It's early winter. You're arcing perfect turns, proud of your resolve, when you hear a loud chhrreccchh underfoot. Don't panic; repairing a rock gouge in your ski or snowboard base is relatively easy for a do-it-yourselfer. Here is a step-by-step look at what to do.
How do you know what's doable at home versus what you should take to the shop? Dik Lang, REI Seattle's ski shop master tech, advises: "Think like a doctor: If you have a headache, take an aspirin. But if you break an arm, don't attempt surgery on yourself."
To make the call, take a good look at the gouge.
If you decide the repair is within your reach, read on for next steps.
Contributor: Dik Lange, REI Seattle master ski tech
By Susan Schnier
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Last updated: 02/18/2014
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