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Ski Tuning

How Often Should I tune my Skis/Snowboard?

Winter is officially here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. You may be in the market for a new snowboard or skis,  maybe you’re just dusting of the cobwebs from your last year’s gear. But before you head up the mountain when was the last time you had your skis or snowboard tuned?  Ask yourself what has been done to your new skis or snowboard fresh out of the wrapper?

Maintaining your skis or snowboard will prolong the life of your gear and is vital to the performance of your equipment. If you notice your skis or snowboard aren't gripping as well, initiating a turn as easily, sliding on the snow as fast, you've waited too long for a tune. A general rule of thumb is to wait no more than 6-8 days for a tune. Drop your skis and snowboards into our Ski workshops in Queenstown and Wanaka, and talk to the experts.


By waxing your skis or snowboard they become hydrophobic, meaning that they will repel water. The more hydrophobic your skis or snowboard the faster they will be and easier to turn. Wax reduces friction, drag and the build up of snow particles on the base which can cause a sticky feeling in warmer snow conditions. You can never wax your equipment to much, but it is important to have them waxed properly in relation to the snow temperatures and match them to the correct wax temperature ranges to provide efficient performance. Colder wax has a higher melting temperature and is more resistant to coarser snow.

Wax Future waxing Outside Sports NZ

Montana Wax Future, state of the art infrared hot waxer. Outside Sports NZ.

5 steps to Maintaining your Skis and Snowboard

Get into the routine of checking your gear at the end of each day;

  1. Separate your skis and dry then off to avoid rusty edges.
  2. Check your bindings, din setting and brakes.
  3. Check the bases of your Skis or Snowboard for scratches and core shots. If you see white in spots on the base then they need waxing. If you notice parts of the base that still have wax on them, usually circular spots, this means that your bases aren't flat anymore.
  4. Run you finger (be careful) along the edges of your skis or snowboard, if you can feel burrs it’s time to get your edges sharpened.
  5. Take your finger nail to the edge and try to shave the top of your nail off, if nothing happens this means that the edges are dull and need sharpening.

Outside Sports offers the most precise ski and snowboard tuning and repairs. Our qualified team of international technicians use their tuning skills to ensure that your equipment gives you the ultimate performance.

Looking after your equipment on a regular basis will help keep the repair bills down, give it a longer life and ensure that it is always at peak performance.

Whether your skis or snowboard are in need of a wax, edge, sharpening or precision tune, head to Outside Sports. Overnight service, repeat-service discounts and special deals through the season. 

Ski workshop Queenstown Outside Sports NZ

Opening Hours:

Queenstown Ski Workshop

Open June 2nd - October 30th*

Everyday from 9.00am - 8.00pm

*Ski mounting and waxing is available all year round


Wanaka Ski Workshop

Open June 1st- October 30th

Everyday from 8.30am - 6.00pm


Can we Fix it?- Yes we can. Check out our Ski Technicians blog- step by step core shot repair.

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Alanna Columb and her Santa Cruz Carbon V10

Queenstown local Alanna Columb has just picked up her brand new 2015 650b Santa Cruz Carbon V10 downhill bike from the Outside Sports Ride Centre.  Alanna has recently become the New Zealand National Champion for downhill racing and she also won the New Zealand national downhill series.  Her hard work and success (along with a little help from our Ride Centre mechanics) has lead to her picking up Santa Cruz as a sponsor ready for her UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) World Cup and World Championship campaign this year.  As NZ national champ we’re looking forward to watching Alanna race the downhill mountain biking world cup rounds with the New Zealand flag on her sleeve – and fingers crossed we’ll see at least one podium this year.  Good luck Alanna.

Alanna Columb Santa Cruz Carbon V10 Outside Sports NZ

Need a bike? Need your bike serviced?- Check out our bike rentals and workshop at Outside Sports Queenstown and Wanaka.

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Can we fix it – Yes we Can


Opening day at any ski field is a wild one with lots of exited, fresh legs wanting to get their first turns and lap out all day. Meanwhile trying to remember how to turn and how fast you can go (or not). but this opening day was a special one  30cm of fresh snow on top of an already impressive base – it was going to be epic.

But with any ski field set on a base of sharp rocks there will be a few rocks popping up from the great base of snow, of course I found one. After lapping it out until my legs didn't work I headed for home to find this big surprise on my skis.


 A decent core shot, one of the best we've had in the ski workshop this season, but with a season start like this, it won't be the last.  Here's how we repaired it.

ImageStage 1 of the repair is to dry the base and clean any debris from the area. I also like to cut any sharp edges from the hole to make filling the hole easier.

  ImageStep 2  is to melt glue wire into the hole with the corner of the ptex gun at 300 degrees C.  This sets a good foundation for the ptex material to hold onto.

ImageStage 3 Allow the glue wire to cool and trim the material from the surrounding area with a craft knife. Now fill the hole with ptex base material either with a ptex stick or ptex gun. allow this to cool and scrape of the excess material.

ImageStage 4 Onto the legendary 'Montana snow cruiser max'  where it will be lightly ground to perfection and set with a light structure using a crystal glide finish, perfect for New Zealand snow conditions

Stage 5 - The finishing touch - the wax finish using our fantastic new 'wax future'  and we have a finished professionally repaired core shot.

Until the next powder day.


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