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Why do I need my skis/board tuned?
To protect your eqipment and to make it ride better. A well-tuned ski or board glides better and has better edge control. It’s safer to ride. If you’ve done serious damage, you risk getting moisture inside the board where it will slowly rot.
How often should I get my skis/board tuned?
That depends on how often you go riding, on your personal standards and on the conditions. Wax disappears pretty quickly, so for optimal riding you would have a wax before every day’s skiing. But we recommend a couple of standard tunes a season, or following any base damage. It’s definitely a good idea to get a tune-up at the season start and to repair any damage before the board goes in the cupboard for the summer.
What’s a major repair?
Any damage that can’t be fixed by a full tune. When the base is damaged through to the core of the skis, it’s called a “core shot” and can only be repaired properly with a base patch, where we cut a section of the base out and replace it with a brand new piece. Other major repairs include edge repairs and edge replacements, straightening bent skis, and sidewall re-builds. If your skis look like a nasty New Zealand rock monster took a bite out of them, don’t fret, chances are we’ll be able to rescue them. See our Ward Rounds blog for a look inside our operating room at all the gory repairs we see.