Originally Posted by Skier-X85
What is the proper side bevel for these skis?(Yes, I know that this is an objective matter)
Do I even want to bother with sharpening the base or do I just want to focus on the sides to sharpen the edges?
What are the various degrees of beveling and how do they make a difference?
There's a lot of info on base/edge angles and there was a post a few days ago in this forum asking about edge angles, but the replies also discussed base angles.
I am not in my shop so I do not have my list of factory base and edge angles, and I haven't tuned a pair of Heads recently, but based on my memory, I believe they are typically a 1deg base and 1 or 2 deg side angle.
Since I have no idea if your skis are new orr used and in what condition they are, it's hard to answer your quesion of what to do. It also depends how finicky you want to be.
If the bases are flat and in good condition and the base angles are correct, I wouldn't touch the base angle. If the base angle is too low for your liking (i.ei 0.5 deg) you can increase them by filing followed by diamondstones.
If it is too high, you need to have the bases ground in order to allow you to reduce the angle.
As for side angles, you can check what they are set either by using a specific tool or coloring the edges in three points using a sharpie and then running a stone over them at increasing angles until the correct angle (the one that fully contacts the ink) is found. Too overly simplify, 1 deg is fine for powder, 2 deg helps on groomers, and 3 deg for ice. The higher the angle, the less durable the edge, but the better the edge hold.
As I mentioned, check out the recent post re: edge angles as it offers a good amount of info and feel free to post with questions more specific to the condition of your skis.