Everything you Should Know About Ski Tune Ups

Published by Harry Sowers on

About Professional Ski Tune Ups

Every piece of equipment that we have and use needs to be maintained so they last for a long time. You don’t want to have to spend extra money replacing them sooner than expected. Tools, cars, appliances, and clothing are all items that we expect to repair, but you also have to care for your skiing equipment. Goggles, ski poles, skis, clothing, and ski bags are all items that must be repaired as soon as they break or the rough weather and vigorous skiing could make problems worse. If you don’t repair or maintain your skis on a consistent basis, the worst could happen. Your skis could break while you are speeding down a trail or mountain top, causing you to have serious or permanent injuries. But when should you tune up your skis, and how much is the average tune-up?

How Often Should Skis Be Tuned?

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Tuning your skis keeps up their performance and extends their lifespan. How often should you tune your skis?  If you ask a person who tunes skis as part of their job how often a skier should bring in their skis, they will say every 20 to 25 skiing days. Because skis deteriorate based on the days of actual usage, you don’t have to tune them every 20 days on the calendar. Be sure to track the days that you do ski, and when those days finally reach about 20 to 25 skiing days, then it is time for a tuning. Just like any piece of equipment, if you wait too long and use your skis nonstop without having them tuned, they could develop larger cracks or breaks that will take longer to repair. This could also cause your ski repair bill to skyrocket.

If you are looking for more information on ski edge damage or determining your edge angle read our guide here.

Considerations for Timing Your Ski Tune Ups

But remember that 20 to 25 days is the average tune uptime. Depending on the type of skiing you perform, you may have to bring your skis sooner or later. If you do a lot of cross country skiing, you should bring in your skis about every 15 to 20 days. 

If you are a beginner skier, you won’t need to tune up your skis until after a month of skiing sessions have passed. As a beginner, you aren’t able to put your equipment through the intense activity as intermediate and advanced skiers do. 

When you purchase your skis, ask the workers in the winter sports store about the ski’s specific tuning schedule. Many manufacturers also have information regarding average tuning times for their skis, although it may not be readily available to their customers. All a person needs to do to find this information is to email the manufacturer and ask about the length of time between tunings for the specific model of skis that they have.

How Much Should You Pay For A Ski Tune Up?

There is an average cost for a basic ski tune-up, but that price will go up if you add additional services. At the bare minimum, in order to repair your skis and remove any cracks or holes,  you will have to spend $25. 

If it has been longer than 40 days, your skis will need a full tune-up and repair, which costs around $50. A full tune-up and repair include a base tune, an edge reset, and reinforces and repairs any structural damage. 

How much does a Ski Waxing Cost?

Waxed and sharpened skis
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A basic tuning does not require hot wax treatment. If you add on a hot wax treatment, then your total bill will be about $45.

If your skis need a simple waxing, this usually costs around $5 to $10 depending on the type of wax. But there are some stores that offer free wax when you make a purchase of $50 or more.

How much does Ski Sharpening Cost?

One popular method of tuning up your skis while saving money is to purchase three or four tune-ups ahead of time. That means if a single tune-up is around $30, some shops could have a deal where you could purchase for tune-ups for $100. This means you would save about $20. 

One factor that can influence ski tuning cost is how many ski shops are in the area. If you live in a place where skiing is a major part of the local community, then there should be several winter sports stores. In this case, the price will stay down because all the stores want to be in competition with each other. But if you frequent a winter sports store that is the only one around for tens of miles, the prices will definitely be higher because it is the only store in the area. Watch out because their services might be worse for this same reason too.

Some tuning fees cost $50. If the shop is the only one around, but when there are multiple shops, then the fee may go down to $20.


Skis should be tuned and repaired whenever they are damaged. You should never use a pair of skis that have obvious signs of deterioration or neglect. If you ignore your skis for long enough, they may not be able to be repaired by the time you bring them into the shop. Skiers want their skis to be nice and maintain their integrity and they may not have room in their schedule to take their skis. However, if you take a trip to a ski resort or to an area that caters to many skiers and snowboarders, there will definitely be skiing services and repair or tuning services close by. If you can, reserve the first day of your trip to tuning your skis. This will give you more time to refresh and eat a delicious meal and wind down from traveling.  When you awaken in the early morning dawn, your skin will be ready, and you will have the energy for the whole day.

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Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.