Base edge beveling is lifting the edges of your skis /snowboard off the snow so they won't engage until tilted.
Side edge bevels are created for the skis/snowboard to penetrate further into hard snow or ice.
It won't take long, when skiing over ice and hard snow before the edges of your skis/snowboard will need sharpening. Normal groomed hard pack can dull out your edges enough so that a daily diamond stone wipe is really a good habit to get into. The diamond stone will take out any burrs. Then, at least once a week, file the side edges with an edge tuning tool.
You can actually use a diamond stone to deburr your skis/snowboard right at the slopes, by running your stone down the side edges while holding the bevel to the edge. When you file the side edges, you need to secure the skis on a solid surface. For skis use a heavy rubber band wrap to hold the brakes up.
Make your file strokes in lengths that don't strain your arm by pulling the tool 16-18 inches, then overlapping. Always file in the same direction – from tip to tail.
If the file feels like it is not cutting, clean off the file with a wire brush or adjust it in the bevel tool to a new spot. Test the sharpness of the edge of your file by rubbing a fingernail gently across the edge. A finished sharp edge will remove a visible wrap of your nail, while a dull edge will not.
Ski/snowboard edges are not 90 degrees, so invest in a variable edge bevel that will hold a file to a preset degree off of 90. Once you know the manufacturer’s recommended bevel, set the tool, insert the file, and set the flat tool edge against the bottom of the ski/snowboard.
The sharpening tools and stones you will need are available in most ski shops.
A good filing tip to remember is to run a magic marker down the edge before you begin to file. When you file the mark off you can be sure you are close to finishing that part of the edge, and you will know where to start your next stroke. Once both edges are done, run a fine diamond stone or piece of fine emery paper over the edge.
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