best shop for ski tunes (Calgary area)

 

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What do you guys think? Who runs the best quality tune-up bench in the Calgary area? base repair, bench grind, edges, wax - the whole nine yards... and best $ value? I'm looking for quick turn around with great, dependable quality... thx!

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ski4ever wrote:
What do you guys think? Who runs the best quality tune-up bench in the Calgary area? base repair, bench grind, edges, wax - the whole nine yards... and best $ value? I'm looking for quick turn around with great, dependable quality... thx!

If you really want the "best quality tune-up bench" and "great dependable quality" get in line cause they aren't going to have a "quick turn around." Nor might they also be "the best value" :roll:

Supposedly, The Ski Cellar is the best and also has the longest turn-around time. Personally I haven't found much of a difference among the 2 shops I use.

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best shop for ski tunes (Calgary area)

For normal tuning on freeride skis I've used Ski Cellar (Chinook and 17th) and Mountain Bike City and both have been fine. Don (I think his name? Dude with the rad mustache) at 17th Ski Cellar is really good, used to take my stuff there in racing days. There's also that one guy who is supposed to be really good, Lou's or something? I remember he worked on volkls.

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After spending what seemed like a fortune for tunes, several years ago I finally broke down and started doing my own.

Basically, start the season off with a base grind & full blown tuneup from your favourite shop, then maintain them as you ski 'em. Takes a bit of effort but over the long run (depends on how many skiis you own) I think it pays off. Kuu, Toko, Holmenkol all sell tuning supplies which you can pick up most everywhere in town. Of course, if you totally screw your base with a core shot etc then you'll probably need pro tuner help...

Re: tuning benches - build permament one out of 2X4 & plywood, or buy a portable. Homenkol makes a bomber portable bench. There is also a guy a Pincher Ck who builds a nice bench but I can't remember his name.

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best shop for ski tunes (Calgary area)

thx guys... calgaryhiker, you've got a good point; the best tune may not be the fastest turn-around and I'd rather have the quality tune, even if it takes awhile..

for years we used SkiWest on 14 St. then last year we used Techno-Sports on 17th Ave.

I think I'm going to try BikeBros in Cochrane...

Seems like prices have gone up everywhere... $50 being norm... with 4 skiiers/riders in the family it can get pricey...

Grambo - you may be thinking of Felix, besides Lou's... he did the Volkl thing... but he really had a 'heavy hand' on the grinder and really took a lot of base/edge off each time...plus, rumour was that he removed your binders everytime... not sure that is a good idea...

newspark - you've got the right idea. I do have tuning equipment but get lazy or can't find the time ... but doing some work yourself, minor tunes and wax/scrape etc. is a good thing...

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best shop for ski tunes (Calgary area)

Every shop that does a good job takes the bindings off the ski, not sure if thats a good idea. Yes it is. This allows for even pressure on the stone.
How many times a year are you getting a full tune?
It should be done 2 times a year. Once for a cold snow texture and once in the spring for a wet snow texture. Ask at your shop and see what they tell you.
The ski cellar does some of the best work in the city hands down.

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I've used TechnoSport on 17th in the past, and they've done a very good job on tuning/repairing my skis. I doubt they are the cheapest, but you get what you pay for.

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charmingbob wrote:
I've used TechnoSport on 17th in the past, and they've done a very good job on tuning/repairing my skis. I doubt they are the cheapest, but you get what you pay for.

Do not go to Techno Sport. I had a pair of bindings to get mounted last year. Picked them up and went home, noticed 2 big bubbles in the bases. Idiots drilled to far. Took them back and said they would fix it.

Picked them up a week later and thought I got new skis but they just grounded the sh*t outta the bases till they were paper thin. Great job guys! Did a monkey think that?

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me13 wrote:
Every shop that does a good job takes the bindings off the ski, not sure if thats a good idea. Yes it is. This allows for even pressure on the stone.
How many times a year are you getting a full tune?
It should be done 2 times a year. Once for a cold snow texture and once in the spring for a wet snow texture. Ask at your shop and see what they tell you.
The ski cellar does some of the best work in the city hands down.

you have no idea what your talking about! when you work for a shop and understand what the machines are capable of you come back on and respond when you know what your talking about. your comment gave you no credibility! learn what your talking about before you resopnd

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how would you feel about going all the way to canmore?

if that's cool then i suggest you head to Coulair Ski and Bike. it's right beside the set of lights by the Mac's store.

you won't be disappointed!

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Do not go to Techno Sport. I had a pair of bindings to get mounted last year. Picked them up and went home, noticed 2 big bubbles in the bases. Idiots drilled to far. Took them back and said they would fix it.

Picked them up a week later and thought I got new skis but they just grounded the sh*t outta the bases till they were paper thin. Great job guys! Did a monkey think that?

Hmmm. Sorry to hear that you had a bad experience at Techno Sport PF. This is my third season working for them and in the time that I've been there I've learned that Barry (the owner) will pretty much bend over backwards to make a customer happy, including purchasing the best gear available for boot fitting, and ski/snowboard tuning. Also, any time I've screwed up a ski (it happens occasionally. Typically, bumps in bases happens from not drilling deep enough, or screws that are too long - more common with tele, or touring bindings) I've simply told Barry and he always gives the customer a new ski. I don't recall your particular situation and I'm not trying to discredit what you've said, I'm just giving my experiences there. I hope that we can help you better next time.

But, I digress. Our full tune includes a trip through the extruder. This puts a new layer of P-Tex over the whole base of the ski. It makes for a better bond than candling p-tex in as it heats the entire ski at the same time. Core shots, and deeper gouges often require some hand work and a different type of p-tex that bonds better to the core.
Once the ski/board has had all the neccessary patch work done it is taken through a 2004 Montana stone grinder. It is the newest grinder in Alberta by a number of years I believe, and the stone has been replaced once already (important as an overly worn stone does not balance properly and will not get the base perfectly flat).
Now that the ski has been ground flat it is taken over to a Wintersteiger ceramic disc edger where it gets sharpened with a 2o side and 1o base angle (89o this is the factory standard, though a number of different angles and bevels are available). Hand edging can also be done upon request, but we've found that the Wintersteiger gives the most even pressure thru the length of the ski and hardens the edge as it tunes for a longer lasting tune.
Next the ski is taken back thru the grinder for a structuring pass. Our head tech, Darcy, judges the upcoming snow conditions and decides on the best structure and depth to use but again, the customer is free to choose any pattern or depth they desire. (Different snow types ie. wet vs dry will benefit from different structures)
Finally, the ski is waxed with the appropriate wax for the upcoming weekend.
Though it is true that removing bindings from the ski will result in a more even pressure on the ski (as no bridge is used), the number of tunes done each week and required turn-around times do not make this a feasible option for most busy shops. Not to mention the fact that this does increase the likelihood of stripped binding holes.
Hope this helps. Please feel free to contact the shop (244-4492) if you have any questions or special requests. Ask for me (Miles), Darcy, or Barry.

PS. A full tune runs $50 and we try for a 48 hour turn around, depending on how busy the shop is.

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For another place to get a solid tune at a lower price. check out mountaincultures.com

$50 for base grind, wax and sharpen

Owned and operated by Ex Canadian National team member and World Cup medalist Jay Vaughan  (me)  :)

http://www.mountaincultures.com/buy/hardgoods/skiing/ski-tuning-service/full-tune-up.html