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You’ll know it’s time for a tune-up by the look and feel of your skis. Burred edges and worn bases are easy to spot. You will notice the difference on the snow. This is where the “feel” of the skis comes in. Dull edges make turns feel harder to initiate and harder to keep on track. Rough bases can feel sluggish. A ski that looks rough and performs even worse is overdue for a fresh tune.
Tuned skis will feel more like they did when they were new. Tuning is only half of the equation. Skis need wax. The Ptex base that skis are made of is a porous material. It’s designed to slide on snow in conjunction with wax that fills those pores. Without the wax water, dust and grime will take its place making the ski slower and less responsive. Wax should be applied throughout the season.
The more you ski, the more wear and tear you’ll have on your skis, so tuning “regularly” will come in shorter intervals depending on how much time you spend on the slopes. Snow conditions also have an effect on wear and tear; hard and icy conditions 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. Typically once or twice a season is good. I tune my personal skis every four of five outings.
*Please note: Your skis can not be brought back from the dead! If they have lots of heavy surface rust we will do our best. Your skis will ski much better, but they will not come out as well as a well maintained pair of skis. They will be much faster and responsive than they were.
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