The side (vertical) edge of the ski requires sharpening on a regular basis to maintain a proper tune. The edge angle is based off the ski base reference, so a 90 degree bevel angle is vertical, and every subsequent angle above 90 degrees pitches the ski edge towards the sidewall of the ski.
A 3 degree angle is the most common side edge angle for both Slalom and GS Race Skis. Most edge angle guides used for tuning reference either greater than or less than 90 degrees, so an 87 or a 93 degree angle guide would be the same 3 degree angle.
While our Montana Snow Star handles the heavy lifting of establishing the highest quality base structures, the majority of our ski tuning services are done by hand, utilizing the best tools available to our race technician.
Our technician uses an array of hand tools for sharpening ski edges, including the Swix EVO Pro Power Tuner. While this tool is not designed to change the edge angle of a ski, being a common task on new race stock skis, it performs incredibly well for sharpening side edges.
A final step will include polishing the edge with a diamond file and ceramic stone to smooth out any marks left by the rotation of the EVO Pro Diamond Disc.
As we offer this and all of our ski tuning services to customers nationwide, utilizing our door-to-door pre-labeled shipping service, we want to make sure your skis edges have enough 'meat' to handle any removal during the tuning process. If you have any doubts, reach out to us on chat and we can help you out.