as The Backcountry, so I'm guessing they changed names or hands. And yeah, I hear Cosmo's is excellent.

MTT, yeah, I know that the Granite Chief/Squaw Valley guys moved to Porters/Tahoe City. I'm a lazy guy, which means I'm really looking for anything between Northwoods and Alpine -- Donner Pass Rd, 89, or Alpine Access Rd. Homewood? Incline Village? Not with the kids in tow.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Thanks, Steve.

I guess you saw "Ski Bums" on the Documentary Channel too, eh?
Yep, even got it recorded on the DVR.
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by memosteve View Post
Yep, even got it recorded on the DVR.
Heh -- same here, although I deleted it already.
post #9 of 27
AD....basom from TGR board worked at Dave's in Truckee last year. You might PM him, but I heard its a pretty good shop.

I'v also heard good things about StartHaus and Head North, which is in the same center as Wild Cherries.
post #10 of 27
StartHaus.

These guys tune just about all the race team's skis in the Tahoe basin.
(every time I drop by I bump into racers from almost every ski team in the area)

They also do most of the PSIA Western Division D-Team boots.

They do great work.
post #11 of 27
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StartHaus.
... and I got some excellent end of season deals on twins for my kids there to boot.

But their hours stink -- they don't open until 9 or 10am.
post #12 of 27
Start Haus.
Crappy Hours yes, great shop most definatly. They did all my tuning and fitting when I raced, and when I was instructing. Love them !!
post #13 of 27
I can vouch for Tahoe Dave's in Truckee, at least to the extent that they have always been able to turn my skis around overnight when I bring them in for a tune, ready first thing in the morning. I'm not an expert on ski tuning but I've never had a problem with them and I've been going there for the last few years.

On a semi-related note, are most shops willing to bend brakes to fit wide skis when mounting bindings? Need to get my new Goats set up.
post #14 of 27

Granite Chief bootfitters (Gunnar/Gary) still there?

I realize you guys are talking about ski techs, but are the bootfitters (Gunnar & Gary) still with Granite Chief? I know Gunnar was there in the Squaw Village shop when I went in last year.
post #15 of 27
on the subject of tuning, what should one have done to their skis as a pre-season/start of season tune?

i keep hearing about "deep waxing" and "hot boxing" (which i assume/hope is NOT the techs cramming into a beater and smoking dope before firing up the grinder and waxing iron).

what needs to be done to get the season off on a good foot (I had most of my skis tuned once and then waxed a few times over the course of last season (I didn't buy my skis until March-ish).
post #16 of 27
Get your skis ground and edges set, but do not wax. when you get the skis back, work them tip to tail first w/ med (maroon) scotch brite, followed by fine (white) scotch brite. 15 to 20 passes each. This will cut off hairs raised by the grind. Then wax as usual.
post #17 of 27
so after the Scotch Brite treatment then you would get them deep waxed and hot boxed?
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
so after the Scotch Brite treatment then you would get them deep waxed and hot boxed?

Yes...waxing after scotch brite. Whether you spring for the hot box????
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by hardboiled View Post

On a semi-related note, are most shops willing to bend brakes to fit wide skis when mounting bindings? Need to get my new Goats set up.

Depending on the shop they might not charge if there is only minimal bending required. If they have wide brakes, the shop will just want to sell you those.

If you buying new binding there are plenty of binding that now come with brakes wide enough for the Goats.

If you have to buy the brakes, you should expect to pay $35 or less.

What are the binding? How wide are the current brakes?
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
what needs to be done to get the season off on a good foot (I had most of my skis tuned once and then waxed a few times over the course of last season (I didn't buy my skis until March-ish).
Depends on what you ski look like after being in storage for the summer.

If the edge look good (no rust), just waxing the skis should be good enough to get ready.

With any rust on the edges I would spring for a tune. On rock skis and powder ski, I been now to live with a little rust that is created if the skis touching during storage. I usually try to store the skis with two straps (tip/tails) or apart to avoid this.

If the skis are showing a lot of rust, get them in ASAP to stop the damage from getting worse.
post #21 of 27
Star Haus in Truckee - sometimes their shop hours are flexible, depending on who is working, but as a general rule there's often someone there later than advertised and they are often willing to open up for you to collect your skis if you've already paid.
post #22 of 27

Start Haus Truckee

I took my 188 Bro's in a couple weeks ago to reset the base bevel to .5 and 2 Again. And asked for wax. Today I picked them up the shopping list of stuff> they did came to 105$!!! So the bases of the skis (Exept where they ground near the tail till you can see the metal hold on the edges) looks great. The edges are nice and (Race Ski sharp) Just make sure you know what you are getting before you walk out the door.

105$ to do skis that were in very good shape going in the door.

But they do look great
post #23 of 27
I am partial to the starthaus they seem to do a great job, and their main focus is race tunes. You cant go wrong there.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by MTT View Post
I took my 188 Bro's in a couple weeks ago to reset the base bevel to .5 and 2 Again. And asked for wax. Today I picked them up the shopping list of stuff> they did came to 105$!!! So the bases of the skis (Exept where they ground near the tail till you can see the metal hold on the edges) looks great. The edges are nice and (Race Ski sharp) Just make sure you know what you are getting before you walk out the door.

105$ to do skis that were in very good shape going in the door.

But they do look great
Start Haus is not cheap. But, the work is great.
post #25 of 27
Porter's TC keeps coming up in posts over at TGR, especially in regards to maggot inclined rides like the Spatula, Bro, ARG, and Praxis. The name "Ben" has been tossed around as the gent to speak to for all your mounting/tuning needs there.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Porter's TC keeps coming up in posts over at TGR, especially in regards to maggot inclined rides like the Spatula, Bro, ARG, and Praxis. The name "Ben" has been tossed around as the gent to speak to for all your mounting/tuning needs there.
Ben is a great guy and is active on the TGR Forums.

The guys at the TC Porter's have always done great work and few times they have done "while you wait" mounts for me and the Mrs.

BTW: There is a great coffee house across the street and a 1 or 2 block to the east. In IMO, some of the best espresso in North Lake.
post #27 of 27
okay, so after perusing several posts about "Best Tunes In Tahoe Area" I've come up with the following:

Porter's TC
ask for Ben, Sean, Link

Bobo's Reno
ask for Dave

Tahoe Boot & Ski Works, SLT
ask for Brent

Sierra Ski & Cycle, SLT
ask for Gary

Tahoe Daves, Homewood Base shop, and Alpine Base shop have all gotten nods for tunes, as well.

I know this would be a major undertaking, but perhaps somebody would step up to the plate and make a sticky listing recommended shops for solid tunes and reliable mounts?

We have bootfitter rec's and over at TGR they have ski/binding rec's, but unless I'm blind I haven't seen a Recommended Tunes/Mounting list of shops.

?
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