Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Treat your skis like your own skin.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Stories by Rosalie Rayburn For the Journal *Photographs by Dev Mukh Khalsa Of the Journal

Whether you're 10 years old or 60, the thrill of skiing and snowboarding is mostly about speed the sheer joy of all that fresh cold air whooshing past your face.

Sadly, the more fun you have on your winter sporting equipment, the more attention you have to lavish on it. Rocks, pebbles, gravel, branches all these small but abrasive elements can put unsightly scratches and gouges on the bottom of your board or skis, ultimately affecting speed. Ice and icy snow conditions also take their toll on the metal edges of skis and boards, and dull edges just don't grab and turn the way they should when they're sharp. …

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