When the starter in your car stops working, lights warn you to change the fluids, something is wrong with the chassis geometry, you go to professionals, of course. It´s the same with skis. If there are deep scratches, blunt edges, the base structure is missing, the edge angles are wrong, the ski are not impregnated, it´s time for service.
“Skis and cars have a lot in common,” says Michal Húska from the Tatry Motion ski service in Jasná. He has been doing ski service for several years and knows that regular service helps keep the quality and performance of skis on a high level but in the first place, it guarantees more safety for skiers.
“When there are gouges in the base, skiers loose coordination and cannot control their skis as they would like to. We could compare it for example to unbalanced tires which cause the car to pull to one side. Even less experienced skiers must feel uncomfortable with gouges in the base. Service in such cases should not be underestimated,” warns M. Húska.
With the spring coming closer, the sun is shining stronger and stronger on the ski slopes. Skiers are enjoying enough snow on both sides of Mt. Chopok and ideal conditions for spring skiing. However, one needs to be prepared for this part of the season properly as well. “The temperatures are rising, the snow is getting heavier and ski bases need to have a thicker structure in order to allow water drain easier when in contact with snow. It is similar to tire tread patterns. As morning temperatures are below zero nowadays, ski edges must be sharpened well to carve the piste. With sharp edges, one can brake faster and control the direction better. If there is no wax on the skis and the structure is not taken care of, the skis are slow, which means skiers cannot be flexible enough. If the structure is good, appropriate wax designated for higher temperatures is applied, the speed can go up even by 5-10 km/hour. And the safety on the piste is definitely better. When there is an obstacle on the slope, one can make a turn much faster and react appropriately. Everything is about good service,” thinks M. Húska.
Professionals from Tatry Motion ski service facilities are of the opinion that every skier should have their skis serviced regularly. “In order to avoid worsening of the on-piste performance of skis, average skiers should visit a ski service at least three times per season. The structure of the base should be tuned and wax should be applied every time. After the season, it is suggested to put a lot of wax on the skis and snowboards, including their edges to create a greasy layer. The wax should protect them if stored in damp rooms. At the beginning of the season, the wax should be removed and the runners cleaned with a brass brush, new wax should be applied and skis ought to be kept in dry places. If skis are transported on car roofs, they should have a protective cover. Ski service and maintenance before and after winter apply to ski bindings as well,” concluded Húska.
Professional Tatry Motion ski service facilities guarantee machine service by using top-modern technology and offer the best manual service as well. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy sharp edges, bases without scratches and stability on hard snow. If they bring their equipment to Tatry Motion facilities in the Low and High Tatras once they finish skiing, they can pick it up on the next day in the morning.
1. Ski base maintenance – manual sealing of gouges
If the base needs complete maintenance and there are dangerous gouges near edges, service men apply P-tex on the base to seal deep holes and scratches. Any excess P-tex is removed manually.
2. Machine maintenance – structure tuning
Two grindstones in a fully automatic system grind the base until smooth and create the required structure with exact parameters. The grindstones guarantee the abrasive surface is absolutely flat and the base slides perfectly. When making machine service, the service men can combine the form and depth of the base structure as they need.
3. Geometry – side edge tuning and the so called base bevel tuning
The edges are generally tuned based on the type of use and skills of the respective user. Most skiers feel well with an 88-degree angle which also machines in Tatry Motion service facilities use. More experienced skiers who need 87 or 86 degrees have their edges tuned manually. The tuning is done in the direction from the tip to the tail by using a grinding strip through a sliding ceramic pad. The so called base bevel tuning is set between 0.5-1.5 degrees and is important for making turns on edges.
Regular waxing improves the sliding performance of skis. If no wax is applied on the base, the skis get slow, have problems with turning and flexibility. Hot melted wax is applied to the base manually by using a special waxing iron or in a machine with rotary brushes. After that, the base is polished until smooth. Waxing skis at home can be useful if the structure of the base is made properly.
Many accidents on the slope are the result of wrongly adjusted ski bindings. The bindings must be fixed and adjusted properly so it is recommended to ask professionals in Tatry Motion service facilities for help with this as well.
The Tatry Motion team thanks their clients for thrusting them!