5 Signs Your Ski Gear Needs Tuning

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When winter rolls around and it’s time to hit the slopes, nothing is more important than making the most of it.  Beginners may not think of maintenance but anyone who’s experienced can tell you what a difference regular attention to your equipment can make.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell when you’re due for some tuning and shops will try their hardest to make sure it’s as often as possible.  Below are 5 solid tips that will help you know when to have your skis looked at.

1.  Bottoms Lacking in Luster

If the bottoms of your skis seem dull or scuffed, it’s probably because there isn’t much of a wax coating.  This protective layer significantly affects your handling and even your speed.

Your bottoms should be smooth and shiny, just like the day you got them. There’s actually a perfect time in the season for this but we’ll get to that in a bit.

2.  Dull Blades

The edges of your skis shouldn’t be bumpy or worn.  They are key for precision when moving on the snow.  You’ll find that older and more compact snow can wear these down as you maneuver a lot.

Run your finger gently along the edge of your skis regularly to stay on top of this.

3.  Concave or Convex?

The shape of your base is a clear indicator of how badly your skis may need to be looked at.  The bottom should be smooth and most importantly, flat.  The shape you want your skis to be is convex – that is, with the base touching floor.

If the base is bowing slightly and the edges are touching ground more than the middle, your skis will be performing nowhere near the way they should be.

4.  How They Feel

After you’ve got enough time under your belt, you’ll be able to tell the difference between bad slope conditions and something being awry with your gear.

Weird turning may have to do with your edges and more friction than you’re used to could be an issue with the base.  Being too careful won’t hurt.

5.  The Right Time

The rougher the slope, the more you’ll want to have them looked at.  If you do a lot of skiing and your advanced, you can bring your skis to the shop as often as every 3 days.  If you’re a little more casual you can get away with up to 8 or 9 days before worrying about it.

A little earlier we talked about when it’s best to think about the wax on your skis.  Besides when it’s needed, the end of the season is a surprisingly great opportunity.  Your skis will have seen a lot of action by the spring and the coating of wax will help protect them through the summer.

Remember, there’s no such thing as caring too much about your gear! If you don’t want to do it yourself, bring your gear to the pro. At Mount St. Louis Moonstone, we have a Pro Shop that will give your ski full tune-up for $34.95, with discount for members to Mount St. Louis Moonstone. Find us at the Rental Fleet and we’ll take good care of your gear!

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