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Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : Ski Care & Maintenance Tips

Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : Ski Care & Maintenance Tips

Hi! This Is Dave Smith with Hillcrest Ski
and Sports in Gresham, Oregon on behalf of Expert Village. In this tutorial we will cover
beginning skiing. In this clip, we’ll cover how to maintain your skis. The most common
maintenance that your skis will need is waxing. You p-tex base can dry out over time and it
needs wax to stay slick on the snow. Waxing can be done at any shop. In fact, that’s probably
the easiest thing to have done as a beginner. You can wax yourself, but you’ll need to be
careful and get instructions on how to do that first. There are a couple of ways that
you can easily tell if your skis need wax. First of all, if they’re very slow and sticky
on the mountain that’s a good sign that you need wax. Also, if you look towards your metal
edges and notice that the base is dry and rough, maybe getting a little bit white, that’s
a good sign that you need wax. Another thing that needs maintenance is your bindings. When
your bindings are mounded, they should have been twist tested initially. However, as the
years go by, you might want to make sure to have them twist tested to make sure they’re
releasing properly. This will assure that they’re come off on a bad fall and stay on
when they need to. Another part of your skis that need maintenance are your metal edges.
Your skis will function when your edges are relatively sharp. Good way to tell if your
skis are sharp is to run your fingernail across them. An edge that is tuned correctly should
take off shavings of your fingernail. Finally, you should be careful to store your skis in
an area that’s dry and moderate temperatures, not extremes. If there’s too moisture in the
air, your steel edges could oxidize or rust. This will make them less grippy and you might
need to have them tuned before you ski again.

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