Wallrides demand commitment. A rider needs enough speed during the approach, or run-in, to glide through the transition and climb the wall to their highest potential. A good hot wax is a necessity whenever tuning your ride. It can never hurt and always makes a noticeable difference in speed-especially when you nail the temperature of wax for the snow conditions. For wallrides specifically, though, it’s just as important to make sure the edges of your board don’t hang up or catch during a trick.

As always, the edges at the tip and tail of your board should be rounded and smoothed with a file or “stone.” If your board has a metal edge all the way around the nose and tail (full-wrap edges), it’s only to increase durability and not to help you turn-so don’t worry about dulling the edge along this part of your board.

The next step is to slightly “bevel” the base edges (there are two sides to a board’s edge, base and side) away from the P-tex of the base along the rest of your board-especially between the bindings. This will allow you to hold an edge while turning, and it will also prevent you from digging into the wall or coping as you grind through in style.