There’s nothing better than a finely tuned snowboard or pair of skis as you carve your first turn of the day, whether you’re hitting a groomed slope, a terrain park or going off-piste. But not everyone has the time, the know-how, or the proper equipment to repair bases, iron wax or sharpen edges at home. Sometimes, it’s best to leave this work to the professionals. Head to your local specialty shop. Otherwise, if you’re near a Public Lands store location, consider it your go-to spot for snowsport equipment fitting, tuning and repair—all with reasonable pricing and a turnaround of two to five days. Here’s what to look for and when before taking your technical equipment to the pros in order to get the best (and most) use from your skis, boards, boots and bindings as possible.
Make sure your boot fit is perfect
Step one in choosing a new ski or snowboard actually begins with the boot. “The only thing that never changes is your foot,” says Gary Mazur, manager of operational planning for Public Lands, “In both skiing and snowboarding, almost all of the control, power as well as the performance is in how the boot fits.”
To that end, Public Lands staff will make sure your boot has the right fit, flex and shape. It shouldn’t be too tight (you’ll be uncomfortable) or too loose (you can get injured). Purchasing a boot on-site includes a full-service boot fitting where you’ll get the benefit of a BootDoc 3D foot scanner to customize the boot insole to your foot, in accordance with your preferred riding or skiing style.
“It’s an investment when you buy a boot, so we want to make sure you get the best return on investment,” Gary says. “It is our goal to make that boot perfect for you.” You can also bring in a boot you already own for a fitting or upgrade for a fee. For any boot fitting, an appointment isn’t required but recommended so staff can allot enough time with you.
Get the right binding
After getting the right boot and proper fit, next up is binding. Public Lands stores feature Wintersteiger machines on-site to test the tension (and to set the release) for your bindings. Whether you’re a beginner skier hitting the bunny slopes or an advanced snowboarder hitting the terrain park, you’ll get the tension needed for your style. And if you’re a beginner, you can always come back to reset as your skills develop.
“We get your boot right, first, the binding right, second, and then the ski or snowboard,” says Mazur. Knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art equipment help make sure you leave with the perfect gear for a day on the slopes.