Just like any other sport, regularly servicing your skis or snowboard throughout the winter season will increase the equipment’s performance and lifespan. The basic servicing consists of making sure the base is flat with enough wax and the edges sharp. This can be easily done at home and many more advanced skiers prefer doing it themselves by hand. For those of you who prefer to rent equipment or don’t feel the need to invest money to buy the proper tools to wax at home, you can always take your skis into a rental shop and have them serviced there. We at Ski & Board Traventuria know how important it is to have serviced skis, that why we fully service and tune all of our equipment after each rental. This makes sure all of our clients get the most out of the equipment they’ve rented.
Damaging your skis or snowboard is completely normal and part of the sport. That’s why when you return your rental skis to our shop, each pair goes through the same servicing process to make them as good as new. The first step in the process to the asses the damage done and needed repairs. Bases that have deep holes in them will first be filled with a material called P-tex. P-tex is heated and placed with a special pistol, that makes sure it’s put on evenly, without wasting more material than needed. The excess P-tex is scraped off, leaving the base flat and without holes. Most of the time this step in not necessary and the equipment will go straight to the grinding machine.
The grinding machine will remove any smaller scratches and imperfections, that don’t require being filled with P-tex. Once through the grinding process, the bases will be perfectly flat with no scratches. Before getting a fresh new layer of wax, the edges are sharpened using the same machine.
Now that we have a flat base and sharp edges, it’s time for the most important part – putting on a fresh layer of wax. Waxing your skis is important as this will affect the ski’s performance the most. The waxing machines we use consist of two rollers, one for putting on wax and one for removing any excess wax and giving the base a nice and even finish. The first roller is a carpet-like material that is heated and you rub the wax onto it. The second resembles a metal brush and is the finishing touch. The wax we use is “All-temperature” wax, this is the most universal wax and is suitable for temperatures between -8°C and 15°C.
Once the skis are serviced they are almost ready for the next client. The only thing left is for the bindings to be set up for the next riders boot size and weight. This is done by our staff just before giving you your equipment. Now you might be thinking, how many times can you do this to a pair of skis before there’s nothing left to grind? Rental-specific equipment has a thicker base and edges than a normal pair of skis, meaning that you can repeat this process more often. We also replace our skis after 2 seasons of use, so we always know that there is enough base material on the ski.
Ski & Board Traventuria is a leading provider of lift passes, equipment rental, airport transfers and ski school for the Borovets area. To book your next ski vacation in Borovets with us, please check our website – www.skiborovets.bg