Mono Cera loves to ski & ride as much as you do & are committed to providing you with a tune that will ensure you get the most out of your equipment. Our goal is to allow you more time on the mountain by offering you overnight service with a convenient early morning pickup option. Mono Cera uses products provided by Summit County's own Purl Wax & supports their all natural organic line of waxes.
Well, winter is here again. It never really left for Mono Cera, or should I say “Mono Cera never really left winter”?
I was given the incredible opportunity by gold medal Half Pipe Coach, Benny Bright, to set up shop in south island New Zealand. The shop is in Wanaka, nestled between Cardrona & Snow Park. If you’re down that way, look for the skate ramp out front!
I was lucky enough to work on hill & in house with both freestyle professionals & super keen locals as they trained & prepared for this upcoming northern hemisphere season.
Speaking of the northern hemisphere, I’m excited to be finishing up a much needed revamp to the shop here in Dillon & get back to assisting you so you can enjoy the winter on your gear!
Come on by for a cold one, say hello & check out the new space.
Well, it’s been a while since the last blog. If you’re in North America, there really hasn’t been much of a winter to speak of… so far. It’s coming though. Europe’s recent heavy snowfalls only suggest that it’s on it’s way, albeit a little later than sooner.
For most of us its been more of a practice of getting on hill to simply keep your legs and body strong for when it does arrive. For us techs, fortunately the contest tours stop for no one, not even “Old Man Winter”! This means that contest equipment is constantly worked on, to ensure that it ready for optimal performance when called upon. Since the first US Chevy Grand Prix and Mountain Dew Tour stops, Mono Cera has been putting in countless hours attending to numerous skis and snowboards. Beginning with base grinds for proper structure, setting edges and relentless waxing, gear is brought up to a working condition that will hopefully provide these athletes with the highest level of success.
As I write this I’m waiting to board a flight for the East Coast and the next stop on the Mt. Dew Tour at Killington, VT. You want to know something crazy, it’s starting to snow out east-! Right on schedule. We’ll try to keep you posted.
Sorry it’s been so long! Wow, in case you’ve missed it, and it would be easy too, fall is history. Winter is here! What a shame, I really love Autumn and that build up to the Ski/Snowboard season, but winter has reared it’s head early this year – and seems like it begins earlier every year. Wolf Creek, CO being kind enough to hold a Powder Party in early October and Arapaho Basin and Loveland Mt. opening about a week or so after… The season is on! What this really means, is those of us who weren’t ready to stop taking hikes and fish, and whatever other Autumn rites of passage we may pursue, now need to run down to the basement or garage and pull our gear out of “dry dock”. Along with getting your stretch on and building some endurance by running up and down the stair case in the house, it’s time to take a good look at your gear and see what shape you so abruptly left them in last spring when the snow melted and broke your heart. Spring was a while back… Hopefully, you weren’t too scorned by winter’s quick departure and you took the time to wipe down your gear, de-burr your edges, and then give them a storage wax in order to prevent that drying and rusting which occurs over their quiet summer slumber.
Oh! Excellent you did! (Ha, sorry, I actually didn’t. Shame on me. After a heavy working holiday in the Southern Hemisphere, I was lazy enough to not touch my gear, and, hell, with that damn twelve hour flight… ) Well, you’re already ahead of the game. Once you take a look at your skis or board, you may notice that they actually look like they’re drier in some spots than in others even though they have wax on them. Over the course of the storage period your equipment did actually absorb some of that wax. So it’s still in the base, but at this point you may want to think about a scrape and re-application, especially with a temperature specific wax for the snow that you anticipate skiing/riding next. If the ski/board that you’re working with has sufficient storage wax, and you feel that it in an adequate temperature spectrum to what you will be riding, well then scrape away. (It wouldn’t hurt hear to reapply some heat with your tuning iron, allow your gear to come back to room temp. and then scrape.)
Done and ready to roll! … Yeah, but not quite yet. Let’s take a quick look at the edges. Even though you pursued all the proper precautions and had applied a more than sufficient storage wax, there may still be a hint of oxidation, or rust, on your edges. Best to address this now, before it get’s worse. There are a couple of easy solutions. One is to very gently rub the edge with a gummy stone (preferably a soft stone), and this should relieve the edge of that light residue. The second would be to address those edges with a diamond stone (again, of light grit). Both should take the oxidation away, but be careful as to not rub or polish too hard, because you could actually de-tune your edges. Unless that’s what you want.
Okay, maybe take a quick look at your bindings, make sure that everything is where it should be, locked down and not damaged from past season. Nothing is worse than making those few runs, really getting the balance together and enjoying it, you “kick a shoe” (-skiers) or “snap a toe strap” (-boarders). So take a moment now, have the fun later!
So with a pretty good gym regiment, or biking regime, or summer of skating, or whatever it is you do to keep your most important piece of equipment, your body, in shape, you are ready to get at it and not let a day slip by so when the Powder drops again you’ll be ready to slay it! Good luck and remember: “Fail to prepare, then be prepared to fail”.
If you hadn’t done the ol’ Spring Storage on your gear, or maybe you’re fortunate enough to have new gear to begin the season with, then it may not be a bad idea to visit your local tuning and repair shop and have your gear tuned and prepped for the upcoming adventures. (Feel free to visit us at Mono Cera, LLC, if you’re around Summit County, CO). Yeah, believe it or not, even new gear could use an initial tune, especially temperature specific wax… and maybe a de-tune.
Anyways, hopefully you are sorted and the hills will be open around you very soon! Here’s to a big snow season and plenty of adventures! Enjoy.
This is just a quick one, as it’s April 25th and most of us are done with the our seasons. Always a tough time of year… putting the gear away for “next year”. Believe it or not, there is one more reason to tune your equipment. Summer. Yeah, it would be too easy to stash the board(s) in the closet and say, “goodbye”, ’til next autumn when you wake ‘em up again. Truth be told, you’ll be doing your gear and yourself a huge favor by getting one more tune on them, before “hybernation”!
The end of the season tune, or “storage tune” can be pretty important, and make next season’s start that much easier on you. First, assess your base: is there any significant damage that needs to be addressed-? Now may be the time. Get them dialed now, so that they’re ready out of the gate! Second, get those edges set and ready. Have them de-burred or sharpened, so when they do go on the new snow next season, they’ll actually perform for you. Third, and most important ( and really the most easiest step,) invest a layer of storage wax on your equiptment. It will help prevent oxidation, or “drying”, of your base. What’s better, you don’t even have to scrape it off! Leave it on, and do yourself a favor and use a medium temperature range wax. This way if “old man winter” comes knocking early and you’re in a pinch, at least you’ll have something on your base that will perform… After you scrape it! You can even take it a step further and “crayon’ some wax onto your edges to prevent oxidation (, in this case “rusting,”) in them as well .
So do yourself and your equipment a favor and take a little time now, and save a whole lot of time later on when it may be a bit more valuable to you. It may save your equipment as well!
Well, i hope that everyone out there had a good season! It was tricky finding snow at times in North America, not necessarily the best snow season on record for some parts of the US… sitting here after riding a foot of fresh at Arapahoe Basin in Summit County, reflecting on the past seven months, it all seems really good. Crazy how one great day on snow will change your perceptions so quickly! Anyways, i’ve been really slack and away from the site, so i figured that i should really take a quick look back on the season and post a recap. Here we go…
It’s been an insanely busy December. As many of us are aware, it is an Olympic year. Viva the ‘Couver! That means many of this years events are either qualifying events, or an opportunity for winter athletes from all over the globe to get competition “ready” versus world class competition. That being said, every thing is a go, and has been since last Northern Hemisphere’s summer! Everything this season has had a little more of a feel of urgency or importance to it. First, athletes want on to their respective country’s team. Second, they want the grand prize, to be atop the podium after “battling” the rest of the world’s best! This being stated, you can imagine that the responsibilities that weigh on the Technicians, who will be responsible for bringing these athletes equipment up to world class standards, are massive. Skis and boards were being “prepped” as early as September, in some cases as early as August! So in rolled December, and so rolled the dice. It’s go time! Here are some photos to peak into the last very busy month!
* i GUESS THE PURPOSE OF THIS “BLOG” IS TO CORRELATE IT’S TECHNICAL MEANING TO THE COMMON SKIER/BOARDER… TO PUT IT IN LANGUAGE WE ALL DIG. i APOLOGIZE IF IT’S NOT “TECH-SPECIFIC” FOR SOME, BUT HOPE IT PROVIDES EXPLANATION FOR OTHERS.
With tuning its interesting that we’re constantly looking to the future! Yup, always checking on the forecast and trying to prescribe the best wax application in order to ensure us the best day on slope. I know, some people will say, “I never wax, it’s a waste of time”, or “I’ve ridden my skis/board straight out of the wrapper for the last two months”! Both are more than legit opinions, and honestly, no one knows how you like to ride your gear more than you. I mean you’re the one standing on it, right-?
Where it is a fact, that proper application of the correct temperature specific wax will reduce friction and drag on the base of your skis/board, and promote glide characteristics, only you can determine what type of performance you want your gear to achieve. Again, this being said, I hope only to convince you to take a bit of time to wax your skis/board for no other reason than “protection”! My point of looking to forecast is that it can be a drag, especially if you don’t see snow in it. More importantly, get to know the snow that you’re on or going to be riding. See, you can get away with not waxing, or not waxing regularly – if you have decent structure in your gear and, again, if that’s what you’re into. The problem here is that the snow that we ride upon is made up of crystals, and those crystals tear away at the base of your gear, ripping away what wax you do have in your base and even some of the base material itself! (This has nothing to do with the numerous contaminants that lie within the snow.)
The snow is your buddy, but let’s paint it this way: Almost every time you head out on it, it’s taking away something from your skis/board. Pretty crappy. You like your gear, you don’t want to see this happen to it… This is where wax enters the equation. Wax is the only material that you can “invest” into your skis/board (-other than p-tex, but that’s a whole other animal.) By waxing your gear, or bringing it to a tech. to do so, you’re not only improving the glide ratio, but you’re also investing into the base a protective measure.
You could look at the base of your skis/board as your skin. It’s not healthy for your body if your skin gets burnt-? The epidermal tissue usually dies and falls away. Sounds bad. Well, your base material does the same when it is “burnt” (look for oxidation or “whitening” on heavy contact points, ie: “under foot”) by the massive friction it creates with the snow crystals… Except when it “falls away”, it doesn’t rejuvenate like your skin! Protect that base! “Moisturize” it, wax it! If not for performance then for protection. You like your gear. Treat it right, and it’ll treat you right. Look out for each other.
Point being: Yup it’s a drag always “looking to the future” or planning ahead, but addressing the snow that is already out there can sometimes be even more critical to the preservation and performance of your gear. Take a moment, maybe you have a “soda” and give a little something back to your gear. It’ll reward you in the long run. Oh, and pray for more snow!
Well, here we go! This is the first blog in what i hope will be many. It’s a pretty difficult concept… a website/blog about tuning skis and snowboards. Could be boring to some, interesting to others. i’ll try to keep it as interesting as i can. What i hope to provide is some “tips” or “tricks” to the basics of tuning your gear, and additionally some insight into the activities of Mono Cera during the winter season.
i hope this is as enlightening as it is entertaining, and encourages you to start or continue tuning your own gear so that you can enjoy your time “on hill” even more so than i know you already do! Like i said, “here we go”, let’s have some fun with it!