Why do skis need
to be maintained?
It is extremely important to keep
your skis maintained. Ski tuning is required in order to
obtain the highest performance possible from them which ensures a
safer journey for you. In addition, well maintained skis will
give you better control and gliding abilities as well as extend the
life of your skis.
What needs to be
edges, and bindings all
need regular tuning. The
base of your skis can dry out over time and they will become very
slow and sticky on the mountain.
Another thing that needs maintenance is your bindings. It is
important, that as the years go by, you make sure they are releasing
assure that they come off on a bad fall yet stay on properly when
they need to.
addition, your metal edges must be kept relatively sharp in order
to successfully carve a ski turn.
What can I do to protect my skis on a
There are many things that you
can do on an everyday basis to care for your skis. Here are
some helpful hints for everyday storage and maintenance:
Always dry your skis after
skiing so that the edges do not rust.
Store your skis in a dry,
moderate temperatures -- avoid extremes. If there is too
much moisture in the air the edges may rust.
For summer storage, it is
best to use a light coating of oil on the edges of skis to
prevent rust. In addition, turn down your release
settings. This will keep your release settings
consistent for a longer period of time.
Dirt and salt can corrode
your bindings, so be sure to keep them clean at all times to
eliminate any type of malfunction.
Properly buckle up your boots
after each use to help keep their shape.
Make sure your boots dry out
after using them.
Keep soles of the boots clean
and free of dirt so that they release more consistently from
Always use a ski bag to
protect your skis when traveling either by car or plane. This
will protect the skis and make them easier to carry.
How to tune skis?
The easiest option, especially
for a beginner, is to take them to a reputable ski shop and have
them tuned. Depending on the state your skis this may mean that
they need wax, edges sharpened and/or the base tuned. In addition,
have the bindings checked to make sure they operate properly and are
set on the correct setting for your weight and ability.
If you opt
to do the tuning yourself there are a variety of do-it-yourself
manuals and videos to help. The internet is a great source of
information. You can find ski tuning tips on skiing message boards
and websites. Skiing magazines are also another great source
of information. You will always be able to find tips and
articles on ski tuning. Lastly, check with the manufacturer.
What better source on advice for tuning your skis then from those
that produced them.