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Ski & Snowboard Edge Tuning & Bevel

In order to keep your snowboard and skis perform like they’re designed to, it is important to tune them regularly. Having sharp edges, a flat base, and a good wax job can make all the difference between an epic and terrible day. Edge tuning can be accomplished at home and unlike waxing a snowboard is not as messy, however it is best if you let a professional shop such as Stick Docs to handle edge tuning and fixing burrs. Skilled technicians and machinery can so a far better job than a tune performed at home.

Those who ski or snowboard once or twice a year may only need to tune their edges once a season, on the other hand if you’re a frequent snowboarder and skier then you may want to tune your edges more often. A Snowboard with sharp edges will help you in turns and will improve your general grip and edge control in the different snow surfaces. As you use your Snowboard for longer periods of time, the edges will start to wear off, and become rounded and burred.

Each Snowboard has two edges:

  • The Side Edge: the metal edge at the side of your Snowboard
  • The Base Edge: the metal edge at the base of your Snowboard



Deburring Snowboard Edge
Use a diamond stone and drag it from the tip to the tail of the edge of the snowboard or skis. Repeat the movement until all nicks and burrs are gone and the edges are smooth.


Base Edge Tuning
Base Edge Tuning
A file is the best tool to tune snowboard and ski edges. Start off with the base edge of the Snowboard. Still, take care with filing. Make sure not to file the base of the board and only file as little as needed.


Side Edge Tuning
Side Edge Tuning
After filing the base, you can file the side edges. Use a small file so you won’t have a hard time filing the sidecut of your Snowboard. Special edge files will make it easier to determine the angle that you are filing in.


There are several options for side and base edge tuning:


bevel1Base edge angle is 0, side edge angle is 90 degrees. Most boards come from the shop with these angles leaving you with enough options to change it.

bevel2Base edge angle is 0, side edge angle is smaller than 90 degrees. This gives you a sharper side edge which will increase your grip on turns in snow. This setting is handy for icy conditions.

bevel3Base edge angle is larger than 0 degrees, side edge angle is 90 degrees. This dulls your side egde decreasing your grip but increasing your boards grip. It will also make it easier to make turns.

bevel4Base edge angle is larger than 0 degrees, side edge angle smaller than 90 degrees. By tuning both edges you can actually maintain the 90 degree in your edge but with a repositioning. Some people find that in this way, they can profit from both effects: more speed and easier turns.