Preparing Boots for the Season
Make sure you wear your ski boots around the house (be careful of the floors) so you get used to them and make sure you don’t have boots that hurt! If you do have problems, we can help take care of that before the season gets rolling.
Home On-hill Repair
Jim Perko who runs the on-hill repair shop at our home mountain has been a huge supporter of our ski club for many years. His shop offers a substantial discount to our club members on quality work ranging from release check, binding installation, edge/base tune, base grind to extensive damage repair.
It is important to properly care for your racer’s equipment. In this northeast region where terrains are often hard packed and icy, it is utmost important that all edges remain sharp at all times. Also, it’s recommended that all base and side bevels are set appropriately per skiers’ levels and race events. See your coach for the best advise.
When your child races, it quickly becomes cost and time prohibitive to rely on local ski shops for regular ski tuning mentioned above. We encourage parents to learn how to maintain their racer’s skis. Coaches and other experienced parents are valuable resources for you.
To properly tune skis, you’ll need several supplies. They require an initial investment, but they quickly pay for themselves when you see just how often you need to tune skis (add up the cost of visiting the ski shop each time and you’ll be happy you bought the supplies).
- Side edge guide
- Base edge guide
- Diamond stone 100mm
- Gummi stone
- 8” file
- 10” file
- Body file
- Bronze course or medium brush
- Nylon or horse hair polishing brush
- Hydrocarbon wax, temperature specific
- Plastic scraper 5mm
- Tool box to hold tools and wax
- Vises (about $100 for good quality)
- Ski tuning iron
Wax, wax, wax. Waxing does not only optimize performance, it also protects the base material. When the race skis are new, wax. When the base shows sign of dryness (with patches of white), wax. Inspect the base often (after each training day).
New or used skis should be hot-scraped to clean the bases from manufacturing debris or last season’s dirty snow. Then, wax with a COLD temperature wax. Use plenty of wax. The idea is to saturate the base with wax as deep as you can. Take your time and BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVERHEAT THE SKI! This will cause the base to bubble or the epoxy in the ski to fail. KEEP THE IRON MOVING AND IF THE WAX SMOKES, THE IRON IS TOO HOT!
After you are done, allow the ski to cool, then scrape, and brush. Then brush again. Then brush again. When the little white wax balls stop coming off the base, you are done.
Now, you can do it all over again! No kidding: the more you wax, the faster the skis will be. After the first layer of cold wax, switch to pink or white (if you are using Swix) or a temperature range of about 18 to 35 degrees F. Also, it is recommended you brush from tip to tail. It sounds like a lot, but 5 to 8 wax jobs before your skis hit the snow will make a big difference in how fast they are. Contact a coach with questions or for more specific info!
PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS! It is always better to do it right the first time. More online tutorials for waxing are available at the links below: