MOST Skiers & Snow Boarders (80%) Have their gear waxed once per season. Of the 80%, half of those have their gear waxed multiple times per season. Wax every 3 to 5 times of use.
PARK AND PIPE RIDERS NEED TO DETUNE THE EDGES, make them dull.
SAFETY CHECK GEAR
KEY TO SAFETY is wear and tear, along with defective manufacturing and design. Plastic, Springs has a lifetime.
RECALLS Check your items – Helmets Bindings Boots https://www.cpsc.gov/
Binding Indemnity – All manufacturers supply a certified list of bindings the shops will work on and test. Most swaps will check. If a Binding is not certified and not covered by insurance, A shop will refuse to service.
This does not mean the binding is bad, but you assume all risks
EASY WAX, TUNE, EDGE
EDGE TUNE FIRST BEFORE WAXING.
EASY EDGE TUNE– Use a set of diamond stones, 400 and 600 Grit sandpaper will work. You are not cutting angles but reducing the edge burrs and nicks.
EASY WAXING – Use a universal wax like a crayon and rub it on the base. Use a scotch brite pad to rub and create a bit of heat by friction.
HOT WAXING – Requires an iron to melt wax and heat wax into the base material. It should never SMOKE or the Iron is too hot. Apply Hot wax, melt in, let cool, scrape off excess wax, then rush with a nylon brush tip to tail.
ADVANCED WAX, EDGE, TUNE, REPAIRS
Advanced tuning will require brushes, Iron, Tools for gouge repair, Ptex candles, P-Tex String, Files or devices es to help set the base and side edge. If you have a family or visit a resort frequently learning and investing in tools will pay for themselves.
TEXT w Photos KUU Tuning Manual (PDF) Snowboard but works for Skis.
BASE REPAIRS Tognar Has infomation on many repairs and Tognar sells the repair materials and tools.
VIDEOS BY WILLI WILTZ PRO TUNER
PRO TUNER WILLI WILTZ VIDEO SERIES
BASE, SIDE, AND WAX