I have been tuning my skis for several years with more or less of the "whatever I do is better than nothing" attitude. However, now that I am racing and have seen the benefits of a proper tune, I have become much more particular about my process. I am fairly happy with my process as I have a noticeably sharper edge, better glide, and longer lasting wax, but I am still unsure how I should be addressing the base edge. In the past I have always run a fine diamond stone over the edge to knock off any burrs caused from the sharpening of the side edge; however, as has been well covered on the forum, this leads to a gradual increase of the base bevel. Since I am starting at .5, I think that doing this 3-5 times per week would relatively increase my bevel quite a bit. On the other hand, leaving it alone leaves burrs all along the length of my ski. In recreational tuning and speed events, I would think that the burrs are worse than the increasing base bevel because quick edge transitions are not as critical while glide proves very important. However, in tech events (the only ones that I race) base bevels are often set between 0 and .5 so any small cleaning has the potential to drastically change the angle. Also, since I do not have multiple pairs of skis for gatekeeping/slipping/warmup runs and the actual race, my edges have already seen 3-5 runs of non critical hard skiing. Will these runs dull the edges enough to eliminate the negative effects of the burrs?
Any thoughts on this?