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Teaching kids to tune sksi

post #1 of 6
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My kids are saying they should tune their own skis. They are teenagers and I heartily agree, since it is a pain to tune everyone's skis. this brings a thought to mind, since they could really mess up their skis. What is the best way to teach kids to tune skis, and should I have taught them even younger? What age would be appropriate for learning to tune? What are the best tools for kids to use, and are they any different from what adults should use? How can I teach the kids in my multiweek class to tune or wax their skis? I bet someone out there even has better questions which I didn't think of.
post #2 of 6
How about kids teaching kids? ie Hot Waxing 101

The waxing is the easy part, teaching by example with the same tools and oversight. If your kids are motivated then you are way ahead and just need some step by step lessons/progression, along with a little trust and gradually let 'em loose. It's OK to make mistakes as you can fix them (hopefully ), but don't be afraid of them. IMO you have to try hard to screw up your boards, especially for rec skiing and boarding. Most importantly, keep it relaxed and fun.

One idea for a progression with edge work is to have them start out with maintenance sharpening and de-burring with fine stones and work backward toward the coarse stones and then files.
post #3 of 6
Some ski clubs encourage their kids to tune their own skis, pretty much from J5 on. Although I don't see them getting good at it until their at least their young teen years.
post #4 of 6
My daughter is 9. We do her tuning together. She usually puts on the wax then scrapes what she can (I usually have to finish up) and then she does all the brushing. As for the edges I usually do that but she watches and helps where she feels comfortable. If they want to do it, let them. Its good for them to learn how to take some responsibility for their own equipment. If you are unsure about them messing something up spend some time teaching them how to do it correctly and then supervise them until you feel comfortable letting them do it alone.
post #5 of 6
When you mention a class, a multi week class, what kind of group are they.

If you are working at as an instructor, do you have the space to do tuning and do you have the bench, vices, files, cutters ... all the goodies.

One option would be to have a rep come in and do a demo. The Holmenkoln or Swix guy who services your area may be happy to oblige.

Gloves and long sleeves are a must ....
post #6 of 6
I used to race as a kid and my dad thought up a pretty clever way for me to learn my stuff. He started me a tuning business. well... not really a business, but he got me custom business cards and advertised for me locally. Before I knew it I had a handful of skis a day to hand tune. I learned pretty quick, along with the books and his guidance. I think I charged ten bucks a pair then and built myself a pretty nice shop.
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