The Why and What of Waxing your Skis

The Why and What of Waxing your Skis

If you have ever sputtered down the slope while others were whizzing by you, your Ski’s may need to be waxed. For the occasional Skier, this may not have made it to your to do list. If you are only going for a weekend, you might wonder if you have to wax or if you can get by without slicking up your Skis. Most will say it is not absolutely necessary, however the experts will steer you in the opposite direction.

The Benefits of Waxing Skis

The Slide and Glide- Without waxing, your ride will feel every aspect of the snow underneath you. Feeling the speed and smoothness of the slope is contributed to a nice coat of Wax on your Skis. Wax can assist in learning to turn and curve fluidly while providing a dynamic experience on the hill. Seasoned skiers will appreciate the easy flow they are used to on their runs.

Maintaining Your Skis – Skis that are maintained will perform better than those that are not. The slopes are typically not free from small rocks or bits of ice. These can cause quite a bit of damage to your Skis. When divots and peeling occur, the base becomes exposed. Drying out and cracking within the base is hard to repair with most needing to be replaced. Waxing provides a protective layer to your Skis to prevent damages on your route.

What Type of Wax is Good for You?

You can Wax your Skis at home or take your equipment to a specialty shop for care. Skiers generally prefer the DIY method to make sure their Skis are properly covered and to save costs. Shops are convenient for a higher price tag as materials and time begin to add up. Whichever you choose, your next step will be to determine the type of Wax you want to apply.

What Type of Wax is Good for You?
What Type of Wax is Good for You?

Universal Waxes- These types of Wax will work in all temperatures and conditions. You will find drip versions and rub on which are easy to handle. It is important to note that Universal Waxes may be quicker to use, they do not last as long and are proven less effective as their counterparts.

Temperature Specific- The temperature range you will have your Skis on is a much-needed detail for this Wax. They are formulated to interact based on temperature and snow consistency. Wet and slushy versus compacted and crushed can make a world of Waxy difference. If you are unsure of the elements, make a call the Ski spot your headed to and they should be able to provide the information.

Fluorocarbons- Unless you are Skiing the sporty side of the slope in a competition or on a pro level, you may not need to use fluorocarbons. With a high and low intensity they are made to perform in a variety of settings. Intermediate or hobby Skiers find this Wax to be too expensive for their goals and will usually avoid purchasing Fluorocarbons.