If you haven’t already invested some time into a good solid tune on your gear this season- now is the time. The groomers are perfect and rippable for carving. Sharp edges make it easier to turn and grip for all around consistent skiing.
Feel like you’re not getting the most out of your turns? Perhaps it’s those dull edges. Here is a quick tutorial on how to sharpen those edges and lay down some big turns the next time you’re out on the hill. The following instructions may look intimidating, but we didn’t want to leave out a single step.
Tools: vice (essential), sharp file, file guide, clamp, file card, diamond stone, scotch guard sponge, masking tape
- Lock your ski to the vice so that the base is facing away from you, and the brakes are secured with rubber bands.
- Take your file guide and attach a sharp file with a spring clamp. NOTE: Use a 91 degree file guide for fatter skis and a 92 or 93 degree angle file guide for skinny/racing skis.
- Make long strokes starting at the tip and moving downward on the ski. Move toward the tail to knock off any big burs. Always move the file from tip to tail, and allow the file to do the work for you.
- With the same file, take 12” strokes and be sure to overlap each. Remember, always tip to tail.
- Take a slightly smaller and finer file repeating steps 2 & 3. The smaller file will help create that smooth and even edge we all want.
- It’s now time to reposition the ski in the vice and prepare to clean up the base bevel. By wrapping a sharp file with 3-4 layers of masking tape you will create a rudimentary guide that will remove edge burrs but not scratch the base of the ski.
- Using the file guide, work the file down the base of the ski maintaining a steady pressure while also maintaining a consistent distance from the masking tape guide to the base edge. Again, you should first take a few long passes, then move onto 12” strokes.
- For the icing on the cake, use a diamond stone to finish the edge so that it is smooth and sharp. Be sure to use water when running the diamond stone on the edge. Water is needed because it lubricates the metal so that the diamond surface polishes the freshly tuned edge better.
- Lastly, take the scotch brite sponge (using the rough green side) and dull the edges at the tip and tail of the ski. Begin where the ski transitions to the tip and work the edge until it is noticeably less sharp. Repeat this process for the tail section.
- Get out there and enjoy your hard work!
Don’t have the tools or time to tune your gear? Drop it off with our rental shop and we’ll hook you up. Plus, we’re the only place at the base that tunes while you wait. Of course, tunes are guaranteed overnight- so they’ll be sitting pretty for you early morning. Carve away!