Saturday, November 12, 2011

Videos - How to Sharpen and Wax Your Skis

Sometimes overlooked, a properly tuned set of skis can certainly enhance your families skiing experience particularly when the snow is hard and icy. However, bringing 4 or more sets of skis down to the ski-shop every 4-6 trips can get expensive quickly.

So I made some investments to get necessary tools to tune and wax our skis at home. (See my gear list below the videos)  Its actually pretty easy to do.  A basic tune up will keep your family happy on the slopes as they will know they can ski in any conditions with confidence.

Many thanks to my son Alec for putting these videos together! I hope you find these videos useful.

Edge Tuning Video.

Waxing Video

There are more advanced techniques to fix gouges in ski bases and to make sure the bases are flat. Depending on the response to these videos - I may make a base repair video next. Let me know what you think of these videos!

Tuning and Waxing Gear List

You can find all of these items at Tognar Toolworks and Racewax. I am not paid by these companies. These sites have the best information and customer service I have found on the web.

For the Work Bench
  • Ski Vise
  • Rubber Bands or Brake Retainers

For Edge Sharpening
  • Gummi Stone
  • Pocket Stone
  • Edge Bevel Tool with File
  • Medium Diamond Stone
  • Paint Brush (to brush off filings)
  • Spray Water Bottle
  • Rag

For Waxing
  • Ski Waxing Iron
  • Nylon Brush
  • Brass Brush
  • Plastic Wax Scraper
  • Warm Hydrocarbon Wax
  • All-temp or Universal Wax
  • Paint Brush (to brush of wax scrapings)

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