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State of The Art Tuning

The best in Swiss ski and snowboard service is now at the Totem Pole. More than 25 ski manufacturers rely on Montana machines and now you can have the same top level of service at retail. Our state of the art MONTANA SAPHIR is turning heads in the industry, providing the best in glide for Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard.

Montana Saphir

Unlike most service centers that run equipment from a single supplier we run machines from Montana, Winterstager, and R off B. This gives us the flexibility to use the best equipment available from every manufacturer. It also lets us isolate what skis go through each process and specialize what each machine does best.

In the case of our Winterstager Trim Jet we are running the superfine cup wheels that create an edge that is sharper and smoother for racing service, compared to most stores in the country that run medium cup wheels. One of the reason we can do this is our multi-machine platform, our Wintersteiger Trim Jet is most often used for racing service side edging that requires more polishing and less material removal. For most consumer and rental skis these cup wheels wouldn’t have the desired output rate.

We have the capability to set base bevels from approximately .3 degrees with a machinist modified hand tool for the highest level SL athletes to completely rolled over sanded edge for an Urban park ski. For most of our skis we finishing with a radial base bevel that is APPROX .7~1 at the tip and tail and .4~.7 under foot (to preference). Radial tuning gives increased grip under foot, and allows the tip and tail to release easier. This gives a more balanced, progressive feel to skis, especially those with rocker. This methodology has been used on DH and SG skis for many years and is now available at the retail level. It’s hard to convey the importance of base beveling so stop in or call and have a chat with us to find out what would work best for you.

Tuning Services

Tune: $45 Includes Sharpen + Wax + Chrystal Glide stone finish and Radial Base finish on our Montana Challenge.

High Performance Tune: $50 Includes Cup Wheel finish for a more polished and sharper side edge.

Grind: $55 Includes Making the ski flat and final structure. (no Edging)

Grind with Edging: $65 Bevel to your spec. *ADULT FIS GS skis are done with Radial unless asked otherwise. .4 under foot .7 tip & tail. SL at .5 unless asked. .3 upon request.

Full Race Prep: $125Adult & $105Jr Includes sidewalls prepped, bevel angles set and skis ground with base structure, Base Prep wax + Race wax and Infrared cycle.

Welding: $5 + Includes Base welding with P-Tex or Epoxy for Delam work.

Hot Wax Only: $10 IR Wax not roll and buff!

IR Cycle: Depends on wax used: $10 to 20

Mount System Bindings: $25 Includes Test

Toque Test: $22

Mount Standard Flat Ski + Binding: $49 Bought elsewhere*

SIDE edge only with quick wax: $15 **not all skis are available for this service.

Season tuning packages are available and customized to the needs of the individual skier. Call or stop by to discuss your tuning needs with one of our expert technicians.  

Note For Freestyle & Mogul Skiers

Mogul skiers demand a ski that can accelerate quickly but still swivel and not catch on the side of moguls. Using the same grind we use on many of our SL skis with less depth of cut to allow easier lateral movement but still having a structure to brake suction.



DEPTH OF CUT: 3-6 1/2 100 mm
OTHER: all snow conditions for consistency of ski-ability

The lines outside the bow are actually blank with no texture. The computer has trouble rendering this.

If you took a GS course and turned up the gate sides toward each other and left the transition flat, like a captial U, and then removed the snow under the gate so that it would be suspended horizontally in the air, you would have in essence a half pipe run. All the new grinding technology with bows or chevrons has failed to help the pipe skier because these grinds are all developed for skis to travel in one direction. The only true bidirectional grinds are those that are cross or straight liner. We have developed a few grinds from our knowledge of GS racing skis and combined with what we know about spinning and come up with what you see below.



Structure: VR4-PIPE-70 xx
Depth of Cut: 5-8 1/2 100mm, Usually lighter
Other: A GS grind inside for straight line speed and a finer cross on the outside to brake suction and still allow less rotational drag when entering the pipe. The fine texture on the side helps brake suction on the softer/newer snow across the transition. The outside areas can also be made blank for harder snow or ease of transition from a late spin landing.