I used www.Racewax.com and www.Tognar.com for many of the links today. When possible, I shop in town, but I cannot always find what I need. Sturtevants and World Cup both have a nice selection of tools and waxes, and their knowledge can be invaluable. (links may need to be pasted into your browser) Please ALSO look at the Blog Index- I may have already written something to answer your question. http://www.cmacskiracing.com/Tuning?mode=PostView&bmi=1149163
To do basic maintenance, you need:
1.) File/stone guides for side and base edges
My favorite base guides:
My favorite side guides:
Side edge planer: http://www.tognar.com/ergo-sidewall-planer-blades/
I have tried almost everything out there. These work the best for me.
2.) A file, a couple stones, some lubrication and a cleaning brush.
This is my favorite overall stone. The file is a medium-duty, high quality file. The gumi is to give a better final finish.
3.) A couple of good plastic scrapers
You will need a way to keep them sharp too. Here is a simple design for a scraper sharpener: http://www.tognar.com/2011-tuning-tips-winner/
4.) A wax iron and/or wax wizard and/or cork
Iron in a kit: http://www.tognar.com/tognar-ski-hot-wax-kit-110v-usa-can/
Wax Wizard: http://www.tognar.com/wax-wizard-rub-in-ski-wax-no-iron-repl-covers/
Starting out, a good iron is needed. A digital iron is wonderful, but a bit of a luxury for most people. The Wax Wizard pays for itself the first day you use it with expensive waxes- like fluros.
5.) Base and wax brushes
There are some in the above wax kit or here is a nice little 3-brush kit:
HUGE subject. Here are some simple suggestions to get you started: Buy warm, cheap hydrocarbon wax for general ski cleaning and prep. Find a univeral temp low fluro wax for entry level racing.
7.) Vice and bench
There are MANY approaches to benches and vices. I own several, and I have built many more. If you want my opinion just ask!
See you on the hill- Sun Peaks is coming SOON!!