Once you get on course you will understand why a lethally sharp tune on your skis is so important.  The expectation is that you will show up on your first day with your skis course ready.  Please get your skis tuned prior to your first volunteer day.

During the event, two free ski tunes will be available to all Talon Crew volunteers at Beaver Creek Sports.  They are convieniently located at the top of the first escalator in Beaver Creek Village.  You get two free tunes during the event by showing your credential.  Generally, they are open early to accommodate our schedule and to have you skis ready the next morning.  Please confirm pick up times with the shop attendant. Generally, you should be able to just stop by on the way up to the lift and pick them up.

First Drop Off Date:  Sun. Dec. 1, 2019 until 7:00pm

Last Drop Off Date:   Sat. Dec. 7, 2019 until 7:00 pm

Last Pick Up Date:  Sun. Dec. 8, 2019 pick up open at 6:00 am

We have also partnered with Venture Sports in Avon for those desiring a true race tune to your specifications.  Venture Sports quite simply offers the best tunes in the valley and have extended to us coupons for $25 tunes.  They do an awesome job and will tune your skis to your specification and ski.  Typically a race tune is 0-1 degree on the bottom and 2-3 degrees on the side, i.e., a bevelled edge.  Coupons will be published in the newsletters to confirmed volunteers.

Again, the expectation is that you arrive on course with your skis already tuned and ready to go.  If you’ve done course work early season before, then you know that there can be “boney spots” that are hard of your skis, a.k.a., core shots.  A special thanks to Talon Crew veteran Chip Ford for setting up his gear in the Bird Cage at the top of Lift 9 to help you with these emergency situations.  Please consider that we need you on course, so this should not be used as a free ski tune shop.  It’s for emergency repairs and touch ups only.


As a convenience for all on course volunteers, free ski storage is provided at the Bird Bay.  This is the ski valet in the brown building to the right of Lift 6 Centennial Express.  This is a self service ski storage and is open from 6:00am to 6:00pm.  The door will be locked at night and the open door will be attended during the day.  Due to limited space, ski storage is only for volunteers working the next day.  Please be considerate of others and do not leave your skis there if it’s going to be a few days before your are back.

All skis must be removed by the end of the day on the last Sunday of the even (Sun, Dec. 8, 2019).

Each year we usually have a few “ski swaps” where someone reports their skis missing but it turns out that someone else grabbed the wrong skis.  It might be to your benefit to make sure you name is on your skis.  Duct tape and a sharpie are useful for this chore.