Everything You Need For a DIY Ski or Snowboard Tuning Shop

DIY Ski or Snowboard Tuning ShopHav­ing a well-tuned pair of skis or snow­board is one of those things that seem to get over­looked at least once a year — who wants to wait a half hour on your first day of the sea­son while your skis/board are being tuned and the snow is taunt­ing you. And even if you get your gear reg­u­lar­ly tuned by a ski shop, it’s a good idea to have your own equip­ment. It’ll save mon­ey on reg­u­lar main­te­nance on the board(s) and it’s nice to be proac­tive with main­te­nance. The result will be increased speed, sta­bil­i­ty, grip­pi­er turns, and increased ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’s from all your ador­ing fans.

Once you make the ini­tial invest­ment, there real­ly isn’t much to pay for oth­er than wax. The added per­for­mance of hav­ing a con­sis­tent­ly tuned board also aids in improve­ment. Here’s how to get it done quick­ly and easily:

The Room
You don’t need much space for a ski/board tun­ing set­up, but it’s a good idea to be some­where well ven­ti­lat­ed since waxy fumes can be over­pow­er­ing at times. While it’s not nec­es­sary to have a per­ma­nent space, it’s eas­i­er to have an area that is sole­ly ded­i­cat­ed to tun­ing. Over time the wax drip­pings become a time stamp of sorts, grow­ing big­ger and big­ger over the sea­sons like a giant gooey badge of honor.

The Work Bench
The best way to make a work bench is to make a saw horseas it has numer­ous oth­er house­hold ben­e­fits. Next, using either vices or clamps, find a way to secure the horse to your skis/board. You’ll also want some­where to store the tools, which we will dis­cuss below.

The toolsThe tools
Paper Tow­els — For clean­ing the bases beforehand.

Screw­drivers — To make any nec­es­sary adjust­ments to bind­ings, or to take off com­plete­ly if you prefer.

Knife — For clean­ing out any dirt/rocks lodged into the base.

2 Scrap­ers — one met­al, one plas­tic — For remov­ing excess PTEX and wax.

Blow­torch — For melt­ing the PTEX

Small Paint­brush — For apply­ing PTEX

Scour­ing Pad — For remov­ing chunks of both PTEX and Wax

Edge Sharp­en­er — You can buy edge tools specif­i­cal­ly made for ski­ing or snow­board­ing, but if you can’t seem to find one or are in a pinch, a sim­ple sharp­en­ing stone will do. 

File — Before sharp­en­ing you will want to slight­ly file the edges to remove any excess debris that might dam­age your sharp­en­ing stone.

Ace­tone — For clean­ing the base post-edging

PTEX — For fill­ing in any scratch­es or holes to the base

Wax — For mak­ing you go fast!

Iron — For melt­ing the wax

And there you have it
Your own DIY home tun­ing shop. While it might not be as good as the pros (and it’s still rec­om­mend­ed to get a full pro­fes­sion­al tune 1–2 times a year), it will help you main­tain high per­for­mance. Stay tuned for how to put every­thing in the shop to use, and learn how to tune your skis or snow­board from start to finish!