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The Ski Warehouse, Watertown MA

post #1 of 15
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Thinking about bringing in a couple pairs for a stone grind and some edge work. Has anyone ever gotten a tune here before? Good? Bad?
post #2 of 15
I work in Watertown, is that place still there? I went in once years ago. I think he's a former (Austrian?) racer. I thought I drove by and saw the sign down, but I could be mistaken.

If you can get out to Framingham the best bet would be to go to Summit Ski and Snowboard and have Mike Desantis do them. It's a bit expensive but he's amazing. His website is skimd.com

He's a former WC tuner and Volkl product manager.

Let us know if the watertown guy is still there.
post #3 of 15
Hey appreciate the tip on Summit, I was about to start looking for a good place in the same area to get tunes done... is Summit the consensus for the "best" place in the Boston area?
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Hey appreciate the tip on Summit, I was about to start looking for a good place in the same area to get tunes done... is Summit the consensus for the "best" place in the Boston area?
It's the only place I'll even consider going to.
post #5 of 15
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It's the only place I'll even consider going to.
Well, excluding Ski Market, right???

Thanks!!
post #6 of 15
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Hey, I also work in Watertown! I just tried calling the shop and the number was disconnected, so I'm guessing this means he may have shut down, but I'll run over there this afternoon and check. I know about Mike out in Framingham, but a $100 dollar grind isn't really in my budget... especially since I have a couple pairs that I want a new structure put into. I had heard good things about the guy here in town, that he and his wife run his shop, and he does all his tunes himself, and he knows what he's doing. I'll edit in an update after I go there this afternoon.
post #7 of 15
What Mike does to a pair of skis is incredible. He gets them to be better then the way they come out of the factory, he takes the bindings off to grind them, so bring a boot. He charges $85, but it's worth it. Both Kevin and I recently bought new Watea 84's and I brought them to him for mounting. Both of us were convinced to have him redo the bases and set the base edges.

He's shown me tunes and new skis where the base edge was at 2 or 3 degrees (or more.) He sets base edges for about .5 degrees.
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Originally Posted by WhatHaveIGottenMyselfInto View Post
Hey appreciate the tip on Summit, I was about to start looking for a good place in the same area to get tunes done... is Summit the consensus for the "best" place in the Boston area?
Yes. You will not do better, and might do a lot worse...
post #9 of 15
Mike is very good, and his prices are right in line with other tuners in NE with similar skills and shops. Not that there are many. I think that his price for a grind is almost identical to Graham Lonetto {Edgewise, Stowe} who was a WC tech for Sarah Schleper and others. Nobody in Eastern Mass comes close. There are a small handful of guys in the East who do similar work. Worth every dollar. The guy is skilled, you get HIS work, and his equipment investment is considerable.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
As previously guessed, this shop no longer exists. It's too bad that small stores like this are getting put out of business by the ski markets and ems's of the world...
post #11 of 15
I saw Summit's brochures and was intrigued. I was a little put off by the price, but given how rarely I have skis ground, its probably worth paying double to have it done right.

My bigger worry -- is it really ok to remove and replace bindings repeatedly?
post #12 of 15
Not a problem at all. As long as it's done properly, you should have no issues. You'd be surprised at how many times bindings come off and on skis used on the World Cup, for example. And a tech like Mike does it right.

The difference between the type of work that a "real" tech does, and the typical shop tune/grind....done by who knows who in some shops.....is like night and day. It's worth the money. And I have zero connection to Mike.
post #13 of 15
+1 to what Muleski said - and I also have no connection to him.
I found him because he used to be active here on epic, skidoc. I've suggested he gets active again, because he is incredibly knowledgeable. When I drop off or pick up skis from him I get quite the education.
post #14 of 15
i need to have a base repair done. should i make the trip out to summit or is there a decent place in boston that can do it?
post #15 of 15
Impressed with Mike. Went there ready to splurge, he took a look at the skis, pointed out a couple of things and asked me a few questions. Then told me he only had to sharpen the edges. Cost me a lot less than I was prepared to pay.
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