Before you ski over to Mott, Killebrew, or any of the other new terrain we’ve opened at Heavenly, February is a great time to check in on your equipment. All the runs you’ve taken the past few months can take a toll on your skis or board.
I checked in with Mike Allen, our Director of Skier Services, for tips on how to get your equipment ready for a smooth rest of the winter:
-First, assess the condition of your base. Look for scratches and small punctures.
If serious damage has been done, bring them to a shop. We can grind them exactly to the manufacturers specs and put the edge bevel exactly how you like them.
If you can handle the tune up yourself:
-Fill in the deeper punctures with a Ptex stick. Make sure to let it burn hot enough to melt off the carbon.
Take your time. Prop your hand on base and go very slowly. A full stick or at least half stick is needed for a pair of skis.
-Next, lightly use a sharp scraper to work off any extra Ptex. Don’t be too aggressive.
Your base is now cleaned out so it’s time to take care of nicks on your edges.
-A ski shop can sell you (or let you borrow) a file guide. Gentle, flat, base filing will take the burr from being a round ball to being elongated to stick out on the side. From there, swap the file to the side of your ski.
-Now that you’re edges are sharpened and your scrapes filled in, you’re ready for regular waxing. A well moisturized base will allow the ski to turn easier. Waxing is important not solely for speed but also maneuverability.
-Ideally, you should wax your skies every 30-50k vertical feet. For moderate skiers, that’s every few days.
-Rub on wax is not nearly as effective as a good iron. A good wax iron won’t have the temperature fluctuations that a pressing iron has.
-Keep in mind that you don’t need to overdo it with too much wax. Let the entire ski cool (not just base surface) before you start to scrape with a plastic scraper. A metal scraper can take too much off the base and ptex.
-Next, brush off any excess. A simple plastic brush should do almost as good a job as horse hair or metal.
Once brushed, polish your ski with the plastic side of a dish washing pad and then a sock or rag.
-Make sure your bindings are set up with the right tensions. If it’s your first season skiing you may have progressed to the point that you need to modify your release point.
-Some new skis are coming out with self-mounting tracks. Make sure that your track setting hasn’t loosened and moved to a different setting.
-In the spring, back off the springs a bit. Let out some binding tension but don’t forget to put them back to where they were before you put them away for the season.
Have any questions about tuning? Let us know or stop by any of our ski shops. Happy February skiing!