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Ski Service

Ski Service

Find Your Grind

Classic Stone Grinds

Unique to the classic LC grinds is our ability to make linear 'centered' grinds. In traditional linear grinds, the structure pattern trends off the ski to one side, from left to right. In 'centered' grinds the pattern begins at the center and trends off the ski both to the left and right, allowing for better moisture management and tracking. Our classic grinds also take advantage of the VarioTech Technology on our machine. Variotech allows us to cut grinds that get deeper and wider down the ski from tip to tail.

LC4 - Wet and transformed snow - range +25F and up The LC4 is an aggressive, wet snow grind and is a good choice for 'klister' and 'klister-covered' conditions. 

LC2 - Universal grind for all types of snow - range +10F / +30F. The LC2 has a large temperature range and is a good choice for classic skiers looking for one grind suitable for all conditions.

LC0 - Fine grind for all types of snow - range -5F / +15F. The LCO is a classic stone grind suited for cold-temperature snow, new and transformed. 

Find Your Grind

Skate Stone Grinds

All of our core skate grinds are compound grinds made as two grinds cut onto the ski one on top of the other or two grinds cut into the stone. The LZ0 and the LZ2 run well in both new and transformed snow and both can perform outside of the printed range. The PL3 and PL4 are best suited for transformed snow, but the PL3 will often perform well in new snow if the humidity is high enough. The PL3 and PL4 are cut using our new VarioTech technology recently installed on our Tazzarri grinder. The VarioTech allows us to cut grinds that get wider and deeper down the ski from tip to tail. This helps to better manage moisture and friction on the parts of the ski that need it most. For skiers looking for one grind to perform in all conditions in the Midwest - the LZ2 would be the choice. In other parts of the country with warmer and more humid snow, the PL3 would be a good choice. At Gear West, we are always happy to discuss appropriate grind choices for skis!

PL4 - Aggressive skate grind for wet snow conditions - range +32F and up. The PL4 is for wet, transformed snow and is a good choice for those with a dedicated wet snow ski.

PL3 - Universal grind - range +20F / +40F. The PL3 is a broad range grind and runs well in many different snow types. It is more aggressive than our LZ2 making it a better option as a universal grind for areas of the country that have warmer and more humid snow. It is also a good option as a base grind for warmer profile skate skis and clear base skis.

LZ2 - Universal/Cold grind - range +10F / +35F. The LZ2 is a universal grind that runs well in all snow types and has a broad temperature range. This grind is our go-to grind for customers looking for one grind that performs in all conditions. It accepts hand structure very well and can be made more aggressive this way for warm and wet conditions.

LZ0 - Fine, cold grind - range -10F / +15F. The LZ0 is a fine, cold snow grind that is suitable for all sold snow types. It has an ideal range of -10F to 15F but can often perform outside of the range. The LZ0 is a good option for those skiers looking for a grind for dedicated pair of cold skis, and can also be a suitable option as a base grind for those with experience with hand structure.

Wax and Base Options

Wax and Base Prep

Base Hardening Base Prep - The Gear West Base Hardening Base Prep (formally our Race Ready Hotbox) starts off with the standard four-hour saturation with soft hot box specific wax. The skis are then scraped and brushed before being put back into the hot box for two hours with a racing blue to harden the bases using slow hear base saturation. This process is the best way to have fresh stone grounds skis and new race skies prepped for skiing without having to use a hot iron on the skis. Since the base is pre hardened after a Race Ready Hot Box, the only service that is required after completion is the application of one or more layers of the 'wax of the day'.

Ready to Ski Hot Box - Our Ready to Ski treatment involves complete saturation of the ski in the hotbox with a yellow layer of wax. After the hotbox treatment, the ski is scraped and brushed and the 'wax of the day' is applied and scraped and brushed. This is the best way to have skis ready to ski when you walk out of our door.

Birkie Race Wax Service - Training for a Cross Country Ski Marathon is hard enough. Save time and reduce stress by having your skis precision glide waxed by the best in the business! Gear West Race Wax Service is the best way to get your skis prepped by professionals while you can focus on the other things that make you go fast on race day. This year for our American Birkebeiner service, we have done extensive testing on the new non-fluorinated race waxes from Swix. We will be using our experience to bring the best combination of waxes to your skis.

Let us hand pick your new race ski!

Let us hand pick your new race ski!

Get Your Ski

Service Fees:

Grinds: $95.
Grinds for Skin Skis take additional time and are an additional $15: $110

All ground skis should be followed with a wax service. We recommend an “RTS” Ready-to-Ski ($35 a pair) for most skiers. With an RTS, the ski is Hot-Boxed post-grind and is then scraped and waxed with hard wax.  

For racers, we recommend our Race Ready Hotbox ($50 a pair). Race Ready skis are double hotboxed with a hard wax for the ultimate base hardening. 

Gear West charges $40 for up to 3 pairs of skis to return skis sent to us for service. Turnaround times may vary.

All grinds are initiated in batches starting Monday morning and take 5 days to complete.

Additional ski services? Please contact Gear West or 952-473-0377. We can discuss options and any additional costs.