so I bought a new pair of afterbangs and I decided I was going to start tuning my own skis. I spend the better portion of my day in the sad excuse of a park my Wisconsin ski hill has to offer. Every once in a while I will get the opportunity to hit up some real mountains out west. I have been doin some researched and I am stumped. I am thinking about goin 1.5 degrees on the base and 2 degrees on the side and then detuning underfoot and at the tip and tale. does this sound like a good idea for someone who hits rails all day? thanks for the help
that is primarly for race skis. park skis get beat to shit, so it doesnt matter as much. detune underfoot and keep them waxed well. you can slightly sharpen the tips/tails if feel that you want a bit more carving ability.
but you have afterbangs, dont even worry about it. you wont be doing anything where you will need really good edge grip (such as pipe skiing)
Yeah if youre planning on using them for park (which is what im assuming since you bought park specific skis), then tuning the edges will probably hurt you more than it will help. Rails/boxes are a bear with sharp edges--its very easy to catch n edge and eat it. Obviously its all personal preference of how you want them to feel, but this is probably what most people (on NS) will tell you.
Anyone can ski deep pow and hit backcountry kickers, but only truly great skiers can handle the ice of the east.
so are you saying to just detune the whole ski then? or just leave the factory sharp edge there and detune underfoot? the only thing that scares me about detuning tip to tail is not being able to carve what so ever and just sliding around the mountain.
1 base 2 side is fine unless you're planning on dipping into some slalom courses occasionally. I like to very lightly detune my skis directly underfoot and at the tips, and then just ski on them for a few days to get them perfect. A stone grind once or twice a season is also a good idea to keep your base/edges level