All of our core skate grinds are compound grinds made as two grinds cut onto the ski one on top of the other or two grinds cut into the stone. The LZ0 and the LZ2 run well in both new and transformed snow and both can perform outside of the printed range. The PL3 and PL4 are best suited for transformed snow, but the PL3 will often run in new snow if the humidity is high enough. The Vario grind is a new offering from Gear West that runs best in man-made snow and is made with the new Variotech technology recently installed on our Tazzarri grinder. For skiers looking for one grind to perform in all conditions in the Midwest – the LZ2 would be the choice. In other parts of the country with warmer and more humid snow, the PL3 would be a good choice. At Gear West we are always happy to discuss appropriate grind choice for skis – give us a call to discuss.



The PL4 is an aggressive skate grind for wet snow conditions - range +32F and up. The PL4 is for wet, transformed snow and is a good choice for those with a dedicated wet snow ski.



The PL3 is another universal grind that has a broad range and runs well in many different snow types. It is a more aggressive than our LZ2 making it a better option as a universal grind for areas of the country that have warmer and more humid snow. It is also a good option as a base grind for warmer profile skate skis and clear base skis.

This universal grind for all types of snow - range +20F - +40F. The PL3 is a skate grind suitable for violet and red conditions, this grind has a large range and can often perform outside of its set temperatures. It will perform well in new and transformed snow and accepts hand structure well for wet conditions. A good choice for clear base skis.



The LZ2 is a universal grind that runs well in all snow types and has a broad temperature range. This grind is our go to grind for customers looking for one grind that performs in all conditions. It accepts hand structure very well, and can be made more aggressive this way for warm and wet conditions.



The LZ0 is a fine, cold snow grind that is suitable for all cold snow types. It has an ideal range of -10F to 15F but can often perform outside of this range. The LZO is a good option for those skiers looking for a grind for a dedicated pair of cold skis, and can also be a suitable option as a base grind for those experienced with hand structure.


Unique to the classic LC grinds is our ability to make linear ‘centered’ grinds. In traditional linear grinds the structure pattern trends off the ski to one side, from left to right. In ‘centered’ grinds the pattern begins at the center and trends off the ski both to the left and right, allowing for better moisture management and tracking.



The LC4 is a wet and transformed snow – range +25F and up. The LC4 is an aggressive, wet snow grind and is a good choice for classic skis picked for ‘klister’ and ‘klister-covered’ conditions.



The LC2 is a universal grind for all types of snow – range +10F - +30F. The LC2 has a large temperature range and is a good choice for classic skiers looking for one grind suitable for all conditions.



The LC0 is a fine grind for all types of snow – range -5F - +15F. The LC0 is a classic stonegrind suited for cold temperature snow, new and transformed.

If you would like to work with one of our professionals to help select the proper grind for you and your skiing conditions feel free to give us a call at 877-473-4327.