Stone grinding can restore a ski base surface when damaged from normal use, scratches, and over heating from an iron. Stone grinding will make your skis faster! Many skiers grind their skis once every few seasons but many racers grind each season to have the best performance and some serious racers will stone grind shortly before their “A” race to maximize ski performance. Skis can generally be ground multiple times. On the low end (heavy damage to the base hence much base removal) skis can only be ground 4-6 times but there are cases of skis being able to take up to 40 stone grinds over the life of a ski.
Pioneer Midwest uses a Wintersteiger Race Series machine that uses digital programming. This means we can recreate the same structure easily. Our machine is used only for Nordic skis and uses a Nordic specific stone and diamond for structuring the skis.
Our grind menu is simple to reflect how things are often done on the World Cup. KISS applies (keep it simple …) There is no sense in having complex structures on your skis that only work in niche conditions. In very general terms… cold snow, cold structure; warm snow, warm structure. Classic structures are generally linear in nature and skate grinds tend to be crossing. The reason is classic skis are always in motion when they interact with snow whereas skate skis are battling static release so the structure needs to be shallower and crossing to help the skis feel “free” Our structures are clean, efficient and take hand structure very well.
$70: includes all pre and post grind work. Wax service including hot box and base hardening extra
SC1 ~ 15F and colder, cold squeaky snow
SC2 ~ 10F-40F, best all around skate grind
CL1 ~ 20F and colder, all snow types
CL2 ~ 10-40F, most universal classic structure
Warm Structure (for both skate and classic):
AW3 ~ 25F+ in old snow, 32F+ in new snow, for both skate and classic