How do I know if my skis need tuning?

If you notice your skis aren’t gripping as well, initiating a turn as easily, sliding on the snow as fast, you’ve waited too long for a tune. When you go out skiing or riding you want your gear to feel good, that way you get the most out of your gear and lift ticket! Examine the bases of your skis when you get home.

How do you detune ski tips and tails?

So for shaped skis find the contact point of the tip and tail (you can do this by placing the ski on a flat surface and marking the sidewall at the points that the ski contacts the flat surface) and detune from contact point forward on the tip and contact point backward on the tail.

What does a ski tune up include?

A basic tune-up will include a sand-grind to flatten and clean the base. They will also sharpen the edges, de-tune the tale and tip, and apply a hot wax treatment. You may also have the option of paying extra for a stone-grind to help add structure to the base.

What angle do you tune ski edges?

Side edge bevels are commonly 1° – 3° with the high number indicating a more acute angle to penetrate farther into hard snow….Recreational Skier Bevel Recommendations.

Average Recreational Skier Hard Snow Soft Snow
Base Edge Bevel .5° – 1°
Side Edge Bevel 2° – 3° 1° – 2°

Can I tune my own skis?

Minor edge work is easy to do at home, but extensive repairs and sharpening are best done at a ski shop. Always finish up your tuning by waxing your skis. It’s also recommended that you wax your skis throughout the ski season even if you’re not doing base or edge repairs.

What is included in a ski tune up?

How much does it cost to get your skis tuned?


Wet Belt Bases belted flat $15 $20
Sharpen and Wax Edges sharpened & polished and hot belt waxed & buffed $25 $30
Basic Tune Bases wet belted, edges sharpened & polished and hot belt waxed $35 $40
Junior Basic Tune (150 cm or less) $30 n/a

What is a ski full tune?

Ski tuning is an essential part of skiing. Just like a car’s engine, skis need regular tune-ups to ensure optimal performance. After a tune-up, your skis will be faster, grip the snow better, and they won’t hook or catch on snow or ice. In short, regular ski tuning will help you have a great time on the hill.