Services

Tuning and Repairs

Bring your skis and boards into the our tech shop and our technicians will make them look like new! Located in Snow Rider Ski & Snowboard Shop behind Guest Services, we have top quality Wintersteiger machines for all of your tuning needs. Even if you just need to replace a piece for a binding, we can help you keep your equipment in excellent condition.

At the beginning of each season, you should get a professional to ensure your bindings release your boot when they are suppposed to release.

Snow Valley's Snow Rider Ski Shop features a Wintersteiger 'Speedtronic' Ski Binding Setting and Testing Machine. This machine will test the tolerances of your bindings to ensure their safe and consistant operation based on your personal settings. You will also receive a detailed computer print out of the results.

Click on the "FAQ" tab to learn more about taking care of your equipment

 

Major Ski Tune

Pass Holder: $45

Non-Pass Holder: $50

  • Maintenance for skis with base gouges
  • Clean and stone grind base, P-Tex gouges, ceramic-disk sharpen side and base edges, detune, wax & buff.
 
Minor Ski Tune

Pass Holder: $35

Non-Pass Holder: $40

  • Maintenance for skis in good condition
  • Clean and stone grind base, ceramic-disk sharpen side and base edges, detune, wax & buff.
 
Ski Wax and Sharpen

Pass Holder: $20

Non-Pass Holder: $25

  • Clean base, sharpen side edges, detune, wax & buff.
  • Recommended after every 5-10 uses, or before a trip to the mountains
 
Ski Wax Only $15
  • Clean base, wax & buff.
 
Ski Binding Mount $20
  • New binding mount OR
  • Binding re-mount: remove binding from ski, fill and seal holes, remount binding
    *NOTE: not all bindings can be remounted on all skis. Please check with our technicians
 
Ski Binding Adjustment $10
  • Adjust binding to boot, set release value (DIN) to correct position (according to height, weight, skier ability, boot sole length)
    *NOTE: not all bindings can be adjusted to fit a certain boot. Remount may be required in some situations. Please check with one of our technicians.
 
Ski Binding Safety Inspection $25
  • This process uses specialized equipment to check the release values of your binding to make sure that they are within a safe operating range. The technician will also check your ski boot/binding interface to ensure proper release and retention functions.
Major Snowboard Tune

Pass Holder: $45

Non-Pass Holder: $50

  • Maintenance for boards with base gouges
  • Clean and stone grind base, P-Tex gouges, ceramic-disk sharpen side and base edges, detune, wax & buff.
 
Minor Snowboard Tune

Pass Holder: $35

Non-Pass Holder: $40

  • Maintenance for boards in good condition
  • Clean and stone grind base, ceramic-disk sharpen side and base edges, detune, wax & buff.
 
Board Wax and Sharpen

Pass Holder: $20

Non-Pass Holder: $25

  • Clean base, sharpen side edges, detune, wax & buff.
  • Recommended after every 5-10 uses, or before a trip to the mountains
 
Snowboard Wax Only $15
  • Clean base, wax & buff.
 
Snowboard Binding Mount $20
  • Mount new binding to board
  • Re-mount old binding
 
Snowboard Binding Adjustment $10
  • Change Stance
  • Adjust to boots for correct fit
 
Iron Wax Surcharge $10

Due to the efficiency and waste reduction of our Wintersteiger WaxJet, there will be an additional charge for an iron wax. Please inform the technician at the time of drop off if you wish to use this service.

If you require any more information, please call Snow Rider @ 780-434-3991 ext. 249 or visit the Shoppe located behind Guest Services

Other Repairs will be handled at the discretion of the technician.

 
Epoxy $20
  • Glue top sheet back on
  • 24 hour drying time required
 
How many often should I get my skis or snowboard tuned?

After the ski technician brings you your freshly mounted skis from the backshop that you just purchased, quite often the first question, especially for first time ski owners is: 'What's maintenence like on my new skis?' 'How often do I need to wax my new skis?' 'How often do I need to tune these things'...

The answer you got was probably pretty brief especially if you were asking on a busy Wintery weekend day, you might not have gotten all the info you were looking for, but hey that's why you're reading this Right? Ok so here's the deal.

 

Waxing:

There is no such thing as waxing your skis too much. Wax makes your skis hydrophobic, afraid of water basically... The more hydrophobic your skis are the faster they will be, it also makes them a lot easier to turn. If skis lack wax they can have a harder time getting up on edge, mostly in warmer snow conditions (picture two pieces of glass with water in between them, they get suctioned together, wax helps prevent that).

Waxing properly is important. If you're just getting into waxing your skis or boards, you may have noticed temperature ranges on the wax. Colder waxes have a higher melting temperature and is more resistant to coarser snow, when snow is colder it's more coarse. The important thing to note if you're not using a universal wax is, when in doubt wax warmer. If you wax for a cold day and it ends up being warm your skis will feel slow. Again, when in doubt wax warm, or just use a universal ski wax which is???? You guessed it a very warm temperature wax!

Note: Sintered Bases can absorb more wax than extruded bases. Extruded bases require less wax maintenence/care to perform well. If you're looking for a ski that is going to be 'faster' you want a Sintered base.

 

Tuning:

For the sake of argument lets pretend all skis come perfect from the factory and all tuned up ready to go. Sound good? Ok cool!

When you're out there even though you're having an awesome time your skis are taking a beating and getting worn down. Harder snow, icey conditions will wear down the bases of your skis faster, basically they aren't going to be perfectly flat anymore. Harder snow is also tough on your edges they're going to get dull if your carving and skidding on harder snow.

The point I was trying to get across above is different snow conditions de-tune skis at different rates. If you notice your skis aren't gripping as well, initiating a turn as easily, sliding on the snow as fast, you've waited too long for a tune. When you go out skiing or riding you want your gear to feel good, that way you get the most out of your gear and lift ticket!

Examine the bases of your skis when you get home. If your black ski bases are looking white in spots they are thristy for wax. If you notice parts of the ski that still have wax on them, usually circular spots, the bases aren't flat anymore. If the bases feel fuzzy, its time for a stone grind. If you run you finger (BE CAREFUL) along the edges and you feel burrs all over the place time to get them sharpened. If you take your finger nail to the edge and try to shave the top of your nail off and nothing happens they're dull, time for sharpening.

Everyone should wax their skis before each and every ski day and tune your skis after 3-4 days of skiing on a pair of all-mountain/everyday skis. Powder skis because the snow is soft can go a little longer without tuning (Depends on how many rocks/trees/stumps you hit too). Race skis typically get freshly tuned for every time trial and every race, but they also demand high performance out of their skis.

 

Bottom Line:

How often you tune your skis is up to you, no matter who you are out on the hill you shouldn't go longer than 6-8 days without a tune. And remember there is no such thing as too much waxing. Remember when in doubt wax warm!.

If you want more information about equipment care and attention call Snow Rider @ 780-434-3991 ext. 249 or visit us just behind Guest Services

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At the end of the season, is there anything I should do to my skis before putting them away?

YES! You should get your bindings adjusted to "Zero". When you get your bindings adjusted at the beginning of the season, they are put under tension. Having a technician set them back to "Zero" relieves the tension and your equipment, specifically bindings, will last longer.

If you want more information about equipment care and attention call Snow Rider @ 780-434-3991 ext. 249 or visit us just behind Guest Services

Watch for more Questions and Answers here and on Social Media