Originally Posted by Mutorq
Well, you see, this is rather subjective for my novice appraisal skills as I don't really know how sharp sharp should be--er, what kind of burrs are really going to affect performance, what physical defects really matter, etc.
seems folks neglected to answer your query on the sharpness of one's edges.
a general guideline is to run your thumbnail (doesn't matter whether it's your left or right thumb) perpendicular to your edges (do this at several different points along the ski, such as tip, binding/boot sole area, tail). you should be able to peel off a small layer of fingernail by just lightly applying pressure to the edge. the more you pull/scrape off, the sharper your edges are. the less you can pull off, without really applying pressure of the thumb to the edge, the duller your edges are. unless you are skiing boilerplate or ice, as long as you're getting some of your fingernail off, you should be good to go.
other'n that, i've gone several season w/o storage wax and my sticks are just fine. i think it helps that i keep 'em inside the house (they are actually lined up on the wall across from my bed), so they don't get hit with the type of elemental damage that can be done in a garage.
this summer, however, i've been using them at least 2X (sometimes 4X) a month, so i've been regularly waxing, scraping, and hot-boxing them. i imagine they'll be in pretty good shape (the bases at least) come the new season's start in Oct.