Skis and snowboards are constructed using advanced processes with hi-tech materials to produce optimum on-snow performance. General use will damage the bases, dull edges and remove wax from the bases leaving the skis running a little slow, harder to manoeuvre and edges that don't bite/grip. Your skis need to be serviced by a fully qualified ski technician who can produce that same factory finish using hi-tech machinery. Check out our list of servicing and prices below.
Full service + Hot box
For high-performance, what’s included: Base grind, P-tex gouges, edge sharpen, edge polish, high-spec structure (stone grind),& hot box wax. This service leaves your skis better than new!
Make your skis new again, what’s included: Base grind, p-tex gouges, edge sharpen, edge polish, structure base (stone grind) & iron hot wax.
Just a tickle up, what’s included: Base grind, edge sharpen & iron hot wax. Best saved for kids gear and older planks. Bases are left with a belt finish only.
Iron Hot Wax
The good old fashion way: You can’t beat a Iron hot wax for longevity. An iron hot wax opens up the base pours so the wax lasts longer giving a better glide for longer.
Hot Box Wax
The ultimate in ski or board base prepartion. If you want a wax that lasts and offers maximum glide. Find out more here
Hot Box Wax 3 Cycles
For racers that want the fastest skis. The skis will go through 3 cycles of hot boxing with hydrocarbon and flurocarbon waxes.
BASE PATCH OR EDGE REPAIR
For serious damage: Straighten or cut and replace damaged edge and/or cut out damaged base material and resin in new patch.
For when things fall apart: Using epoxy resin to glue your planks back together and make them water tight.
We can repair damage to your ski or board topsheet usig epoxy resin. This will prevent further damage and protect your equipment from snow/water.
Ski Binding Mount
Have our qualified ski technicians professional mount your ski binding (or re-mount including plugging old holes). If we do not have jig in stock add extra $10 to the price.
Climbing Skins Cut & Trim
We can cut & trim your ski climbing skins precisely for maximum grip while just exposing the edges for grip when you really need it.
Let's talk tech
Base structure makes a ski glide faster and turn improving control. Ski and snowboard base structure reduces suction/drag by breaking up and displacing the layer of water between the base and snow.
As the base passes across the snow heat is created caused by the friction. The heat in turn, melts the snow causing a layer of water. A small layer is needed to enable the ski to glide but too much water which is often the case in New Zealand temps can create too much drag and reduce the skis speed.
At Gnomes we have new hi-tech machinery capable of producing World Cup level structure and workshop technicians with years of experience and knowledge.
We can produce many types of structures even though we have a general recipe that works for a broad spectrum of snow types if you need something specific for your race skis please ask.
Hot Box Waxing
If you are after ultimate glide, ease of turn and longevity out of your wax then a hot box wax is the way to go. A single cycle of hot box waxing is equivalent to 10 layers of wax, fully saturating the bases with wax.
A standard hydrocarbon wax layer is then generously applied to the base with an iron, the skis will then be laid horizontally base-side-up in the hot box. The skis will sit in the hot box for 6hrs at 55°C. The wax is left to cool right off before scraping and brushing to reveal the structure.
On new race skis it’s best to have 3 cycles of hot boxing to 100% saturate the base.
If you have any questions regarding ski servicing, feel free to contact us for expert advice. Please call us on 03 318 8433 or email us.