lordhelmut wrote:How is your edging ability and where do you live?
REI and ski tuning are two entities that don't go well together.
First of all, I love REI garage sales. And their customer service is awesome. But I took my old race skis into REI last fall for a stone grind to get them back in shape...Their grinder broke down so I ended up with just a basic sharpen and wax. IMO the sharpen wasn't good enough. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day. I got a good grind from Christy's Englewood on a used pair I picked up half way through winter. I'd go back there. And yes, a stone grind is a great idea to start with and then maintain them at home from there. The appropriate frequency will obviously depend on a lot of factors, but once every year or two should be a good ballpark.
As for edging, my file guide will give you 89 degrees (Is that a one degree bevel?). I have a couple files of varying courseness, and a diamond file to finish if we really want to get pretty. I raced in high school, so I tuned two pairs a week for about 8 weeks every winter. Maybe it was my edging ability that kept me out of states, but we'd be talking about edging on the hill.
And I live in the Lowry area of Denver, roughly Quebec and 1st.