Mother Nature has delivered her first snowfall and the ski center snow cannons are going full blast! It’s time to tune up your ski or snowboard equipment to prepare for the season ahead. Visit the Repair shop to have your skis, boards, and bindings inspected, repaired and adjusted. Winter will be even more enjoyable.
Unfamiliar with the process?
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions…
What’s the point of maintaining skis/snowboards?
Maintenance ensures that the base of your skis or snowboard is in good condition, there are no cracks, the structure enables proper drainage of water, the edges are sharp, and the wax is appropriate for snow conditions. All these elements together provide a positive skiing or boarding experience while ensuring safer descents.
What work is done on my skis/snowboard during maintenance?
It all depends on the condition of your skis or snowboard when they are brought into the shop. However, every tune-up will follow the same process:
When you drop off your equipment at the workshop, the technician handling it will first perform an inspection, examining the base to spot small cracks, holes or scratches and determine whether the edges are damaged and need sharpening.
Depending on what was identified in the first step, the technician will make repairs and adjustments. Imperfections in the base may be filled with molten polyethylene. Once the base becomes smooth again, structural work can be carried out. This process involves etching microgrooves in the base to enable the proper drainage of water droplets that form as a result of the base’s friction on the snow. This process also ensures that the skis will glide even if the waxing is no longer perfect.
- Sharpening the edges
Edges are sharpened on automated ceramic discs to a degree that is not possible to achieve at home. The outer edge is sharpened so that it can grip the snow when turning. These parameters can be adjusted according to a skier’s skill level as well as their preferences.
The last step is the application of wax on the base. At Bromont, it can be applied using infrared light (faster) or a hot iron (traditional method). A wide selection of wax is also offered depending on the frequency of waxing and weather conditions.
- Adjusting the bindings – On request
On request, the technician will be able to adjust your bindings according to your skill level, weight, height, age and boots. It’s essential to adjust the bindings when the skis are being used for the first time, when changing your boots, or when the skier’s weight has changed significantly. This provides a more accurate response to manoeuvres and reduces the risk of fall-related injuries.
When should you have your skis maintained?
We recommend you maintain your skis at least once a year, at the beginning or end of the season. If not, look for clues that tell you that it’s time to visit the Repair Shop:
- Dried wax (bleached look)
- Oxidized edges
- Loss of confidence in equipment on icy surfaces
- Difficulty carving a turn
- The feeling of braking or equipment limitation
However, there is no limit to the number of annual maintenance visits. Some enthusiasts will wax their skis every two or three outings. Find out more about our packages.
Do I need to make an appointment for maintenance?
You don’t have to make an appointment for ski maintenance. You can simply drop them off at the repair shop. A team member will contact you when the equipment is ready.
The process takes about 1.5 hours.
However, during peak periods, maintenance is performed on a first-come, first-served basis. Wait times can be up to 1 week.
How much does maintenance cost?
Prices range from $30 to $55 depending on the type of maintenance you choose and the size of the equipment. Packages are also available! Check out our rates here.
Call us at 450 534-2200 ext. 2901