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«How to maintain your skis» by a ski man in Les 2 Alpes

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Philippe has been a ski man in Les 2 Alpes for the past 30 years. Here, he explains how to care for your skis in 6 easy steps.


«At the start of the season, make sure you check your bindings. There are 3 things to bear in mind when you set your bindings: your weight, the length of the ski and your proficiency level. So, before you get back on your skis, jump on the scales to adjust your bindings according to your weight gain or loss.»

bindings ski

Repairing the base:

«There are two ways to repair the base of your ski: filling and welding. The holes can be filled in with a ski repair stick that you heat and apply to the damaged areas. Then scrape away the surplus to end up with a smooth surface in line with the rest of the ski base. If there is any major damage, welding may be required, which means using a machine that will repair the whole base.»

Sharpening the edges:

«The edges allow your skis to grip the snow when you turn. As soon as you feel they are not gripping properly, they need to be sharpened. The default angle for customers is 90°, but this can be adjusted to suit. (It’s actually 89° with a 1° base edge bevel to make it easier to pivot and slide.) We use a  machine to do this but you can also do it by hand with a file.»

Base structure:

«Structuring the ski base gives your skis the perfect finish and is carried out on request. It basically grinds a pattern into the base, according to the type of snow you will be skiing in. For example, some structures are better suited to cold snow (early season) which keeps the pellicule of water beneath the ski to help it glide better. Others are better for wet snow (late season), which repel the water, sending it to the sides and maintaining an optimal surface contact with the snow.»

waxing ski


«There are different waxes for different types of snow. The universal wax is white, the blue one is for very cold snow or early season skiing and the pink one is for warmer, late season snow. We don’t do this by hand anymore as we have a machine that we use specifically for waxing. Hot rollers apply and spread the wax over the base.» 

A waxing iron and scraper can also be used to do this job if you prefer.


«Remember to wipe them down your skis each time you use them, then store them in a dry place. At the end of the season it’s best to wax them to protect the base until the folowing season, making sure they don’t go rusty. As for your ski boots, make sure you close the buckles even when you’re not wearing them so that the plastic retains its shape.»

Our tip: Use a ski strap; the foam piece inserted between the two skis lets your bases and edges dry more quickly, helping to prevent rust.

Pictures : Sébastien Perrier