I was on here a few weeks ago asking for input regarding tools and equipment needed to tune ski edges. After some valuable advice (thanks again to everyone that chimed in) I purchased roughly $120 worth of sundry tools, equipment, and wax. I dutifully followed the instructions I’d seen on U-tube and read about here. And by George, a careful tuning and hot waxing does make a big difference. Well at least it did for me. I was really amazed at how different my skis felt yesterday, in a very good way. I was able to control the skis much better, even though they were faster. I could turn on a dime without much effort. In general I had one of my best days skiing.
I also had one my most spectacular ass over tea kettle train wrecks, a real bone crunching catch the inside edge at mach speed when making a super g right turn into a instant spin about ski backwards for a micro-second on one ski before the unintended back flip/cart wheel across the slope and smash into the chain link fence upside down on your head. My back and neck sounded like a concert of knuckle-crackers, I mean I heard more snaps and pops when I slammed into the fence than an olympic sized swimming pool full of Rice Crispys and milk. Good thing I wear a helmet. But the question is…why did I crash and burn so massively? Because my skis felt so freaking good. I was laying it out, pushing the envelope of my ability, and when you’re on the edge it doesn’t take much to stray across the line and lose it. So I blame everyone here that advocates tuning and hot waxing for my sore neck and back (nothing broken, strained, or pulled, thank Budda). Actually, I feel much better today than I thought I would. I immediately hit the Advil after the wipe out and kept skiing to stay loose, though I took it easy the rest of the afternoon.
In conclusion, tuning and waxing made my skis feel and ski much better, which is good and bad. Good in that the skiing was great, bad in that the skiing was great and I was lured into the let’s see how hard and far I can push it crowd, which ended in the inevitable flame out. Next time I’ll try to keep it just a little tamer, but I’m sold on home tuning and waxing.