Tuning Process

Regular Tune up $34.95. Base Repair is additional cost

An old ski instructor of mine used to tell me, “take care of what you love.” Well at the time, I loved my pet hermit crab, Julius. My skis rusted in the garage every year, but Julius grew to be the strongest hermit crab on the block. Sometime after the tragic funeral, I found my neglected skis, recalled what my ski instructor had told me, and never let those skis rust or want for wax again. Here is how the experts at Aspen Ski and Board take care of what you love-our tuning process is the best on the block. 

PHANTOM Glide™ Base Treatment

New for the 22/23 ski season, Aspen Ski and Board is proud to offer the DPS PHANTOM Glide Base Treatment. Drop in Aspen Ski & Board and ask about the new PHANTOM Glide Treatment. We are the only experienced dealer within Ohio that currently has this unique service available. This one-time cost of $159.95 includes; ASBCO signature Phantom tune (small P-TEX included, core shots are repairable for additional cost), permanent application of PHANTOM Glide, and the use of PHANTOM Glides UV cure station.

What is PHANTOM Glide™ Base Treatment?

PHANTOM Glide is a permanent, high-performance base treatment for skis and snowboards that increases hydrophobicity and improves glide performance across a variety of snow conditions. PHANTOM Glide is not wax. PHANTOM Glide differs from traditional wax because iron on wax is not permanent. Wax is a temporary glide solution that functions only by coating the top layer of your base. After just a few days, traditional wax wears off and glide performance diminishes.

How Does it work?

With its patent-pending polymer technology, PHANTOM Glide uses microscopic short chain compounds to penetrate and diffuse into the unstructured sections of your ski or snowboard base. Think of it as water filling a jar of marbles, just on a molecular level. Traditional wax is not capable of doing this because wax molecules are too large to move through the base material. After PHANTOM Glide has been absorbed into the base, UV light is used to activate the curing process, permanently bonding PHANTOM Glide to the base material. This can be accomplished using a PHANTOM Glide Cure Station. After a single finishing pass with a roto brush or PHANTOM Glide Polishing Pad, your base(s) are fully treated and ready to glide.

Why do I need it?

Simply put, PHANTOM Glide makes skiing and snowboarding more fun. Beyond that, there are three key benefits of PHANTOM Glide: Permanence: Waxing skis and snowboards is time-consuming and for optimal results, it needs to be done frequently. With just one application of PHANTOM Glide, your bases are effectively treated, and will provide you with increased glide for the life of your ski or snowboard. Continuously buying and dripping wax onto your bases gets expensive, especially if you’re getting it done by a shop a few times a season. PHANTOM Glide is a one-time investment that pays for itself each time you go skiing or snowboarding. Performance: Increased glide allows for better control and predictability on all snow conditions, creating an overall better experience on the mountain. It’s a game changer for both skiers and snowboarders. Environment: PHANTOM Glide possesses no environmental harm, and it doesn’t wear off in the snow and end up downstream. We pride ourselves on being an industry leader with our eco-conscious base treatment.

The Base Edge

We like to get started by establishing the bevel on your base edge first. Unless otherwise specified, we will generally put a 1 degree bevel on your base. The 1 degree of edge that now separates base edge from snow will still allow for excellent hold. However this slight parting between edge and snow will also reduce friction, increase glide, and prevent skis from "biting" too aggressively in the snow.

Wet Belt Sanding

With the base edges properly set, the next step is to run the base of your equipment across the surface of a wet belt sander. Factors like belt speed, pressure on the ski, and the speed at which the equipment is fed through the machine all affect how much material is taken off. Generally, the point of wet belt sanding is to remove any wax particles still clinging to the base and to further polish the base edge. More often than not, clean up is required for skis or boards that are heavily damaged or rusted. Belt sanding is the best way to remove this material.

The Stone Grind

This is where the magic happens. Stone grinding is the best way to flatten bases. This is because it cuts away base material, doesn't leave behind trailing fibers, and will not make the base concave as a wet belt sander can do. A flat base makes all the difference imaginable when skiing by creating a truer response to the skier’s movements. The pattern that is cut into the base serves a purpose as well. This pattern will direct water droplets formed by heat friction away from the base in a more efficient matter. Aspen Ski and Board utilizes a tiger stripe pattern created by the state-of-the-art Wintersteiger Sigma SBI machine this stone grind pattern reduces friction, increases glide, and prevents any suction from occurring. In simple terms, the stone grind makes for a smoother riding experience.

Tech nerd note: We do not use an overly deep structure that needs to be knocked down after grinding. The same principle applies for fanged base edges (that's why we go ahead and take care of the base edge first).

The Side Edge

When it comes to the side edge, we use a combination of skiier ability and the manufacturer's specs to set the side edge. We are happy to produce any side edge bevel you wish. The more side bevel incurred dictates the grip it will have on the snow. Typical side edge bevels are 1.0 - 3.0 degrees.


Detuning is a process in which the razor sharp finish of edge sharpening is polished by removing any burrs that may have occurred from sharpening. Detuning protects against edges that “bite” too aggressively and helps with turn initiation. This is done by a soft gummy-stone that removes burrs and dirt particles from the edge. In addition, detuning refers to the removal of extremely sharp edges that are not in contact with the snow. Do not confuse this with dulling. We do not dramatically file away the tips and tails of skis as is done with dulling. In addition, we do not reduce the contact points of the ski or board by detuning down the effective edge.

Base Prep and Wax

We like to treat the base of your ski or snow board with a thorough "massage" of fiberlene-- this removes any micro-hairs still present after stone grinding. Once we are content with the condition of the base we will apply Swix wax.

Scraping and Buffing

After the wax cools, the excess wax is scraped off the base of your equipment. Several different brushes are utilized to buff, expose the base, and remove any particle wax. Once finished, your equipment is stored away and eagerly waits for your arrival and a day on the slopes!

Race Tuning

Race tunes involve a deeper and more methodical approach to tuning because a tune-up can greatly affect the performance of the ski when it comes time to race. Wax selection alone is based on factors like air and snow temperature, snow granulation, relative humidity, and snow friction. Race disciplines dictate certain base and side edge bevels, stone grind patterns, wax cycles, and brushing regimens. For those who actively race, we are happy to offer our extensive expertise in helping selection what is appropriate for you. Starting at a cost of $129.95, race tunes are done in the hands of extremely capable and knowledgeable technicians using the best possible tools and machines currently on the market. Stop in and ask to speak with a Head Technician to discuss your preferences and get you dialed in for race day! Please allow a minimum of 7 days of lead time for Race tunes!