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3 degree base on 99mm width skis?

post #1 of 8
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My wider skis are 99mm at the waist and I use them for soft snow/powder at western resorts skiing off piste steeps, bumps and trees.  Is there any disadvantage of having a 3 degree side on these skis?  My bases are at 1 degree.
post #2 of 8

Base at 1 and side at 3 is always a good call, no matter the width of the ski.

 

However, your title says 3 degree base, and that is a baaaad thing!

post #3 of 8
Well, let's approach the question from a different perspective-

A 1*/ 3* ski will hold an edge and carve well on hard snow (if the ski itself will).

Skiing soft snow/ powder at western resorts off-piste in the bumps and in the trees requires... well it doesn't require much, but carving and trees/ bumps go together like warm mayonaisse and pubic hair, or, a cold porkchop in a dirty ashtray. If you like that sort of thing then it'll be fine.

Take a diamond stone, hold it a 45* angle to the edge, rub vigorously. Done. You now have a mid-fat ski for bumps/trees/powder.
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Originally Posted by volklgirl View Post

Base at 1 and side at 3 is always a good call, no matter the width of the ski.

 

However, your title says 3 degree base, and that is a baaaad thing!


Sorry.  It should say 3 degree side.  My bad.
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

A 1*/ 3* ski will hold an edge and carve well on hard snow (if the ski itself will).

 


Or, probably more importantly, if the skier will.  Would you recommend a 1 or 2 degree edge for these purposes over 3 degrees?
post #6 of 8
I do, yeah. I run a 1*/ 2* on my skis that aren't race skis... but I ski in Stowe and we don't always have soft snow (I still find myself 'detuning' for a while after base repairs to get the right combo of carvie on groom/ smearie in trees that I want). If I skied soft snow all the time I'd run a 1*/ 1* and detune till I had a 'butter knife-like' edge.

I like skis that are either torsionally rigid with dull edges or torsionally soft with sharper edges, I do not like torsionally rigid with sharp edge off-piste and I don't like torsionally soft with dull edges on groomers.

(I'm also not a fan of mayonaisse or ashtrays).
post #7 of 8
Sorry to high jack.  I just got some tuning tools for Christmas, and I think i did it in slightly incorrect order.  First I waxed, then when I got done and I decided to tune.  So I scraped the metal part of my bases to get the rust off and flatten them, then I did the 45* rub on the edges to dull em down just a bit, but then i noticed that on my original grind, I took off 1/32 of an inch of my wax job just inside metal edges, should I re-wax?
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
trees/ bumps go together like warm mayonaisse and pubic hair, or, a cold porkchop in a dirty ashtray.

hahahah! Yeah, it does feel like that!
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