Can you use ski wax on cross-country skis?
Only waxable classic cross-country skis should be waxed at the grip zone (underneath your foot). Fishscale or skin skis don’t need any grip wax. Grip wax on classic cross-country skis is all about a compromise between grip and glide. Applying this kind of wax is quite technical and needs to be done properly.
What kind of wax do you use for cross-country skis?
There are two types of ski waxes, and they fulfill similar, but slightly different functions, for both classic and skating cross-country skis. Glide wax is the wax you will encounter more frequently. All cross-country skis require glide wax. Glide wax is applied to the entire base of skate style skis.
Should beginners wax skis?
“Most beginners in skiing feel that their skis should not be waxed because it might make them go too fast,” said Warren Raymond, ski professional with the Asa C.
How do you wax cross-country skis for the first time?
The molten tip of the wax block should rub easily onto the base of the ski and form as a thin layer. After you crayon the length of the ski, starting at the tip, run the iron evenly down the length of the ski. This is the intimidating part for waxing rookies, since high heat is applied directly to the ski.
How do you choose cross-country ski wax?
Choose a Grip Wax
- Hard waxes are the most popular choice. They work best when temperatures are cold and snow crystals are sharp.
- Klister waxes are for warmer conditions and/or on snow that has repeatedly melted and refrozen.
- Spray waxes offer a quick parking-lot fix for your skis.
Should I wax my cross-country skis?
Traditional striding cross country skis will need regular waxing on the center third of the base to enable them to perform properly on the snow. Wax will keep dirt out of the base, prevent the base from drying out and will keep your skis gliding fast. Some cross country skis, however, are waxless.
How do I choose a ski wax?
Wax Temperature Ratings
- Warm rated (Red or Yellow) hydrocarbon is best above 25 F.
- Cold rated (Green or Blue) hydrocarbon is best below 25 F.
- Universal all-temperature (White) hydrocarbon is a good one-wax system for non-racers.
Should I wax my new cross-country skis?
A new ski should be ready to go immediately. Therefore, you don’t have to wax our cross-country skis before using them for the first time. You don’t have to, but you can if you want to glide easily. But even the best cross-country ski wants to be waxed sometime.
What kind of ski wax should I use?
For recreational skiers and boarders, a basic hydrocarbon wax is usually suitable. For a step up in glide, go with a low-fluorocarbon wax. Racers often use expensive high-fluorocarbon waxes for the greatest glide.
How do you wax cross-country skis at home?
Waxing your classic cross-country skis
- Clean the ski base by brushing it.
- Apply the wax and iron on the two glide zones.
- Let the wax cool down for at least 10 minutes.
- Scrape the groove then the ski base to remove any excess wax.
- Brush again to get a better finish.