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PTEX In Action: What it Takes

When snow is scarce, damage to your ski is inevitable.  When a gash in the base is deep enough to make its way through the base of the ski, we call it a core shot.  Some are big, some are small, but each repair gets the same skill and attention to detail.  PTEX is a repair some can do at home, but without the base grind, its impossible to get a ski back to looking and skiing like new.  Here is a step by step overview of what it takes to do a base repair.

Step 1:  Identify Necessary Repair

With a gash this big, its hard to miss.

With a gash this big, its hard to miss.

Right down through the ski into structural material

Right down through the ski into structural material.

Step 2:  Prep Your Wound

After trimming excess base material, we sand down burs and groves.

After trimming excess base material, we sand down burs and groves.

Step 3:  PTEX


Using the PTEX gun, we fill the grove with new material.

Using a convex hand anvil, the material is squeezed into the grove filling any excess space.

Step 4: Cleaning Up the Repair and Prepping for Base Grind.

The repair is then scraped to get the surface as flat as possible by hand.

The repair is then scraped to get the surface as flat as possible by hand.

Once scrapped, any holes or bubbles are re-filled and the process is repeated.

Once scrapped, any holes or bubbles are re-filled and the process is repeated.

Step 5:  Base Grind

On the Grinder

Passing through the base grinder.

Passing through the base grinder.

After a few passes on the grinder, this ski is ready to go!

After a number of passes on the grinder, this ski is ready to go!





5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Skis Tuned & Waxed Now!

Some people go seasons without tuning or waxing their skis, and out on the slopes it shows, even if they don’t know any better. Getting a fresh tune and wax at Start Haus is one of the best things you can do to get your season started off right. Here’s why:

1) Well tuned skis are easier and more fun to ski. You’re legs are probably a little rusty, don’t add to first day frustrations with rusty edges or sticky bases. It takes us all a few runs to get our snow legs back, and if your skis aren’t running smoothly on funky early season snow or your edges aren’t biting on those man-made icy patches, you’re more likely to throw in the towel and go into the lodge for drinks.

2) Ski bases dry out all summer long. You didn’t put storage wax on at the end of last season like we told you to, did you? If your bases are getting discolored, white or chalky looking, they’re drying out. Dried out bases also shrink, affecting the tune of your ski too. It’s not the end of the world, but they’ll run really poorly – so get them in for a proper hot scrape and wax at Start Haus to really get wax down into the material and the tune fixed.

3) Edges get dinged and can rust in storage. Storage wax can also help protect metal from moisture, so if you skipped that step, chances are your edges won’t be ready for prime-time out of the gate. Getting a tune by the pros at Start Haus ensures they will run smooth so you won’t catch awkwardly or skid unexpectedly your first day out.

4) Don’t forget about last season’s damage you swore you’d take care of over the summer. Don’t let scratches or core shots in your base keep you from making first chair. Get the repairs you need done by the best technicians in the business.

5) If you were a good skier and did have us put on storage wax, don’t forget to take it off. That glopped on wax that was doing your bases so much good won’t do you any good if you don’t get a good scrape and brush. We’ll make sure you’ve got the perfect shiny finish on your bases so they run smooth and fast.


Start Haus Ski Tuning Videos – Part 4 – Side Edge Tuning

The Next two videos in our series take us through setting and finishing the side angle of the ski in sharpening your ski edges.

First up, here’s what you need to know about the tools you’ll need (shop ski tuning tools here).

Next, we show you the proper technique for setting and finishing the ski edge:

The whole video series is available here, or you can buy the DVD for easy access here.


Start Haus Ski Tuning Instructional Videos – Part 3 – Tools

The Next 3 videos in our World Cup Ski Tuning Series walks us through some key tool & tool maintenance points. The right clamps for the job, files and taking care of your tools.

First up, caring for your ski tuning tools:

Next, the right clamps for holding your files to your edge angle and base bevel guides:

All you need to know about files:

If you want all the ski tuning videos in one place, you can buy the World Cup Ski Tuning DVD here, and you can get all the tools and wax you need here.


Start Haus Ski Tuning Videos – Part 2 – Base Bevel & Sidewalls

In the next three videos, we’ll get you started tuning your skis. First up, you’ll have to set the base bevel on your ski:

Next up, let’s talk about sidewalls. You’ll need to be able to work with your ski’s sidewall to work on the ski’s edge, specifically setting the side angle:

And here Jim shows us how to shape the sidewall, both setting you up to work on the edge and creating a smooth surface for the ski to run on up on edge:

In case you missed the first series of videos, click here, or stay tuned as the series continues on our Youtube channel here.

And of course, get all the ski tools you need at starthaus.com.


Start Haus Ski Tuning Instructional Videos – Part 1

Welcome to the Start Haus ski tuning video series, where Start Haus owner and World Cup Serviceman Jim Schaffner shows you how to tune your skis like a pro, making tuning easier and your skis faster.


We’ll add videos each week, taking you through the ins and outs of ski tuning and waxing.

First up, meet Jim:

Next up, Jim shows you how to set up your work station with the right tools in the right places so you can work quickly and efficiently. You can shop ski tools here.

Last in this week’s group, Jim shows you how to position your body to work efficiently, more leverage and less energy goes a long way in getting your skis set right without an achy back:

Now that we’ve got your work station and your positioning dialed in, we’ll move onto tuning next week. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at online@starthaus.com or call the shop. You can buy the entire World Cup Ski Tuning DVD here.


Wax Call for Sugar Bowl GS 4-15-12

For Tahoe spring races, there are some consistent tricks for speed.  Our Spring snow changes from 1st run to second run; and there is dirt, oil, tree sap as well as pollen mixed into the snow.  We are also dealing with some dusting’s of new snow.  You will need to use some form of antistat to keep the dirt, oil and tree sap from adhering to your wax mix. Graphite plays a key role in the performance of your antistat thus why we also carry high fluoro graphite to use as an additive to any base wax.  The best is Start Haus Warm Antistat by Dominator or Dominator FG88 or SRB32.  These should be rubbed on the dry base before you iron your wax in.  It is also effective to mix these antistats with your overlay to help repel dirt.


  • Dominator – Race Zoom Old Snow/SRB32 or HF Pink/SRB32 50/50 Mix
  • Holmenkol – Hybrid Red/SRB32 50/50 Mix
  • Swix – LF8/SRB32 50/50 Mix
  • Toko – LF Red/SRB32 50/50 Mix
  • Note: Dominator SRB32= Start Haus Warm Old Snow


  • Holmenkol – Wet Speed Block
  • Swix – Turbo Block Wet
  • Toko – Red HelX or Jet Stream Red

Remember to brush out and re-apply antistat in between runs!!!