Surprisingly, only a small percentage of skiers and snowboarders take the time and energy required to properly wax the base of their equipment. Skis and snowboards simply don't perform as well when they are not maintained.
There are different waxes for the different temperatures. Colder snow with sharper snow crystals need a more robust wax to keep the skis from getting damaged, whereas warmer, wetter snow causes more friction, which can slow you down without the right wax.
For those that are lazy, there are rub on waxes that can easily be applied in a few minutes. But before you get too lazy, you should always remember that the more time you spend putting the wax on, the longer it will last.
Once you have determined the temperature of snow that you are likely to encounter, you will need the following items:
- Iron for ironing the wax into the ski base
- Vise for stabilizing skis while waxing
- Scraper for removing extra wax
- Brush for removing extra wax
For more techniques including some waxing techniques for first time waxers, check out this awesome Spadout article on How to Wax Skis.
--Jason D. Martin