Is a beveled edge, say 2 degrees, for ice hold, a good idea for freeskiers skiing off piste on variable conditions, including firm and ice in places. I know the value of a sharp edge when skiing all-mountain, and perhaps the even greater value of a stiff ski for hold on ice. the bevel question is partly about the durability of the edge tune and the longevity factor for the edge. Is the beveled edge more fragile with respect to skiing over rocks, a definite issue for freeskiing that a racer doesn't have to consider? and, once you put on that bevel you have removed a lot of edge adjacent to the skis sidewall and may have limited the steel you have left to work with in subsequent sharpenings, another definite requirement of freeskiing (frequent agressive edge filing) that racers don't deal with (freeskiers destroying their edge tune much more frequently than racers, who stay away from features that destroy their edges). So, wrapping up the question, does a racer's edge tune concept make sense for a freeskier, ie all mountain, off piste skier on a mountain with lots of rock? thanks.
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11/2/07 at 8:05am