Sharpen your skis yourself
In order to have a good control of its trajectory, it is important to regularly sharpen its skis. In fact, the sharper your edges, the more stable your skis will be during your turns. On the contrary, a lack of maintenance will result in a bad grip on track, which is very unpleasant, especially when you are a carving enthusiast!
Which angle of sharpening ski?
The angle of sharpening will determine the ability to hang on the hard snow. Different angle brackets are available to obtain end angles from 90 ° to 85 °.
The sharpening of the care is done with an angle of 88 ° or less for the competitors. For a freeride ski or an occasional skier, the sharpening is generally done at 90 °, for more solidity.
Process for falling edge on the sole side
A regular sharpening is usually done with a file of 200 mm. This step is carried out over the entire length of the edge, for uniform wear. To ensure optimum finishing, you can then use a 150 mm file.
Removal of edges
At the edges, the angle is less than 90 °, the faster the turn, the more the anchoring effect is felt. It is therefore necessary to fall on the edge side, at least on the other side that one has fallen on the sole side (for example, for an angle of 88 ° on the sole side, it will be necessary to choose a minimum angle of 88 ° on the edge side).
Sharpening the ski
On current skis, the entire length is necessary in the turns. You must then sharpen all along on ski. There is no sense of sharpening (heel / spatula or spatula / heel) and it is not useful to press very hard to file.
Finally, think about cleaning your edges regularly to remove iron filings.
After the file grinding, the wire is removed with an eraser allowing a good standard finish. You will then have to pass a diamond file for a perfect finish.
This diamond file usually goes by hand.
If you are used to skiing on artificial snow or ice, you must NORMALLY sharpen your skis every day. In cool snow, where you need less grip, you can go up to 4 to 5 days without sharpening.