I’m wondering if my DIY tune has ruined a pair skis.
The skis are 2004/05 Volkl SuperSport 6-Stars. I found them recently at a garage sale for a ridiculously low price of only $10, which included the rail mounted Marker bindings. From an internet search, I gather these were one of the hottest ski models for the time. I’m expecting that I will have fun with them this season.
Aside from some steel edge surface tarnish (probably from road salt) they were in almost new condition. Probably very very few ski days on them. Hardly a mark on the bottoms and no dings to the steel edges.
But I decided to do a DIY tune anyway.
What’s got me concerned is that I can’t believe how much material I’ve removed to bring the base flat with the edge steel. My method of bottom shaping is scraping with a tool-grade straight edge until the bottom has become even with the edge steel. I had to scrape for quite some time before I got “flat”. Now, by shining a light behind a very straight stainless steel ruler, I know I’ve got the base very flat.
I’ve used the same technique several years ago on a pair of brand new “got them for a song” Dynastar Speed 63’s that had been misplaced in the ski shop’s inventory. The factory tune was very close to flat vis-à-vis the edge.
So the reason for this post is to ask if I’ve done more harm than good to the Volkl 6-Stars. Was the high base (relative to the edges) integral to Volkl’s design that year?