How often should a ski base be waxed?

All new skis are completely finished and ready for immediate use so that no further treatment is necessary. Demanding skiers and ski racers can prepare their skis individually prior to their first use in order to perfect the handling characteristics for their specific application.

Once a year, ideally at the end of the season, the skis should be tuned. This should include revitalization of the base and sharpening of edges. Why at the end of the season? First, an unwaxed base can dry out over the summer months. This means the skis will no longer be able to redeliver full performance later on. Second, by prepping the skis at the end of the season, they will be ready for immediate use during the next winter. The skis should be waxed regularly.

Which aspects of ski tuning deserve special attention?

The most important thing is to give the base regular care. In other words, it should be waxed regularly to prevent it from drying out. Neglecting this will cause the skis to become brittle and they will no longer run optimally on the slope. And that means goodbye to any skiing pleasure.

Good edges are equally important. Rough gashes must be evened out or metal shavings must be removed so that the ski can again make clean turns.

And one last important aspect is storage: a dry room is ideal. After skiing it is also advisable to dry off the skis.

How often must skis be serviced by an expert?

This depends on the snow conditions and how often the ski is driven. An annual tuning is generally recommended and considered sufficient. Included in this would be revitalizing the base (waxing) as well as grinding the edges and the base structure. If required, deep scratches and holes can be eliminated.

A ski needs to be tuned when the base has scratches or when the edges no longer grip in the snow – regular waxing at home is recommended in any case, ideally after every third day of skiing.

Does it make sense to transport skis in a ski bag?

Yes, it makes sense to transport skis in a ski bag, however, it is imperative that wet skis do not remain in the bag over a longer period of time to avoid any risk of corrosion.

How can I best store my skis for the summer months?

To avoid rusty edges one should remove any water residues and dirt from the skis. We recommend doing this at the end of every ski day. As regards storage, a dry and dark room would be ideal.