Ski Tuning

Tools Needed

  • Ski Vises
  • Copper brush
  • Nylon brush
  • File
  • Edge Tool with 1 diamond stone at least (200 grit)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Scraper
  • True bar
  • Wax Iron
  • Work Bench
  • Brake bands
  • Finishing cloth
  • Gummy stone
  • Diamond stone brush

Setup and Tools

When you first purchase your skis, use a true bar to ensure your ski base is not concave or convex. You can use any straight edge to do this.

1. Setup your work bench and clamp your ski vises to it
2. Put your ski onto the vise and install brake band
3. Use copper/steel brush to remove the old wax and any other debris

Edges and Bases Prep

At the beginning of the year take your skis to a reputable shop and get the base ground and the base and side level edges set. This is usually only necessary once a year unless there is damage to the edges or base. The side bevel for most skis should be 88% unless specified by the manufacture or your coach. The base bevel should be 1% in most cases but once again consult your manufacture or your coach. File should be only used for major reconditioning. Warning: Using file aggressively may remove the entire edge that is why it is recommended to be used once a year or less. Bases should generally not be sharpened just stoned very occasionally. Over sharpening the base can cause rounding of the base. Diamond stones come in different textures like sand paper. They go from course to extra fine. Young racers typically need only 1-2 stones to give create a good edge. Older skiers may use up to 4 different stones (course, medium, fine, x-fine). Speak to your coach/dealer to discuss which stone or set of stones you need for your skis.

4. Take your diamond stone and spray it with water/lube. The water or lube acts a cooling agent to prolong the life of the stone. Put diamond stone into the side edge tool and back and forth from the tip of the ski to the tail in overlapping motions. This should be done 3-5 times. If you feel resistance or a burr then continue on or focus in that area.
5. Once you are complete the side bevel use a gummy stone and run from tip to tail on a 45 degree angle. Ensure you do not use any force and gently cradle the stone with your fingers to remove the burr that is created as a result of sharpening your skis. (not shown in video)
6. Continue until side bevels are complete.
7. Once completed with your stones clean them with water/lube and stone brush to prolong their life. (not shown in video)


Household irons can be used for waxing. You can also find ski specific irons for this task. Wax can come in different temperatures. Generally you will use 2-3 different waxes depending on outdoor temperature. Generally yellow is for warmer temperatures, red is for moderate temperatures and blue is for cold temperatures. Consult your manufacture for specific temperature ranges.

7. Heat up your wax iron to appropriate temperate as shown on your wax. If there is no label you can start with a low temperature and increase as required until the wax smoke and then back it off.
8. Slowly drip the wax over the ski. Use an appropriate amount of wax. This is typically a trial and error task until you gain more experience.
9. Use iron to spread the wax from tip to tail ensuring edges are covered in wax. It is very important to new leave the iron in one spot for more than 1 second. Doing some will cause serious damage to your ski.
10. While the wax is warm use the notch in your scraper to remove the wax from your edges.
11. Allow your ski to cool adequately until the wax is hard.
12. Use the scraper to scrap off any excess wax. Ensure that you scrape tip to tail.
13. Use the nylon brush to remove any of the excess wax that is left over after scrapping. Two to three light passes should be enough.
14. Grab a finishing cloth or horse hair brush to polish the ski

Don’t hesitate to ask questions or share your tips and techniques!