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The benefits of a good tune

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Thread Starter 
As a long time lurker on the forums I've seen a lot of beginners threads focusing on boot fit and the general lack of quality in rental boots. I think that one thing that isn't stressed too often is how poorly rental skis/used beginner skis are tuned. I had rented 3 or 4 times before buying my own skis and I always noticed how hard it was not to catch an edge while turning. After that I purchased my own skis (used) and took them to a shop to be tuned. I still noticed the same issues. I thought maybe its just me and as a beginner I can't turn. It seemed strange to me though that I would feel these metal splinters on my edges that weren't there on my friend's skis. And then I found a thread here about the dreaded bur. After reading this and several more threads on tuning I purchased my own kit and tuned my skis (making sure to remove the burs with a gummy stone). What a difference! Its amazing how easy it is to turn now - and my legs (especially my calves) don't hurt hardly at all. I will definitely be tuning my own skis from now on. I wish I had known this earlier. Would have saved a lot of falls and frustration while learning to turn.
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As one of my old ski patrol buddies used to say, "skiing on skis that are not tuned is like driving a car without air in the tires."

Skiing is not an easy sport, but with the right equipment (properly mounted, adjusted, and turned) it becomes a whole lot easier. Unfortunately, a huge portion of skiers are fighting their equipment, and are not even aware of it.
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Good for you snowaddict!  I became a pretty good tuner years before I became a pretty good skier.  There's nothing like knowing your skis are beveled and sharpened correctly and that your bases are fast (not only down the hill, but side to side - as in turning!)   And doesn't it feel great to be so close to your skis, you know exactly the condition they're in when you're on them.  (Not to mention I enjoy my time alone with my skis in my tuning shop.)

Props to Atomicman of course for his consistent reminder to us all to get rid of the hanging burr.  (He - and I - don't use a gummi for that, but a stone.)

Keep tuning and turning!

Oh and Welcome to EpicSki! :)
post #4 of 6
Welcome to Epic. Tuning can be very soothing and pleasant. Good tunes (the audio kind), a nice beverage and a pair or two of skis to stone and wax is a great way to end a ski day as well as a great way to get in the mood for going skiing.

These guys beat me to the stone, not a gummi, for removing burrs. Gummi is German for soft. A gummi won't last long doing major burr removal. It is a finishing or near finishing tool, depending on how far you go with your tunes.

For on the spot edge fixes, keep a small diamond or arkansas stone in your on slope kit. There is no need to wait for the end of day and being at home to remove such annoyances that you may will encounter on the hill.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome. I suppose I should have clarified but I did use a stone first and then finished with a gummi. And yes it was suprisingly relaxing and got me thinking of good thoughts of the weekend snow trip to come
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Welcome to Epic Snowaddict.   No one mentioned the other plus on tuning your own skis.   99.9 % of the time skis you tune and wax yourself will flat walk/slide away from anyone without a tune.  Always fun passing your friends, I usually say "wax" as I am going bye.

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