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How Often Do You Tune Your Skis?

post #1 of 21
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I was discussing this with some people and the responses were really varied. I was surprised that so many people can go so long with a proper tune.

Last year at Whistler I was getting a hand-tune every three days, and every two when it got toward the end of the season (my last day was June 5th).

If you don't do it yourself, it isn't cheap, and it isn't always easy to find a good person (found mine on a tip from some pros I know), but I can tell pretty easily when my skis need it.

So, how often do you tune your skis?

btw, I know I should be doing it myself - and I will next season.

...geez, did I put this in the wrong forum?
post #2 of 21
On my "everyday" skis, about every 2-3 days of use. On my race skis (I'm a beer leaguer and low level Masters racer) before every race.
I very seldom file-I usually just go over the edges with a couple of grades of diamond stones, then wax.
post #3 of 21
This probably will be moved to the tuning forum.

I wax daily for whatever conditions are expected (temperatures), do touch-up filing every few days, depending upon need. The more I ski on hard snow, the more often a file is needed. Unless some unusual damage occurs, I only bottom file (Sun Valley Ski Tools guide for edge bevel) if I see base wear. My filing mainly is side edge, again with a guide.
post #4 of 21
every 3 to 5 days take a moonstone to touch up edges with a edge tool and wax....every 2 weeks or so i use a file with edge tool and wax...as snow get deeper and base's improve i will bring into shop for a tuneup and patch"skiis lookin really beatup on bases" one last time unless they get real beat up again.
post #5 of 21
Wax: every 3-5 outings, as appropriate. Edges: I run over them with the right stone (diamond stone, gummistone, or whetstone (aluminum oxide)) *after* a day's worth of skiing. Rarely need to file or take the base down.

XC skis: before every outing.
post #6 of 21
Few times a season at the most, myself.
post #7 of 21
Depends on the ski for me.

My everyday ski (Rossi B3) I wax every two days and touch up the edges as needed w/full sharpening every 4-5 days, except for base edge...Only when needed.

Actually it's the same for all my skis, including the wife/kids, but my B3's get it the most simply because they are in the rotation more often.

I'm actually always working on ski's throughout the winter as I just love to tune (it's what I do for stress relief after work) and I do all my friends tunes/repairs/waxing.

At the end of the season I take the ski's that have more than 5 days on them, or as needed, to get a base grind/structure w/out setting edge angles.
post #8 of 21
I wax everyday. I run diamond stones over the edges daily as well and use files as needed ( usually after 3-4 days). As for stone grinds, that depends upon the ski and the conditions.
post #9 of 21
.... All the time. I can't keep my hands off my skis. I ski every week and get a lot of gouges and scratches that must be filled in. A good wax job makes it easier to finely control the skis. I want that extra glide that lets me beat my friends to the lift line.

...Work hard to tune and wax so I can play hard. I want to know that if someone gets too far ahead of me, that I can just point those tips down the hill and gain on them anytime because I have a better wax job.
post #10 of 21
Hot wax before every ski day (gotta have the right wax on the skis). Make some passes on the side edge at a 2 degree bevel every 3ish times out. I ski vermont every week and a good sharp edge is key so if its gonna be real hard then a couple passes are a must. Take the skis to the shop in the off season for a stone grind and get them edges looking new. Looking to get a base bevel and a couple other brushes.

Its amazing how some people just do not understand that tuning (mostly waxing) is important to ur skiing and skis. I try to tell people and take care of my friends/familys skis throughout the season.

And its sooo much better for ur $1000 pair or skis u just bought!!
post #11 of 21
wax after every ski day, deburr as needed by hand with stone, polish and repaired areas with gummi....

usually top quality universal wax....but will wax for next day conditions as needed (ex nastar or warm snow day)

Will have skis professionally stone ground about every 40-50 ski days or if signif slope damage occurs....own multiple pair, thus skis might be sold replaced before this step is necessary.
post #12 of 21
I wax every 2-3 days with Toko universal wax, grind down grievious rock-induced edge damage with a coarse diamond stone and fill in really big base gashes/core-shots when needed. When they get really bad (rounded edges, cheese gratered bases) I take them in for a tune/grind. As far as base/edge bevels, I haven't got the slightest idea.

When I was a teen-racer I was nuts about tuning. Wax every day, sharpen every day, had to have specific base/edge bevels, p-texed the smallest of scratches. Then I quite racing and started skiing bumps and stuff with a guy who was by far the best skier around. His skis had huge patched-up core shots and large sections of edge missing. He waxed all the time, but that was about it. This is when I realised that possibly I was putting far too much time and effort into tuning.
post #13 of 21
Hey, guys, Alpinord has a bit of a poll on this over here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=46502
post #14 of 21
Full tune with base grind, once maybe twice a year. Maintenance tunes when needed, wax often. Just another advantage to skiing soft snow.
post #15 of 21
I never ski on a ski which has more than 2 days since it's last tuning. For my race skis, it's every time they get used, and touched up in between runs at a race.

Constant touch ups are the pleasant alternative to full reconditionings, as they reconditioning takes more life out of the ski.

Ironically, I see some "pro's" who maybe get their skis tuned once a season. And then they wonder why their skiing SUCKS!
post #16 of 21
And now for the other end of the spectrum.

I wax once, maybe twice a season. Sharpen edges every 3-4 ski days if skiing eastern hardpack. I went a couple of very powderful seasons out west without sharpening edges at all.
post #17 of 21
Wax every other day. Get edges tweaked when daughter home from college. ONE stone grind a season (usually in spring when ice is becoming an issue.)
post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
This probably will be moved to the tuning forum.

I wax daily for whatever conditions are expected (temperatures), do touch-up filing every few days, depending upon need. The more I ski on hard snow, the more often a file is needed. Unless some unusual damage occurs, I only bottom file (Sun Valley Ski Tools guide for edge bevel) if I see base wear. My filing mainly is side edge, again with a guide.
Ah, Yup!
post #19 of 21
right on crank.
maybe 2 times a season at a shop. i ski every weekend and my buddy does the waxing and some edge sharpening whenever i take em to him. my skis only see him when i see core.
post #20 of 21
If you wax every outing you may be wasting time, effort and materials. Unless you are into it for waxing sake or to dial in for absolute performance, you might try to see how long your wax will last relative to the prevailing conditions before just blindly waxing every time. This of course, is also relative to the grade of wax you use and how abrassive the snow is. You can easily get up to 4 or 5 or more with more durable waxes and who knows with soft snow.
post #21 of 21
Cold temperatures (below 20) & the snow is soft - every 4-5 days if I remember.

Cold temperatures (below 20) & the snow is hard - every 2-3 days.

Moderate temperatures (20-32) - every 2-3 days.

Temperatures above freezing - check edges daily and wax daily. I often will take two pairs of skis since warm snow wears warm wax off quickly.
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