hey it's Alaska backcountry comm here to show you the basics of tuning your bass and side edges on your skis always a great idea to take care of your edges to keep them burt and rust free help your skis turn smoothly a grip hard snow and definitely last longer so you're always going to want to start with your base edges before you do your sidewall edges and you're definitely gonna want to wait until the edges are completely done before waxing to get started though take one of your course diamond stones and you want to use this to deburr your edges of any rough spots and take away any rust that you see you can do this by hand before moving on to one of your more aggressive tools that you're going to want to set into a guide do the same with your side edge but you want to do just enough to remove rust and burrs from your edges before sharpening check with your manufacturer to determine the base edge angle your skis are set at most skis are set with a 1 degree base edge angle but you'll want to make sure before taking a file to your skis once your base edge is set you're going to want to touch it as little as possible obviously remove some burrs keep your edges free of rust and occasional light sharpening is all you're really going to need to do then attach your file to your file guide and an angle that matches your base edge using both hands apply light but even pressure where the file contacts the edge then working tip detail work your file down the ski and even strokes being sure to overlap where each stroke finished keep in mind that your base edge is already set so you're trying to remove as little material as possible you're just maintaining the edge the edge is in good shape it should only take a few passes unlike your base edges which are going to require only occasional maintenance your side edges are going to acquire a little bit more frequent tuning make sure to set your ski up on its edge and your vise so you can get a better angle on it most keys come from the factory with either one one and a half or two degrees side edge angle again you're going to want to check with the manufacturer to see what your side edges are set at for a specific tuning or a better bite on really hard snow conditions you might want to choose a more acute angle for a sharper edge something like 2 degrees today we're going to use a 1 degree side edge place your file on the side edge and move down the length of the ski with smooth and even pressure until you get a nice sharp edge so last step I'm taking carrier edges is to run a gummy stone lightly along to remove any sort of birds that may have kicked up while you're tuning that's it you're ready to go with some sharp fresh edges if you've got questions about our tuning gear or need some tips for how to sharpen your skis call or chat into our gear heads are always here to help you

How to Tune Skis Part 1- How to Sharpen Ski Edges
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11 thoughts on “How to Tune Skis Part 1- How to Sharpen Ski Edges

  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Hi. Nice video. Do You know the edges in snowboard burton custom flying V? Regards

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    you should cover the binding and the plate with tape, so there‘s no chance for filings and wax to sully some delicate parts!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    I'm trying to learn how tune both snowboards and skis, and from what I learned with snowboards is that you need to "detune" or dull the nose and tail of the board so that your edges don't catch while turning. You do this from where the nose and tail begin to curve "up" from the body.
    I'm wondering if this is not so with skis since he did not speak of detuning the tips at all, as in does one sharpen ALL of the edge of the skis since catching the nose edges isn't as much of an issue on skis?

    Thanks in advance if anyone can let me know.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    For someone who has never done this and is trying to learn, I have NO IDEA what you are talking about.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    All good except for 2 points: 1) Make sure you file "tail last", not tail first !!! 2) Use a mediumto soft diamond stone to remove the "lip" off the edge at the end of the sharpening process, NOT a gummi stone which may undo your sharpening. This "lip" is a very thin and irregular sheet of discarded metal pushed off the edge, produced by the sharpening movement. Basically, it's a metal shaving which hasn't completely come off the body of the edge and fallen off. Smoothly run the diamond 2 or 3 times first along the base edge, then the side edge, then a last time along the base again.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Great video – I am confused a little. You said "set it to one degree side edge angle," but then the bastard file is set at measure 89. Could you help a brother understand here, tuning my first time

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Ugh! Watch this video carefully.He is using the file in the wrong direction! The tail of the file always goes last, not first.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Which file guide are you using on the base edge?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    What are you spraying on the ski/edge (in the Swix bottle)?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Great series of tutorials, very helpful and informative.  I watched them all. Thanks!! 🙂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    dudes pushing too hard when hes filing. creates waves in the edge.

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