Grind Menu

Nordic Ultratune uses the Mantec Ski Numericontrol 140 CNC stone grinding machine. The Mantec grinder is the most advanced machine in North America today. It produces very precise and well defined structures with the best reproducibility. 

Testing at the end of the 2016/17, continued into Dec. 2017, has led to an updated grind menu.   The new Ultratune Vario 2 (UV-2) has superseded a few of the old structures and simplifies the menu.

Pick one of our listed grinds below for most conditions. They have broad ranges and can be used in virtually all common conditions. For "special purpose" grinds Contact Us.


UV-2  (Skate Universal)

NEW  The Ultratune Vario 2 (UV-2) is a new, very versatile, structure developed and and refined by Nordic Ultratune. Ultratune Vario 2 structure (UV2).  After a great deal of testing, the UV2 has superseded some of the familiar Ultratune structures    It’s a fine structure with a very broad range of use, from cold fine snow to transformed snow just below the melt point.   

The UV-2 covers the glide wax range of Swix 5-6-7 (or Toko Red) and makes a terrific universal skate grind.

D5U (Skate Warm)

The D5U is a update of a World Cup grind from Stefano Vuerich of Italy and has achieved success at the highest levels. The grind has a visible symmetric angled interference pattern. An excellent  grind for transformed large grained snow, and medium-to-moist, new and machine – groomed snow conditions. Typically 0C to -5C.

The D5U covers the glide wax range of Swix 8-10 (or Toko Red/Yellow mix to Yellow) and is excellent in transformed snow and moist snow into the "plus" temperature range.    Excellent warm skate grind and also excellent on Zero skis.

XC02 (Skate Extra Cold)

the XC02 structure is a premium multi-layered grind. Tests have shown that it performs excellently in a very broad range of colder, dry, fine-grained, and abrasive snow.  It is extremely “free” feeling. It's a good grind for very hilly courses and will develop high downhill speed. The XC02 helps skiers on fine, dry snow at lower humidity down to  polar conditions of -10/-25°C.  It will work effectively up to -5C in very low moisture conditions.


MVL (Classic Universal)

A half-depth linear grind at 24 lines/cm, the MVL functions well as a general purpose grind for medium humidity, "Eastern Cascades slopes", and other general sub-freezing conditions. The MVL runs better than XC02 as temps get warmer and humidity is higher. The MVL is often picked for classic skis, but runs well on skate skis in some conditions.

L3 (Classic Warm)

The L3 is used for general purpose, large crystals, and transformed snows, from "violet" and down to -5°C. It will work effectively up into "plus degrees" and is especially good with classic skis.

XC02 (Classic Extra Cold)

the XC02 structure is a premium multi-layered grind. Tests have shown that it performs excellently in a very broad range of colder, dry, fine-grained, and abrasive snow.  It is extremely “free” feeling. It's a good grind for very hilly courses and will develop high downhill speed. The XC02 helps skiers on fine, dry snow at lower humidity down to  polar conditions of -10/-25°C.  It will work effectively up to -5C in very low moisture conditions.