Cold Lake Blizzards Alpine Racing Team

Equipment Maintenance

Ski Tuning: It is recommended that each family have one adult whom participates in the ski-tuning clinic offered by one of our coaches. These training sessions are usually held during one of our dry land practices on Sunday mornings between 10:00 AM and noon. The team owns tuning equipment, but training is required before members are eligible to sign out the equipment. It is recommended that members purchase their own equipment if possible. Approximate cost is $300. The ski hill and Mach 1 Sports will tune skis locally for a cost of $45/set of skis. Skis are similar to hockey skates and need to be tuned after every 3 ski days, or more often depending on snow conditions. Financially, your ski tuning equipment purchase pays off quickly.

Summer Storage: Sadly enough, you’ll have to store your gear for the season if you can’t ski all year…

  • Check the topsheets for damage.  If underlying layers are exposed fill them with two-part epoxy or urethane glue (mixed with a color pigment if desired). Overfill, let harden and dry, then remove excess with a small chisel. Finish with 220 (or greater) grit sandpaper.
  •  Inspect sidewalls and repair as explained above. Cracks or edge de-laminations should be referred to a technician.
  • Check bases for damage. Gouges can be repaired with p-tex, any core exposure should be repaired by a technician.
  • Check the base for flatness with a true bar. Any unevenness can be remedied by having it stoneground. Check edge bevels and re-establish if needed.
  • Clean the bases with a hot-wax-scrape-cleaning until wax comes up clean, then add one more and leave it on for the summer. Wax on the edges is OK for storage, as it will add a protective layer.
  • Check binding screws and tighten if needed.
  • Release the tension on your bindings by backing off the DIN settings.  You can write your DIN setting numbers on piece of masking tape and tape it to the top of the ski so you can reset your DIN’s before you ski next year.
  • Store in a clean area that is likely to be maintained at a moderate temperature; avoid temperature extremes.
  • Pull boot liners and foot beds out of your boot shells to allow them to dry thoroughly. Then reassemble and buckle up snugly to maintain a good form. Store in a clean dry place.