Rick's Tips

We choose to sell only Stockli skis here at Ski Sharp because I feel they offer the highest level of performance, the best quality construction, and the best durability of any brand of skis on the market today.
Our customers are some of the best skiers in Vermont, therefore it is very important to me to be able to offer them the finest ski equipment available. I have the opportunity to ski on and work with all the top ski brands, including many of the "not for sale" race room, hand built models. The Stockli skis are noticeably better than all the others.
My son Travis has been a ski racer since he was a little boy, and I have always searched for the fastest skis for him to race on. We both ski on Stocklis, and he's still winning races.  

Why Marker?

I have only sold one brand of ski binding ever here at Ski Sharp, and that is the binding that I use, Marker.
My relationship with the Marker company has been excellent. Their bindings are designed and built in Germany, and their materials and craftsmanship are of the highest quality.
Marker also offers the best warranty on their products that I know of. I have a cut-a-way, working display model of the marker toe piece on my sales counter, and I would love to show you how it can out perform other bindings.
Skiing always involves a certain amount of risk - that's what makes it fun. We want our customers to stay healthy and keep having fun. That's why we sell only Marker ski bindings.

Why Swix?
Many skiers never realize how much difference a great pole can make in their skiing experience. The stiffness, swing weight, and balance of a Swix pole really make a day of skiing more enjoyable. They are strong and light, and have a great feel in your hand. I like to sell my customers equipment that has the best value, and with our Swix poles we offer just that. Swix pricing is very competitive and they offer the highest quality. The next time you ski, buy yourself a pair of Swix Pro Race poles. I guaranty you will never regret the decision.

Why Briko?

What is a "hand tune" Hand tuning is a personal relationship that the ski technician has with the skis that are being tuned. All true racing skis get this type of personal attention, and your skis should too. A hand tuned ski will always perform better, be easier to control, and last longer than a totally machine tuned ski.
Here at Ski Sharp, I hand tune each and every pair of skis. The skis are closely looked at during the entire tuning process, and each pair is given the individual effort required to make it perform up to it's maximum potential. Basically a tuning machine can not tell one pair of skis from another. They remove the same amount of edge and base material from a race ski as they would from a pair of rock ski beaters. Also, a good ski technician gets better with time and experience while a tuning machine wears out, gets loose and and does a less accurate job.
For me, the real undefinable difference between hand tuning and a machine tune is the human emotion. I really want you, or your child, to win that race that I just tuned the skis for, and it's important to me that you have the best skiing experience possible. After the races I always look for the finish results to find out how well everyone that had their skis tuned at Ski Sharp did. I truly enjoy putting in the extra effort when I can see the results and the appreciation in the eyes of my customers.

What is a "racer's edge"

A racer's edge is a smooth and accurate hand filed edge; it has a more acute edge angle than is normally found on most recreational skis. Edges with side bevel angles of 2 degrees to 3 degrees and base edge bevels of 0 degrees to 1 degree are the most commonly used racing edge profiles. At Ski Sharp, we can custom tune your skis to what ever edge angles that you perfer, but we have found that most of our customers and racers do the best with a 2 degree side edge and a 1 degree base edge bevel. After filing the edge, I polish it four different ways before the ski is waxed. A smooth edge is faster, more durable, and easier to control with less tip crossing and edge catching. Should you have a racer's edge even if you only ski recreationally and at slower speeds? We think you should, especially if you want to be a better skier and have more fun.