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De-tuning Skis and Snowboards

Whenever you get a brand new board, it’s recommendable to de-tune the edges of tip and tail. Some boards come with the contact points already de-tuned, but detuning them a little bit more is not a bad idea.

What is de-tuning a snowboard edge mean?
Detuning a snowboard edge means rounding off sharp edge of a snowboard with a file and it is usually done on contact points and any part of the edge that is not n contact with the snow, i.e. the nose and tail. De-tuning is often done when the board or skis first come from the factory and edges are razor sharp.

Why should snowboards and skis be de-tuned?
The main point of de-tuning the edges of a snowboard is to avoid unexpected edge catches while riding, landing a jump or sliding on rails and boxes and other park or street style features. It gives the rider a smoother and more secure feeling and prevents you from some bad falls.

What part of your snowboard should you de-tune?
The parts of the edge you’re de-tuning depend on your riding style, however you should always consider de-tuning the 4 contact points of your board. The contact points are the tip and tail edges of the widest part of your snowboard. If you only ride street rails or urban features then I’d detune your edges all the way around your board but don’t do this if you want to ride at a resort.