Stone grinding is the best method to refresh ski bases that have been damaged, oxidized or worn out. Normal wear and tear will eventually make a ski base convex. In addition, poor snow conditions can leave bases scratched or badly gouged. Long term exposure to the atmosphere will also oxidize the delicate polyethylene base materials. years of ironing medium and cold weather waxes can effectively "seal" microscopic base pores — vital to wax absorption — creating an impermeable plastic sheet that is only fast for a few Ks. Stone Grinding will flatten a ski’s base, open up its pores and leave a pristine finish, allowing easy wax absorption and many Ks of fast skiing. Slow skis never make for a fun day — a fast grind will help you enjoy the experience that much more.
The New Moon Way
Before skis are ground, each pair is individually evaluated and hand-tuned as needed. Following the grinding process, each ski is cleaned with a special base conditioner optimizing the fresh base material for wax penetration and adhesion. Skis then receive a generous application of Fast Wax Fluoro Hotbox Wax whether they are finished or heading to the hotbox for further post-grind prep. This prevents oxidization of an untreated base and provides a protective coating for shipping or transport. We recommend applying and scraping 2-3 additional layers of base prep wax or soft glide wax before applying the "wax of the day." Repeated waxing and scraping helps condition and speed up the gliding surface of freshly ground skis. We can also provide a condition-specific ready-to-ski waxing service that leaves skis fully prepped and ready upon pick up or arrival at your door. Be sure to detail your request in the comments section of the order form, you will simply be charged as needed Remember, freshly-ground skis will become faster with frequent follow-up waxing. Please allow 6-10 waxing/skiing cycles before skis are fully up to speed. If your completed grind needs to be altered or modified to meet your needs or expectations, that's no problem – just let us know. Satisfaction is guaranteed. For further information, give us a call, (800) 754-8685 or email.
The Grind Service Menu
Stone Grinding Schedule
New Moon aims to grind skis weekly from late October through late April. Generally, we will process grind batches mid-week. The weekly drop-off deadline for grinding is usually 4pm Monday, with finished skis ready for pickup or shipping by Friday afternoon, but often sooner. This schedule may vary somewhat, especially around holidays and during Birkie week. If you have specific scheduling needs for your grind, please contact Chris.
Old Man Winter Cold Grind — $65
Approximate temp range: 20F and colder, fresh to lightly transformed snows. Perfect for your cold day race skis, this is an ultra-fine, linear grind for the really cold days on the trail. A fine linear pattern minimizes friction on cold, fresh snow crystals and is recommended for those days you walk out and hear the snow squeak under your feet. Old Man Winter is a shallow, low-impact grind that can be refreshed and repeated many times. Extremely popular in the Upper Midwest and Rockies.
New Moon Universal Cold Grind — $65
Approximate temp range: 0F to 30F, fresh to moderately transformed snows. The New Moon Universal Cold is a versatile grind that will bring new and old skis back to factory condition with fast, flat bases. We recommend this grind if you ski one pair of skis in many different conditions. This versatile grind works especially well for highly variable Midwestern and New England snow conditions, including new snow, moderately transformed snow, machine-tilled and man-made snow — always a safe choice for the high school or citizen racer. A super grind for racers relying on one pair of skis. Single pair owners skiing in regions with faster snow transformation due to freeze-thaw cycles, heavy traffic, or heavy tilling should consider the Universal Warm grind below.
New Moon Universal Warm Grind — $65
Approximate temp range: 20F to 35F, moderately to heavily transformed and refrozen or icy snows. Transformed snows are the real key here, more so than temperature. This is a moisture management grind ideal for regions or calendar periods with freeze-thaw cycles. Perfect for glazed classic tracks – even well below 20F. This can be an excellent race grind for late season, but not for wet, slop snow or corn snow. For slop see the "t-shirt grind" below.
Skiing in a T-Shirt Warm Grind — $65
Approximate temp range: 32F , wet slop or corn snow. We’ve all been there, and you must be ready with some special skis. As the title suggests, this grind can channel water like a rain gutter, — a necessity for warm weather racing. Intended for 32°F and warmer, this grind utilizes deep channels to handle snow moisture and reduce speed-killing suction, while helping your skis move over wet transformed and corn snow crystals that are associated with warm-weather and spring skiing. Are your sleeves and tights rolled up? Are your boots soaking wet? This is the grind!
Pre-Grind Tuning & Repair — $15 and up
Some skis that are badly scratched and gouged may require significant repair work before grinding. In most cases, scratches, gouges and minor edge damage can be repaired. In addition, strongly convex or concave bases can be steel-scraped to achieve a flat base before grinding. Skis will be evaluated upon arrival for repair and tuning needs. We are glad to address any tuning requests that you may have.
Hot Boxing Service
New Moon has now partnered with Ski Sauna Hot Boxes. Hot boxing involves applying a generous layer of a soft, penetrating glide wax to a ski, then carefully heating the skis in our Ski Sauna at a precisely controlled temperature for a period of time, then slowly returning them to room temperature. This allow maximum wax saturation and assures the best possible on-snow performance. Hot boxing is just the first step- continued waxing is a must for all high performance skis. Hot boxing is a great way to prep new skis, but it will also help used skis, especially if they are freshly stone ground, as grinding opens up pores in the ski base.
Hot Box Service with a New Moon Stone Grind — Add $25 to any grind
Skis are left unscraped for base protection unless otherwise specified.