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Snowlink minute: Why Tune your skis and snowboards?

Three-time Olympian Caroline Lalive poses the question, would you drive in a flashy sports car with flat tires? Find out the signs you need to tune your skis and snowboard like how sharp edges help turns, and wax helps you glide, so you can have a safe and enjoyable day in the snow.

TUNING YOUR SKIS AND SNOWBOARDS

Good tuning and service can make or break your day out on the hill. With properly tuned equipment, your skis and snowboards will perform like they are designed, giving you the best experience on snow.

If you want the best performance from your skis and snowboards, take care of them with regular tune-ups and service. Having your gear checked and tuned by an expert will give you more control, make your equipment safer and make every run even better.

Experience how waxed skis and snowboards glide and turn more easily and how sharpened edges will improve your grip and edge control in varying snow conditions.

If you've been on the mountain more than five times without a service, it's time to see us to make sure equipment is mountain-ready.

Your local specialty ski/snowboard shop has general tuning packages or you can select which service you would like. Below are some tuning terms/descriptions.

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Ski & Snowboard

Maintenance Tune: Side edge bevel, low flouro iron hot wax, scrape, and hand brush finishing. Minor p-tex repair included.

Stone Tune: Stone grind, edge sharpen, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Belt Tune: Belt grind, edge sharpen to manufacture specs, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Variable: Misc Tune: This tune may entail a base weld, major p-tex repair, inlaid edge work, etc.

Hot Wax: Hot wax with all-temperature wax

Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with all-temperature wax, scraped, hand brushed

Flouro Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with low flouro wax, scraped, hand brushed

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Snowboard

Stone Tune: Stone grind, edge sharpen, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Belt Tune: Belt grind, edge sharpen to manufacture specs, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with all-temperature wax

Variable: Misc Tune: This tune may entail a base weld, major p-tex repair, inlaid edge work, etc.

Cross-Country

World Cup Tune: Hot box, stone grind to structure preferred by customer or recommend by shop staff, Scotch Bright treatment, low flouro hot wax by hand (chosen by customer), scrape and multiple hand brush finishings. Minor p-tex repair included.

Pre-season Ski & Snowboard Checklist

Inspect and prep your gear, outerwear and accessories for the upcoming season!

Before the first snowflakes start flying, smart skiers and snowboarders take the time to go through their closets and garages to make sure their first day is stress-free. Doing a little prep early in the season can go a long way when you’re itching to get on the hill. So, that’s why SnowSports Industries America (SIA) has put together a handy pre-season check-list that can help get everyone on the hill a little faster the day after an epic snowfall.  

Equipment 

When’s the last time you had your skis/snowboard tuned? If the answer is “I can’t remember” then it’s time to get your equipment in for a tune. A general rule of thumb: if you've ridden five times on your boards, it’s time for a tune-up. Plus, an expert wax and sharpening makes skis/snowboards last longer and provide more control for turns and stopping.

Gloves/Mittens 

If your hands are blocks of ice, you’re not going to enjoy any winter activity and your dexterity and performance is also affected. Make sure the whole family has a pair that fits properly.

Jackets/Pants 

Does your jacket still fit? Have your kids outgrown their outerwear? Are they up to the demands of winter activities? Some kids' jackets and pants have hems that can be let out to get one more year of wear. However, if you/your kids are heading out on the slopes in varying weather conditions, it’s worth it to invest in well-made, quality outerwear. 

Travel/Pass/Lesson Discounts

Fall is the time to take advantage of discounts on travel packages, lessons and lift tickets/passes. Check with your local resort and retailer or a destination resort you’ve been planning to visit to see if they’re offering any “early bird specials”. 

Helmet  

Do you have one – does your kid need the next size up? For all ages of skiers/snowboarder, helmets are becoming the norm on the slopes. Not only do they protect against head injuries, but also provide warmth since up to 60% of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head. 

Goggles 

If you can’t see where you’re headed on a mountain, you’re in big trouble. It’s amazing how much fun you can have on a mountain when glare, snow and flat light aren’t holding you back so make sure your goggles still fit properly. Check to make sure your goggles still fit and didn’t suffer too many scratches last season.

Hit the slopes!

Now that your gear is all up to date and you’re ready to go to the snow, we’ve put together a suggested packing list for you to reference. Download Here

Content courtesy of SnowSports Industries America | SIA and Snowlink.com.

 

Snowlink minute: Why Tune your skis and snowboards?

Three-time Olympian Caroline Lalive poses the question, would you drive in a flashy sports car with flat tires? Find out the signs you need to tune your skis and snowboard like how sharp edges help turns, and wax helps you glide, so you can have a safe and enjoyable day in the snow.

TUNING YOUR SKIS AND SNOWBOARDS

Good tuning and service can make or break your day out on the hill. With properly tuned equipment, your skis and snowboards will perform like they are designed, giving you the best experience on snow.

If you want the best performance from your skis and snowboards, take care of them with regular tune-ups and service. Having your gear checked and tuned by an expert will give you more control, make your equipment safer and make every run even better.

Experience how waxed skis and snowboards glide and turn more easily and how sharpened edges will improve your grip and edge control in varying snow conditions.

If you've been on the mountain more than five times without a service, it's time to see us to make sure equipment is mountain-ready.

Your local specialty ski/snowboard shop has general tuning packages or you can select which service you would like. Below are some tuning terms/descriptions.

Snowboarder - SnowlinkSnow Sport Crowd - SnowlinkSnowboarder - Snowlink

Ski & Snowboard

Maintenance Tune: Side edge bevel, low flouro iron hot wax, scrape, and hand brush finishing. Minor p-tex repair included.

Stone Tune: Stone grind, edge sharpen, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Belt Tune: Belt grind, edge sharpen to manufacture specs, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Variable: Misc Tune: This tune may entail a base weld, major p-tex repair, inlaid edge work, etc.

Hot Wax: Hot wax with all-temperature wax

Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with all-temperature wax, scraped, hand brushed

Flouro Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with low flouro wax, scraped, hand brushed

Snow Fall List - SnowlinkSkiers on mountain - Snowlink

Snowboard

Stone Tune: Stone grind, edge sharpen, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Belt Tune: Belt grind, edge sharpen to manufacture specs, hot wax. Minor p-tex repair included.

Iron Hot Wax: Iron hot wax with all-temperature wax

Variable: Misc Tune: This tune may entail a base weld, major p-tex repair, inlaid edge work, etc.

Cross-Country

World Cup Tune: Hot box, stone grind to structure preferred by customer or recommend by shop staff, Scotch Bright treatment, low flouro hot wax by hand (chosen by customer), scrape and multiple hand brush finishings. Minor p-tex repair included.

Pre-season Ski & Snowboard Checklist

Inspect and prep your gear, outerwear and accessories for the upcoming season!

Before the first snowflakes start flying, smart skiers and snowboarders take the time to go through their closets and garages to make sure their first day is stress-free. Doing a little prep early in the season can go a long way when you’re itching to get on the hill. So, that’s why SnowSports Industries America (SIA) has put together a handy pre-season check-list that can help get everyone on the hill a little faster the day after an epic snowfall.  

Equipment 

When’s the last time you had your skis/snowboard tuned? If the answer is “I can’t remember” then it’s time to get your equipment in for a tune. A general rule of thumb: if you've ridden five times on your boards, it’s time for a tune-up. Plus, an expert wax and sharpening makes skis/snowboards last longer and provide more control for turns and stopping.

Gloves/Mittens 

If your hands are blocks of ice, you’re not going to enjoy any winter activity and your dexterity and performance is also affected. Make sure the whole family has a pair that fits properly.

Jackets/Pants 

Does your jacket still fit? Have your kids outgrown their outerwear? Are they up to the demands of winter activities? Some kids' jackets and pants have hems that can be let out to get one more year of wear. However, if you/your kids are heading out on the slopes in varying weather conditions, it’s worth it to invest in well-made, quality outerwear. 

Travel/Pass/Lesson Discounts

Fall is the time to take advantage of discounts on travel packages, lessons and lift tickets/passes. Check with your local resort and retailer or a destination resort you’ve been planning to visit to see if they’re offering any “early bird specials”. 

Helmet  

Do you have one – does your kid need the next size up? For all ages of skiers/snowboarder, helmets are becoming the norm on the slopes. Not only do they protect against head injuries, but also provide warmth since up to 60% of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head. 

Goggles 

If you can’t see where you’re headed on a mountain, you’re in big trouble. It’s amazing how much fun you can have on a mountain when glare, snow and flat light aren’t holding you back so make sure your goggles still fit properly. Check to make sure your goggles still fit and didn’t suffer too many scratches last season.

Hit the slopes!

Now that your gear is all up to date and you’re ready to go to the snow, we’ve put together a suggested packing list for you to reference. Download Here

Content courtesy of SnowSports Industries America | SIA and Snowlink.com.