Originally Posted by SkiNut
I'm relatively new to the whole ski tuning stuff, so I appreciate the feedback I've been getting but I have a question regarding the frequency of base and edge tuning.
I was buying some was the other day, and the gu at the shop told me to avoid base sharpening and I noticed in the SWIX manual that for race prep, they only talk about edge sharpening.
So my question is, how often do you sharpen the base of your skis?
To answer the question that hasn't been answered yet, when ever you feel that there is a burr developing on the edge or part of the edge give it a polish with the diamond stone.
I tend to do mine every 2-3 days but that amounts to a few light passes with a 600 and then 1000 grit diamond stone to take off the damage caused by hard snow/ ice and the debris around the mountain.
I check them every day when I dry the bases and edges down with a cloth (to prevent edges rusting and remove any grit or oils from the bases coming into contact with the snow in the lift area/ articificial snow etc).
A well tuned ski requires 30% less effort to ski so it is worth the effort to keep them in good condition. The other good reason for keeping edges well maintained is that a good percentage of skiers skid on ice or hard snow because they tense up and stop edging - if you know that your edges are good you can confidently turn through hard snow/ ice, again making your skiing day more enjoyable.