Originally Posted by kzoo1
I started waxing our skis last year. Mainly because of cost. I figured if I can keep the bases waxed regularly, they will last longer, and ski better. In the few times I have waxed the skis I more than paid for the cost of the tuning kit I bought. I haven't started maintaining my edges yet, but plan on buying some diamond stones and file guides this year.
As an added bonus, I can hang out in the basement for an hour or so enjoying a bourbon and waxing the skis, in peace and quiet. I figure even if it doesn't improve the life/performance of the ski, it's still time well spent.
I'm Wit Chu, It's a Zen thing and gets me away from the "Old Ball & Chain". Although I prefer Canadian Whiskey myself.
Once you learn how to tune the edges you will not believe how much better they will perform. You need a good 10" file, a 100 & a 200 stone, some citrus generic cleaner in a spray bottle, a file card to clean the file, a brass and a nylon bristle tooth brush to clean your stones, an edge bevel guide and a base bevel guide. Then you are set. Get a 1 degree base edge guide and either a 92 or a 93 side edge guide (dependant on your ski, your abiltity and the snow conditions you ski on most. I reccomend you watch Swix's tuning and waxing video. It is availabe to most good ski shops or internet suppilers.