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Tuning for skiing out west?

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I was wondering if there were any specific tunings or maintenance that I should have done to my skis before i get out there. I have never been out skiing out West before and I will going to UT in March. They are new Salomon all mountain skis (since I live in NJ) so they are in good shape but I was wondering if there is anything I could have done that will better prepare them (and me) for my adventure in Utah. Thanks.
post #2 of 13
ask the shop for a '1 and 1 on the edge & wax for tomorrow's conditions"

Have a six pack of brown bottles for the guys and ask for a hand finish on the wax.

You'll be just fine.
post #3 of 13
Oh yeah...

Get your skis tuned where you'll be skiing.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
ask the shop for a '1 and 1 on the edge & wax for tomorrow's conditions"

Have a six pack of brown bottles for the guys and ask for a hand finish on the wax.

You'll be just fine.
Decent enough advice for skiing big Western resorts. But if one normally has a different bevel (1-2, 1-3, or even worse, .5-2 or .5-3), it may require removal of excess side edge or base edge, then a corresponding change on return to "normal" - or even a base grind. I don't know the Salomon factory specs (or if MXPS keeps them there), but he needs to be aware of that.
post #5 of 13
Just ski what you normally ski, it's no real difference.

The only difference is you'll find the wax last longer.
post #6 of 13

worked for me

I gotta say, at least for the skis I had, that until I had the tune@ Snowbird my eastern tuned skis absolutely SUCKED out there. The gobs of dry snow was very grabby as it turned out and they claimed to have tightened up the structure of the base and thrown on a colder wax. Whatever it was things were much improved after the tune and skiing was easier.
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I gotta say, at least for the skis I had, that until I had the tune@ Snowbird my eastern tuned skis absolutely SUCKED out there. The gobs of dry snow was very grabby as it turned out and they claimed to have tightened up the structure of the base and thrown on a colder wax. Whatever it was things were much improved after the tune and skiing was easier.
It was your wax, and maybe your structure (if your bases were in sad repair in terms of existing structure, scrapes, flatness).

Recommendation is you keep your preferred base and side angles. As you ski the whole mountain most days, and if you gear is in good repair, rare that you need to mess with base angles.
post #8 of 13
I want to say it's the bases. I could definitely see a finer pattern on the structure after the tune. I had previously just waxed it back here with a general purpose wax before leaving but I guess the bases needed some work .... I never thought it would make so much difference on good snow. As soon as I got on packed powder (vs deep stuff where nothing seemed to matter, it was heaven with the badly tuned skis the skis would grab and it made the glide really unpredictable.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
and thrown on a colder wax.
that will do it.
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As soon as I got on packed powder (vs deep stuff where nothing seemed to matter, it was heaven with the badly tuned skis the skis would grab and it made the glide really unpredictable.
That snow was dry and cold. Tighter structure was good to get, but the big deal was probably that your GP wax wasn't quite hard enough.
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That snow was dry and cold. Tighter structure was good to get, but the big deal was probably that your GP wax wasn't quite hard enough.
Was ct55 in the group? Missed that.

Out of curiosity, how was your GP wax at Solitude? I bet that was the best day for it. I had Nobi Blue on top of Maplus Hard Base prep: fantastic all week except for the skate from Moonbeam to Eagle Express, full am sun and all.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice! Ill let you know how it goes.
post #13 of 13
Depending on where you are going and when, the conditions may be considerably different going forward as the weather just changed and provided a warm spell after having a great, extended cold spell with lots of soft. dryer snow. Now, you could be seeing a mixed bag, from firm hardpack, higher moisture content, corral reef to PP and powder, etc.
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