Contrary to popular belief, there is hard snow pretty much wherever you go, and edges have been known to come in handy from time to time.
Get your edges sharpened before the season starts and periodically during the season as required to keep them sharp and burr-free. That way, you get used to the edges the first day and will adapt easier to using them.
Go to a race-oriented shop or one that all of the racers frequent and ask a few questions about base and side beveling, detuning, and similar subjects to get an idea of what you would be most comfortable with. The reason I say go to a race shop as opposed to a normal ski shop is that most ski shop techs don't know a whole lot about edge tuning, and can actually screw up a good pair of skis. My local REI won't/can't do edge bevels without stone-grinding, which is just plain sad. Racers live and die by their edges, so they tend to be a little picky about who does their work.
If you have problems controlling the skis with the edges sharpened, you need to seek out a professional ski instructor or someone who can teach you to effectively use your edges. Once you get a feel for them, it's hard to go back to skiing dull edges. After a season on race skis, I swapped skis with a friend who hadn't tuned in years. It was painfully obvious to me, because the skis woundn't hold a line even on hard-ish groomers no matter what I did. He noticed the difference also, and went home and tuned his skis that night. Over the years he had gotten used to dull edges, so it didn't seem like they had gotten round. Nothing beats a properly maintained tool.
[ June 24, 2003, 05:46 AM: Message edited by: Alaska Mike ]