like Salisbury I'm the blog author of a family skiing in Maine you can follow me on Twitter at Maine ski family and welcome to my ski tuning one-on-one video where we're gonna talk about edge to him so here's all the equipment that you need to do an effective edge tuning on your skis now the first thing you need is is a ski vise and that's with this on top of the ski you what it what it rests on you can see here I've got a sawhorse set up but you could certainly set this up off a workbench as well so along with the ski vice you're gonna need some things to actually get these breaks out of the way and so this break retainer and these rubber bands will help us do that this this retainer here will set the ski and keep it on the on the vise and this will get the actual breaks out of the way and so the reason we tune edges is that we want to make sure that our edges are really sharp once they get dull you can really make the skiing experience difficult for your family and so here are some of the tools that you're going to need to have have these edges in place so this tool right here is just a little stone what this is used for is to actually knock the burrs off off the edges of the ski and this is if you run over a rock or something like that on the mountain this little gummy stone right here is to get all the rust off that you can see it's it's a rusty color so I've certainly got some rust off the edges of the skis but rust happens when you get some water staying on them but this will just take it right off this tool right here is the actual edge thing that you use to file and polish your edges and has some degree angles and I'll talk about that more later in the video but inside of this tool goes our actual file that we use to file the edges and then the stones that we use to actually polish the edges and get them nice and sharp these stones here will be used wet so it's nice to have a spray bottle and certainly having a rag on hand will help you just to keep things clean I like to have a paintbrush on hand as well just to get the filings off the ski and keep the screen clean for my tools and that's really all the equipment that you need to do your edges and get them nice and sharp where you can get all this equipment is is a company called tog NAR to works on this catalog it's great it has a lot of instructional detail on how to use these tools and look these tools and equipments about Target arc to works is a great place to get all all of these tools alright to get started we're going to need to attach the ski to the to the base and get these breaks out of the way and so the first thing with the breaks is with the just a rubber band you can just take these and just wrap them right around and that just get to see the breaks all the way so you have a surface to work on that's free of the breaks and then the other thing you do is just wrap this right around the binding and there's a when you buy your vise usually get a tool like this that allows you to attach the ski right to the to your ski equipment so the first step here in our sharpening the edges is to get any rust and off the edge so you can see here we got a little bit of rust on this ski so what we're gonna do is just use this gummy stone and just go along the top edge or the base edge of the ski and then if there's any rust on the side you can do the same thing just going up and down your ski making sure it's rust free will just help your edge bevel tools in our next step stone here what this is used for is to basically get any of the tuff burrs off the edge of the ski you might hit a rock or another piece of debris on the trail it'll give you a little bump in your edge so what this tool is you just run it down the base of the ski like this and just you'll feel it and it'll just knock down any burrs or imperfections in the edge of the ski and you can do that on on both the bases edge and the side edge as well just a couple passes up and down the ski usually that's the trick Steph is is actually filing the edges of the skis so the first thing is we need to talk about his edge angle now if you go online and read about edge angle on skis there's certainly a lot of different theories on what angles you should set for basic family skiing what I recommend is setting the angle on your tool here to be one degree for the base and for the side what that means is the angle is the angle off the ski like this and that just allows the ski to rock a little bit and it allows you to get into your turn a little bit better a 1 degree angle on the base and a 1 degree angle on the side generally it's the best angle for most families ski setups so now we're ready to use the file and as you notice on the file is an arrow what that arrow means is you need to use this file in one direction and you want to use it from the tip of the ski to the tail so it's important that you know where the arrow is when you fit it into the tool so when you're ready to do the the base with this particular tool it slides in just like this and there's a couple of tighteners here you just tighten it down and then you set it on the base and you go tip the tail like this to use this on the side angle what you're going to do is you're going to fit it in right here and again tighten it up and then with this this will hit the base of the side angle of the ski and you use this in one direction now that we've got the edges filed it's time to polish the edges the file does a good job sharpening but we need to polish to get the things mirror and get a mirror finish and get a nice and smooth so we're gonna use this blue diamond stone this is a medium coarse diamond stone and it fits right into the same tool we're still going to keep it at a 1 degree angle and it goes into the same spot either here to do the base or here to do the edges and then and the thing about using a diamond stone is you don't have to worry about one direction you can use it in both directions when you're polishing the edge of your ski so to tell if your ski edge is really sharp there's a couple of tools you can buy that will go along the edge of the ski to tell if the the ski is sharp now I just use the back of my fingernail and so if you just do this on the edge of your ski on the back your fingernail you just shave off a little bit of your fingernail then if that's happening you know the edge you just keys nice and sharp all ready to go

How to Sharpen Skis
Tagged on:                                                                 

36 thoughts on “How to Sharpen Skis

  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Dont listen with headphones

    Ypu hear sound only left ear

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    what about de-tuning the ends?

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    How has that edge sharpener held up over the years? I was looking at that exact tool and some blogs say they don't recommend the plastic adjustable base/edge tools because they wear out.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Did he say Rubber stone`

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Leave the music off, it ruins a great video.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for great video. I bought exact same tools after watching your video. It is very helpful. I appreciate it. Now I have two questions. 1. When sharpening, do I have to follow Tip to Tail direction? 2. Do I do sharpening first before waxing? Thanks.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    I wouldn't use a multituner to tune my skis. It's too inaccurate. Aluminum file guides are the way to go.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    What is the name of the song in the background? I have the need to learn it on guitar.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks. Very helpful.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for the video! I now feel confident enough to go tune my edges.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for the video. I normally just do the first bit you've shown, of sharpening the edges with a file in a jig at 0 deg rather then 1 deg. I do not polish the edge afterwards. How important do you think having a 1 deg edge angle and polished surfaces, is?
    Cheers
    PS I like the music!

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Pretty good coverage with helpful tips

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Good video (audio aside) . Thanks for turning me on to Tognar's catalogue. Lots of great info in those pages.

    Question: How many passes do you normally have to do with file when setting a new bevel edge? And how much pressure is required on the tool when doing so? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    yeah the music steps all over his good presentation.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Like the video, for next time consider not putting all of the audio on 1 channel (left channel) as it makes the sound unbareable when your listening through headphones.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    This was very well presented and informative.   I just had to force myself to keep awake listing to that sleepy music in the background!

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Helpful and descriptive. Thank you

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks.  Very helpful.  

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Fellow Mainer here. Nice videos, one question on this particular video, I have found all the tools you are showing here but came seem to figure out what stone that is use are using after the gummy stone, could you share a link or what type/brand it is. Thanks

    PS: like others have said, its very difficult to hear what your saying the background music is overpowering your voice, regardless thanks for sharing, need to prepare for a trip to Saddleback tomorrow. 

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    most relaxing elevator music ever thankyou

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Great video , Thanks.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for making skiing better, and saving people money. 

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    they are often called diamond stones that sharpen the edges. I also use an 'edge stone' to deburr the edges.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    depends on how aggressive you ski. A casual recreational skier would get by every 8-10 trips. I try to touch up my edges every 2-3 trips. If you stay on top of your edge condition its a lot less work overall.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    file dry – side edge polish wet

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Do you use both the file and the polisher wet?

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    How often do you sharpen your edges

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Is that the FarmVille music?

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    haha i like the chill music, good vid

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    I use the gummy stone for removing rust and de-tuning (dulling) tips and tails. I typically use the stone for removing any burrs on the edges. I never tried a sandpaper sponge but I can imagine that would probably have the same effect as a gummy stone. Let us know how it works out!

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Sent you a PM about this, but others might be interested to hear your answer. Sorry for redundancy.

    Your ski tuning video was great and very helpful! I was wondering if there is a cheap substitute for a gummy stone. It seems like a gummy stone is simply for removing rust and burrs, right?

    If that is the case, couldn't I buy a cheap sand paper sponge and just be extra gentle on sliding it on the edges of my ski to remove burrs? and use it for spot treatment on rust?

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    I typically sharpen then wax. Running the tool over your edges will mark up the base of the ski.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    do you sharpen or wax first?

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Nice music and nice video. There's nothing wrong with the music. Cheers.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    In the beginning i thought this guy was going to whip out a pipe and start smoking, i think that would have been hilarious. 🙂

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm
    Permalink

    Awesome video. Everything I needed to know without to much extra. I appreciate it

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *