This guide is designed to advise what to do, why to do it & when to do it. It’s impossible to put into words how to actually use the different tuning tools etc & still pictures don’t really help either. So if you can make it to Nottingham for a tuning lesson then great but if the distance is a problem then I’d recommend reading this guide in conjunction with viewing the tuning DVD that I offer to see how to use the various tools correctly. The DVD is certainly the best ‘how to do it’ tuning DVD/video available.
I learned all of work elements from ex World Cup technicians & have developed them through years of commercial experience as opposed to other guides that just blindly repeated some of the old ski tuning wives tales that abide, therfore every element is tried'n'tested & is in the correct sequence.
So, do you really need to spend £700+ on every conceivable piece of tuning gear? No, of course not, although the truth is that a basic tuning kit with a set of vices is going to cost about £200-£250 depending on whether you buy a proper wax iron. At a cost of between £25 for a basic high street store’s repair, wax & edge ‘butchering’ job then the pay back time is really quick so the DIY tuning route is really a financial no-brainer for the regular skier who wants way better performance or for the multiple ski-owning family.
And do you really need to do every step in the guide in minute detail? No, of course not. Tuning a pair of my own skis can take anything from a few minutes end of day edge touch-up to a couple of hours for a ‘full monty’ post stone grind tune, depending upon what I want, how much time I have & whether I can be bothered or not. An edge tune, hot scrape clean & final wax will take the average DIY tuner under an hour, ideally with a break in the middle to allow the final wax coat to cool. A quick edge polish, wax & brush in less than half an hour is easily done.
What I’d recommend is that new DIY tuners read & review all the elements in the guide to then enable them to select the tools & methodology required that suits their time, performance requirements & budget etc. Please feel free to call or email me with any queries re tools or techniques etc.