Should you detune your skis?

Should you detune your skis?

When a new board or pair of skis is given its first tune up, many shops will recommend detuning the contact points to keep the edges from catching unexpectedly and jerking the rider or skier around no matter what they prefer to ride.

What is the difference between race skis and regular skis?

Racing skis are generally more expensive because they feature high-end technology. They have a stiffer flex pattern to be able to hold turns at high speed. Recreation or town league racers can find skis that are softer versions of World Cup level race skis.

How sharp are race skis?

Depending on the discipline (SL, GS, SG and DH), these edges will vary. Slalom skis are generally set to a sharper angle i.e 87o or sometimes 86 o on the side edge and a base bevel of 0 – 0.5 o . This allows the ski to obtain maximum grip during the short sharp turns.

Can you ski on race skis?

These skis are usually only skied by advanced racers, and can be difficult to ski. Cheater skis for Slalom or Giant Slalom are called SL R or GS R. These skis are softer flexing and often feature a slightly shorter turn radius than FIS regulation skis for the respective discipline.

Is ski racing hard?

Taylor, “alpine ski racing requires a rare combination of strength, agility, fine motor skills, stamina, and even flexibility.” Put together, it’s clear that ski racing is one of, if not the toughest sport out there. It takes a lot to excel in it, so you should be proud to be a ski racer.

What is a stiff ski good for?

SOFTER SKIS VS. Generally speaking, skis that have a stiff flex will feel stable at speed and have good precision on hard snow. Stiff skis grip better on hard snow, too, because they maintain full-edge contact and don’t bounce off the snow. However, a ski that is too stiff will buck you around and burn out your quads.

Should I wax my skis at the end of the season?

Wax skis before storing them The beauty of this end-of-season chore is that the scraping step of waxing (the time-consuming part) is not even necessary. Just leave the thick coat of wax on the base and even dripped over the edges for protection.

Should new skis be waxed?

When you first get a new pair of skis, chances are it’s been a while since they came out of the factory so it’s critical to get some wax on them so they run fast and smooth. your new skis really just need a wax coat every couple of weeks and some shop work once or twice a season.

What is detuning on a ski or snowboard?

Detuning is the dulling, often by a file, of certain parts of the edge on a ski or snowboard. While the area that gets detuned and how far the edge is word down is up to the rider or skier’s preference, in general the contact points of a ski or snowboard are what’s going to be detuned.

Can a factory detune be reversed on a ski?

Yes, a factory detune can, in essence, be reversed. To detune a ski or snowboard, you need to run it through a factory-grade machine. The locations in town that have a re-tuning machine are Footloose and Mammoth Mountain.

How do you cut the base of a ski?

Hold the ski in a vise with the base up and use a Base BEAST and an 8″ mill file to establish your base edge bevel. Begin on the far edge with extended arms and pull file toward you with 8-12″ strokes. Rotate the ski 180° in vise to work on the other edge.

How do you clean the edge of a ski?

Begin on the far edge with extended arms and pull file toward you with 8-12″ strokes. Rotate the ski 180° in vise to work on the other edge. Tip: Beginning tuners should darken the edge with felt tip pen and file until the entire edge is shiny.This technique gives you a visual on how much edge material you are removing.