Ski Tune for Handling Ice
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December 3, 2003
Member since 01/6/2000 🔗
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There was an interesting side discussion on the "What do you ski?" thread concerning the importance of well-tuned skis to be able to properly ski ice (which we may *occasionally* get here on the East Coast). Let's not concern ourselves with whether the pilot or the equipment or the condition of the equipment is the most important factor; there seemed to be consenus that all play a role.

Assuming that we are talking about skiing the Mid-Atlantic during a typical winter, how often (or after how many ski days) should skis be tuned to perform well on ice? Any other relevant maintenance besides having edges sharpened?

I will debur my edges using a pocket tuner before an icy day. While my edges may be sharp overall, I've found through experience that I can notice grabby spots when turning on ice due to burs from hitting rocks, snowboarders, etc. The deburring seems to help.

December 3, 2003
Member since 11/25/2003 🔗
53 posts
if only the snowboarders would be well rounded as to not put burrs on our edges as we ride over them.....

I ski 3-5 days per week (ok - 3-4 nights & 1-2 weekend days)... While many seem to disagree - I give a wax job every week or 2. But - the edges only get hit 2-3 times per season. Reason being is that I have found that in my personal skiing - when I go from skiing on dull edges to sharp ones, I ski much better than if I skied sharp edges all the time on icy days. Something about being forced to be more dynamic, early in the turn, etc....

A stone is always in my ski bag for de-burring also.

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