A Beginner's Guide to Ski Tuning
Now that you’ve found your perfect pair of skis, it’s time to learn about how to keep them in tip-top shape.
Ski tuning is an essential part of skiing. Just like a car’s engine, skis need regular tune-ups to ensure optimal performance.
After a tune-up, your skis will be faster, grip the snow better, and they won’t hook or catch on snow or ice.
In short, regular ski tuning will help you have a great time on the hill.
Can I tune my skis at home?
Yes, like carpentry, ski tuning is a skill that anyone can learn to do at home with practice, patience and the right set of tools.
That being said, it’s a good idea to seek out professional help if you’re a new skier. There’ll be plenty of time to go deep into the technicalities of ski tuning once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of the sport.
On the other hand, many pro skiers are happy to leave ski tuning to the professionals. It’s quick, convenient and cost-effective.
At Skiis & Biikes, our technicians handle thousands of skis per year. They have specialized machines and equipment to repair, sharpen, grind and wax skis with ease.
If your heart is truly set on going down the DIY route, read our article on how to tune your skis at home. And you can always ask our gear heads for advice the next time you come by the shop. We love to talk skis!
How does professional ski tuning work?
Inspection The first thing our ski tuners will do when you come into the shop is inspect your skis for damage. Beyond the usual wear and tear, they’ll be looking for any scrapes or gouges caused by uneven terrain. Base damages can be fixed by using a technique called welding, which involves pressing hot melted PTEX plastic into the ski base.
Edge Sharpening Sharp edges are your ticket to carving down the slope like a pro. A sharpened ski will grip hard-packed snow and give you stability as you engage a turn. Our techs use TK to bevel skis to the desired degree, which normally means returning your ski to its “factory settings.” That means the ski’s original base and side angles.
Base Grinding This process takes off a very fine layer of the base material (about the same thickness as your finger point), cleaning minor scratches and painting a glide-enhancing structure in your base.
Hot Waxing For those who demand the best glide, we offer a hand hot wax. Based on the specific snow temperatures this is a sure way to make you get down the hill fast.
How often should I tune my skis?
We get a lot of questions about how often you should tune or wax your skis. The answer to that question really depends on how often you ski and in what snow conditions, but the answer is still basically the same: Regularly.
Quite simply, the more you ski, the more wear and tear you’ll have on your skis, so “Regularly” will come in shorter intervals depending on how much time you spend on the slopes. Snow conditions also have a variable effect on wear and tear; hard and icy snow will have a bigger impact on your equipment. More wear on the edges and more wear on the bases means you’ll need to tune those skis more often.