The 5 top tips on Pro versus DIY Ski/Snowboard Service Technician

by Tara and Heidi - 12:21 on 26 July 2022

What are the benefits of doing your servicing?

This is an excellent question, and we understand the need to know the difference before you pay out on tools and waxes.

At Snowboard Guru, we can help you by servicing it for you, or you can do one of our technician programmes. Hopefully, this article will help you make the best decision by outlining the pros and cons of Pros vs DIY. This way, by the end, you can identify the best for you.

How much will it cost me?

  • A professional technician is cheaper in the short term, as you do not have to buy all the equipment (tools and waxes), which is costly—a service price guide.
  • But doing it yourself, we know it can be very costly to do one of our Technician Programmes and buy tools and waxes. But in the long term, your outlay will pay off, especially if you have a large group or family. You can sit back and see what you have achieved. Also, you can get your holiday beer money from them!!!!

How long will it take me?

  • We also know time is precious, and it is easier for you to get someone to do it for you; the only hard work for you will be arranging the collection and drop off.
  • At first, servicing your skis/snowboard may look daunting, but if you keep on top of it, it just gets more accessible, and you will find it less and less work to do, and it will pay off in the long run.

Where is the best place to service my ski/snowboard?

  • Now, when you take it to your local workshop, you do not have to worry about cleaning up all the mess at the end of the day.
  • It's great to do DIY, but we know your other half will shout,” I HOPE YOU ARE NOT MAKING A MESS IN THERE!” So our top tip is not to do it in your best suit or on your dining room table!!! The good idea is to take your workbench outside or, if you are lucky enough, to own your garage. How about using a friend’s garage and servicing their skis or snowboard for free!!!

Can I do all the work myself?

  • There are some things you should never attempt on your own. Putting on your ski bindings is a professionally trained job; even a ski workshop will probably only have 1-2 people. If you have new skis and bindings, you should put them on for free.
  • When looking at big jobs, it is a good idea to make sure you pick the correct Technician Course as you might not need to do (e.g. core shot patches, side wall and boot fit) all yourself, as it is not a common thing to do, as it happens now and again. It will also be easier to pay someone else, especially if you have to buy more tools.

How much knowledge do I need?

  • Take it to your local shop; hopefully, they will know, as there are so many skis/snowboard brands out there, knowing what type of ski/snowboard you have, as in the style of camber profile or if you have multiple edge contact points for the exemplary service, they will do for you. See blog on pros and cons of ski servicing and hire shop.
  • The benefit of servicing your skis/snowboard is that you know your model and brand but not on techniques. If you learn from YouTube, you will lose out on one-to-one teaching. We recommend checking our programmes.


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