Have more fun skiing! It’s a delight to ski with comfortable, properly fitted ski boots and freshly tuned skis. With more than a century of combined expertise, our staff will restore your gear to peak performance with a tune, wax or repair.
Not sure what exactly you need? Bring in your gear and we’ll recommend the right services for you.
Custom Ski Boot Fitting
The right fit is the key to performance and enjoyment on the mountain.
Using everything from vintage cobbler’s tools to state-of-the-art scanning technology, our expert staff ensures you’re in the right boots, and that they’re properly fitted—so skiing is safer and more comfortable, whatever your ability level.
- Improved safety & performance
- Increased enjoyment
- Decreased fatigue
Shops vary considerably in what they consider a full ski tune. Factors such as the equipment they use and the experience of the tech can greatly affect the process and quality. Not all tunes are created equal!
California Ski Company has invested in state of the art tuning equipment! We’ve acquired the Reichmann Slopemaster and the DTSU2 Race Robotic tuning machines, guaranteeing consistent results and quick delivery and turnaround time. Opting to go a step above tuning robots designed for shop use, we looked to ski manufacturers to see what they used. The most durable machines with the best final product came from the German company, Reichmann.
At CalSkiCo we evaluate every ski that comes in for service and make our honest service recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Our standard “super tune” process includes:
A tuned ski is a safe ski that performs well, too. Tuning will increase your enjoyment and decrease your fatigue.
If you have questions about any part of this process, feel free to stop by, call, or email us. We are always happy to talk tech!
- Better control
- Improved performance
- Longer life
Very few recreational skiers wax their skis enough. Big deal you say? I don’t want to go fast anyway? Wrong on both counts! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that wax isn’t a key factor in ski performance. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that once a year is enough. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that waxing skis regularly is not an important part of ski maintenance. Waxing is important for multiple reasons.
Waxing makes skis glide more evenly and smoothly through the different types of snow we encounter on each run. You have all probably experienced the sudden jolt of hitting a Spring slush puddle, but did you consider that minor variations of this happen all the time on every run? Waxing minimizes this effect and makes us better skiers—and makes skiing more fun!
Waxing is also good for your skis’ general health. Ski bases accept wax not just onto the surface, but deep into the base, which keeps it from drying out. Just as your skin dries and becomes chalky and flaky if it is too dry, so do your ski bases. A base that gets too dry will develop a furry-feeling texture that makes it sticky and grabby on the snow. This makes it harder to ski well.
This can be fixed, but it will cost you. A new wax job alone will not repair this damage. The ski must be stone ground to cut past the damaged surface. If left too long, the base can even dry out to the point where it can shrink and pull away from the edges, which allows moisture to seep into the ski’s core the next time you ski. This can ruin your prized skis.
When and How Often?
“How often do I need to wax my skis?” is a good question with a tough answer. Most of our employees check our bases every ski day and wax after most ski days, but we admittedly are gear geeks. You really need to wax every 1-10 ski days depending on snow conditions. Wet snow has a more abrasive structure that leads to more frequent wax needs. Fluffy dry powder snow may mean you do not have to wax for a dozen days or more.
How can you tell if your skis need wax? The best tip is to get a good visual feel for your bases. A freshly waxed ski will have a rich, deep, glossy look. As wax dissipates, it will look more dull and chalky. If it looks gray instead of black it should be waxed ASAP (areas near the edge usually show this first). If it looks very gray and has a light fuzzy texture instead of smooth, it is long overdue!
There are different types of wax jobs. Here are the basic ones you may consider:
PHANTOM Glide – The ultimate
PHANTOM Glide is a game-changing product in ski base treatment. Applied just once, PHANTOM will provide smooth gliding for the life of the ski. Best done after a fresh tune or when a ski is new, PHANTOM Glide penetrates the entire base and hardens in a special oven so that it becomes permanent.
Hot Wax #1 – The real thing
A real hot wax is done with an iron. It takes at least 20 minutes to do it right. Prolonged exposure to heat will open up the porous ski base allowing for deep wax absorption. Cooling, scraping, and buffing are the important finishing touches of a hot wax.
Hot Wax #2 – NOT the real thing
Many resorts and shops advertise “hot wax” specials for about $5. This usually entails running your skis over a roller that runs through a vat of “hot wax”. Often you stand on the skis and simply glide over the roller right on the slope. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not a “real” hot wax; really more of a “topical” wax treatment.
This is typically the stuff that gets rubbed or sprayed on the ski base without the use of heat. Buffing it in will help but this really only puts a coat on the surface. Topical waxes certainly have their place but for the average Joe, this is not a substitute for a hot wax.
TIP: Topical waxing every day will prolong the durability of a hot wax and will save you time and money in the long run.
There are many different brands and types of waxes out there. Unless you do your own work don’t worry about it. Waxing with a candle is probably better than not waxing at all in most cases. For most tunes and hot wax work we use a universal wax which is pretty good for general California conditions other than spring skiing.
Racers have their own deal which is all about speed. No need to address that here. What is of importance is spring condition waxes. We have special waxes to deal with sticky California spring snow. If you are going to ski in California when the weather is warm, come by. We can recommend some special “juice” to make your day soo much better!
This is the most simple of tech tasks and can save you lots of $$$; we encourage all skiers to consider doing wax work at home.
Topical waxing every day will prolong the durability of a hot wax and will save you time and money in the long run.
Keep ’em running smooth and confident
There are all kinds of repairs needed on snow skis. They live a hard life! From minor scratches to broken edges; from core shots to delaminated top sheets…we repair it all. Whatever the required repair, we’ll give you an honest appraisal of how much it will cost and how well it will work.
Let California Ski Company get your sticks back on the snow after a catastrophe!
Fast, easy, and user-friendly
Whatever your rental needs, from equipment to cold-weather accessories, we’ve got you covered. Our ski rental packages include skis, boots, and poles, and we offer a variety of additional à la carte rental items as well. We invest heavily in the upkeep of our rental equipment to ensure an exceptional experience, on and off the mountain
Let California Ski Company outfit you for your next mountain adventure!
Why Choose CalSkiCo for Service?
1. Fast Turnaround
Our quick turn around time will get you back on the mountain in no time. Our ski techs aim for a 3 day turnaround.
2. Experienced Team
Our tech team has a century of combined expertise, so you know you and your gear are in the best possible hands.
3. Fair & Transparent Pricing
We’ll discuss the work needed with you and agree on the scope before starting any service on your gear.