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Waxing skis

post #1 of 13
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I just picked up my skis yesterday, and I forgot to ask if they took the factory wax off and waxed my skis. Do ski shops normally do wax when you get a new pair of skis and have them mount them or not?
post #2 of 13
Depends on the shop.

Based on my work experience in multiple ski shops, a volume ski shop usually will not as they compete on price and selection and are too busy to properly tune a ski before it goes out the door.

A specialty shop probably will as they compete on service and will take the time to dull your tips and tails and give you a coat of wax. They want you back.
post #3 of 13
Sort of a corollary to the original question....

I'm expecting new skis directly from Atomic. Is it safe for me to assume they'll have NOT been tuned or edges dulled or have had factory wax removed?
post #4 of 13
Dull the edges ..... :

Look, take the new skis and wax them. Go out into the garden and put a nice round pebble in your pocket or walking through the parking lot pick one up.

If you get out there and the skis are grabby as hell .... take the pebble out and detune the tips and tails a bit if you insist.

All we are saying .... is give skis a chance ......

Ski them first as they come out of the box .... toss the pebble .... or use it ...
post #5 of 13
You never know until you look at the ski and assess the factory tune. I have seen some lousy jobs. My last few skis (Head, Elan, Fisher) have come with decent edge tunes, and all I did was slap on a coat of wax before skiing them.

I'm like Yuki -- I don't dull the tips or tails until I know it's needed (generally will know after a couple runs).
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Dr Skimeister View Post
Sort of a corollary to the original question....

I'm expecting new skis directly from Atomic. Is it safe for me to assume they'll have NOT been tuned or edges dulled or have had factory wax removed?
I have not seen a bad factory tune from Atomic for some time.

I always wax new skis before they hit the snow, but the days of nearly unskiable, concave bottoms on new skis appears to be about over.

Before you dull a tip, try a bit more bevel.
post #7 of 13
I was dead serious about carrying a small quarter sized pebble in my pocket and did that any time I had new skis or had a shop work on them.

Since my kid took over tuning ... don't need it anymore ...

This was much more true like ten or fifteen years ago .... I only had to use the pebble once for a friend who was pretty new .... and couldn't handle a good tune. But it used to be common.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks for the info. I will wax them.......pain in the ass..
post #9 of 13
As someone who has only skied on rentals and am about to use my own skis for the first time, how will I know if the tips and tails need to be detuned?
post #10 of 13
Nick29, what level are you skiing at? Matched turns with extension?
post #11 of 13
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Nick29, what level are you skiing at? Matched turns with extension?
Well, I can carve and think I have decent flexion/extension on blue slopes, but my turns turn into more of a scarve and I get a little stiffer when it gets steeper. I'd like to think I'm a solid level 7. I'm pretty comfortable with all but the steepest of what they label as black around here (which would probably be steeper blues out west), but I have no off-piste and very little powder experience (in large part due to my location).
post #12 of 13
I got some new skis as well (Atomic), when I wax them for the first time, is there only one way that I must scrape the wax off? I heard something about hair and that I could only scrape one way, is this true? If yes - what way?!
post #13 of 13
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I got some new skis as well (Atomic), when I wax them for the first time, is there only one way that I must scrape the wax off? I heard something about hair and that I could only scrape one way, is this true? If yes - what way?!
Don't know about " only one way" but the overwhelming way is from tip to tail. That's the way I learned it from various sources and don't deviate. Would the ski still work if you went tail to tip? Who knows,: why try. Just go tip to tail.
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