It’s always disappointing to wrap up a great day on the hill, only to find a big ol’ gash in your base.
Fortunately, however, it’s usually not that big of a deal. Many of the dings and gouges in your bases can be repaired with some inexpensive equipment and a bit of know-how. After reading this article, you should be able to handle simple, small base repairs. And since it’s low-tide in many places across the globe right now, chances are good that you’ve had some encounters with a rock or two at this point in the season.
Note that by “small repairs,” we mean most gouges and scrapes that are smaller than a quarter. If the base gouge is any larger, especially if it’s down to the core material of your ski/board and along the edge, you may want to go to your local shop and request a base weld (which should cost approximately $20–30). Though it is possible to do base welds on your own, at home, shops have specialized equipment that makes the job easier. Below we’ll say more about base welds vs. the easier fixes you can do at home with what’s called a P-Tex candle.