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Blog :: 10-2012

Ski and Snowboard Tuning Shops Near Mount Snow

Ski and snowboard season is just around the corner,  which means equipment tuning should be at the top of your pre-season checklist -- right behind buying a season pass or taking note of all the special lift ticket deals of course. After 8 months of sitting in the closet, the attic or inside a board bag, odds are your gear will need a thorough going-over. But tuning yourself can be a pain. You've got to have the right tools, a good work space where you won't be melting wax onto your living room rug, and a pretty good idea of what you're doing. If you don't, you can end up doing serious damage to your equipment. So consider what's worse: sucking it up and taking your stuff to a pro or having to resort to rental equipment because you filed your edges off?

Thankfully, here in the Mount Snow Valley, skiing and snowboarding is kind of a big deal. There's a wide selection of ski shops to call on when the sliding gets slow or just to get a pre-pow-day checkup. After all, there's nothing worse than sticking to the snow because your base is bone dry or catching an edge because they've got walnut-sized burrs rusted onto them. A visit to one of these professional ski and snowboard doctors will get you set up and ensure you're sliding effortlessly on snow this season.

First Trax Sports Shop - Catering to the four-seasons of the active lifestyle, they offer a full service repair and tuning center. Rough edges to core shots from early season conditions, the technicians at First Trax will be able to repair and tune your skis and boards to get you ripping down the North Face at Mount Snow in no time.

Dover Sports Center - When you ski or ride hard, it's impossible to know when something on your setup might give. Not only will the Dover Sports Center get you waxed and sharpened for the season, but they offer custom boot fitting and other gear for sales

Mountain Riders - A shop for boarders, run by boarders. These guys understand the best tuning setups for park riders versus all-mountain shredders, so if you're looking to go big, go pay 'em a visit.

Grind at Mount Snow - Unlike when it comes to ski rentals, sometimes the on-mountain tune shop is the way to go. For quick adjustments between runs the convenience is hard to beat. If a surprise storm is supposed to roll in and drop a foot of powder, being able to pick up a freshly waxed setup on the way to first chair is ideal. Plus, should things get rocky in the early, or late conditions, a full base grind in their professional Montana robotic grinder might be just what the doctor ordered.

When you've beat on your equipment all day, drop it by one of the shops for an overnight and head to one of our winter rental homes, just a short hop from the shop doors.


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