FAQs and General Info

Hanging Burr

(FAQ) After performing side edge sharpening and polishing, a hanging burr can be formed which may feel like a razor sharp corner. This can create hooking of the edge and unexpected edge action. Removing the burr is necessary and and easy final edge tuning step. By placing a hard stone on the base edge, and…

Not much has really changed since 1941

Skis, boots. binding and tuning video from 1941

The more things change, the more things remain the same…..but get more complicated and expensive.   For training USA mountain troops in 1941. In this segment, we learn how to choose the proper ski length, how to choose and take care of boots, how to adjust bindings, how to care for ski edges and ski…

Base Cleaning: Hot Scrape or Cleaner??

(FAQ) There is a school of thought that base cleaners/wax removers should never be used on the ski bases and hot scraping is the only method to employ for cleaning ski and snowboard bases. The thinking is cleaners will dry out the bases and destroy the wax saturation level and optimal glide achieved through repetitive…

Plastic Wax Scraper Sharpening

(FAQ) Like any cutting tool, you need to keep sharp for quicker, easier & better results. Why waste the material and just toss them when they can be used for years. Having a few sharpened scrapers around is also nice when you have a lot of scraping. A plexi-scraper works best when it’s edge is…

Trimming & Waxing Climbing Skins

(FAQ) Measuring and cutting climbing skins can be easily facilitated and more convenient by securing the ski to a vise. With the ski secure, attach the tail as directed by the manufacturer and pull towards the tip to measure the bend at the tip bale in place. Cut the excess and peel back and cut…

Edge Tuning Geometry Beveling, Sharpening and Polishing

Sharp and smoothly polished edges, with correct edge geometry (aka properly ‘tuned’) are critical to maximize the carving capability and overall performance of your expensive board(s). What tools and techniques do you employ? There are simply too many variables to grasp without time, experience, defining personal goals, cost and other considerations. As with skis, snowboards…