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Edge beveling questions

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I understand the basic principal of beveling edges but can someone explain to me what the different bevels do to change the way a ski reacts and skis in general when you you do these changes to the edge bevels?? Will an upper level inter. skier even know the difference? Thanks again in advance for helping me learn this stuff.........
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For some passionate responses, check out this thread.

IMO many rec skiers will not notice a huge difference in subtle differences unless you are a carver, on performance gear on hard snow and ice. The softer and deeper the snow, the more forgiving the gear and the less you carve, the less absolute accuracy of bevels come into play for the average skier and are less of a concern or issue to over think, but definitely keep 'em close, smooth and without burrs. I also agree with and think the 1° base & 2 to 3° side bevel is a good all around combo to shoot for with rec tuners and skiers.

As with anything, experience, time and trial and error will be your best guide. Unless you really aren't paying attention or using common sense, I'd say you have to try to screw your skis up enough to make a substantial or unfixable difference.
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In general:

Base bevels - affect how quickly the ski edge will engage. Minimal bevel angle results in a more responsive engagement, but taken too far can become very unforgiving. Greater bevel angles allow the ski to be skidded easier, but also can be taken too far to where the skis feel like they're just slipping out from under you.

Side bevels - affect edge hold. As the side bevel angle is increased the angle between the side and base becomes more acute. This allows the edge to "bite" into the snow harder with more pressure, thus providing greater edge hold. This also can be taken too far as a highly acute angle will not hold up very well to rock hits etc., but in my opinion it would take 5 degrees or more until this should be a concern.

There's lots of good info on this subject (and some diagrams) on the site. The search engine should lead you to the riches.
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