Newly remodeled service center providing a larger area and new tuning machines. Come on in and check it out, while we provide a hot wax for you.
The base of your sliding platform is hopefully made from P-tex which is designed to hold wax. P-tex is a porous material and when heated, these pores open up larger. A special wax is then applied and absorbed into these pores. As the P-tex cools the pores become smaller and hold on to the wax. The tricky part is that the wax has a low burning temp and it is easy to burn when applied. Very serious damage can occur if enough heat is applied to the base to distort or break down the bonds that hold your ski/board together. Lets not forget the complicated matter of the type of wax you use. Snow temperature, air temperature, slope aspect, length of use, and surface conditions all effect the type of wax to be used. Wait, not done yet, now time for the techy part of adequate cooling, removal, and surface finish. Proper tools, supplies, and training are crucial for a good wax job. At Glacier Ski Shop our technicians are prepared for the challenge of a great wax job on your ski/board.
This job is made easier with machines specific for this purpose. At Glacier Ski Shop we employ Grindrite belt grinders. By using a specialized ski/board grinding machine, you can be assured of an even and flat base with proper edge bevels for your ski/board.
There are two steel surfaces that a technician works on to make your ski/board cut hard snow and ice better; The bottom and the side. The bottom and side edge surfaces of a ski/snowboard are treated basically the same way to provide a sharper cutting edge. Each surface is ground with a progressively finer material until the desired sharpness exists. The only difference between side and bottom surfaces is that in order to remove material from the bottom steel surface you must also remove base material in order to keep the entire bottom of the ski/board flat. With modern equipment being so light weight, there is not much base material to remove, so we try to keep bottom surface grinding to a minimum in order for the ski/board to have a longer life. On the other hand, the side surface can be ground more often, because you do not have to remove any other material besides the steel. Glacier Ski Shop techs want your equipment to last several seasons, so for routine maintenance we usually grind the side edge and then finish grind both edges.
A ski/board tune means something different at every shop you visit, but a tune in a honest shop entails base grinding, side surface grinding, finish edge work, and hot wax. Every ski/board has different tuning needs, so to keep it fair we try to work on each ski/board the same amount of time. If your edges are thrashed they require more work, so it costs more. If you have core shots, you require base repair. Some skis/boards just do not make economic sense to repair. Bring em in and we will take a look and give an estimate. If they are beyond regular tuning, we will let you know
For any work beyond our regular services we charge a flat rate of $60 per hour.
All base repair requires examination and price estimation. All tunes come with very light base repair. Most base repair requires grinding of the entire base. If you have a deep enough slash it will expose the core which can get wet and swell and delaminate the base. Do not delay repairing this type of damage.
To ensure that your ski bindings release when they are designed to, Glacier Ski Shop techs can adjust them for your personal size and skier type, as suggested by the manufacturer. Some bindings may not be adjusted by us because the manufacturer has placed them on such a list. It is always a good idea to have your bindings checked before each ski season, because after sitting all summer the springs and release mechanisms can get dirty and rusty.
We can mount most newer bindings, but it depends on the exact bindings model and year. Some types of skis are not compatible with some bindings. It is a very good idea to have an expert match ski. binding, and boots before purchasing any of them. So many times have people come in for mounting with mix match gear that they shopped around for separately. Some examples are boot too soft for ski, or ski does not have mounting plate where binding mounting holes are, or bindings DIN settings do not match customer's skier type. So, come in and ask.
Custom Boot Fitting
It all starts with the boot, so make sure it is comfortable for years of enjoyment. Everyone's feet are different and there are different boot shapes from different manufacturers. A great boot for one person might be utter pain for another. The best thing is to get the right fitting boot first, then customize it. Glacier Ski Shop carries different boot manufacturers with varying shapes and stiffness. We also stock Intuition moldable liners.